How to Identity Leather?

Aniline (A) or porous leathers
Use a fingernail, bone spatula or equivalent to lightly scratch or roughen  the leather surface. If the scratched areas turns to a lighter colour and the leather is plain surfaced (no pile), then it’s likely an aniline type. Alternately you can rub a wet surface, such as wet bone spatula or wet your finger, into the leather. If it darkens somewhat, and then dies back to the original colour, again it’s probably aniline type. Other aniline leathers may be known as unprotected, naked or raw; or even crust.

Protected (P) or non porous leathers
use a fingernail , bone spatula or equivalent to lightly scratch or roughen the leather surface. But unlike aniline leather, it the scratched area does not change colour or lighten, then it is finished or protected leather. Alternately you can apply a leather cleaner or conditioner in an out of the way location. The leather care product should no markedly alter or change colour to the leather. An aqueous (water) based cleaner will usually bead up on the shiny leather surface (if any protection is remaining) of a protected leather.

Nubuck (N) leathers
This type of leather will have a soft, very low and uniform pile or softly “micro-sanded” surface. It can appear similar to a microfiber textile fabric, very low pile velvet, or even to some aniline leather. Also if you wet the surface slightly, nubuck will darken noticeably. It may dry back to the original shade or slightly darker, depending on how the nubuck leather was finished. Nubuck are generally porous leather, but can be finished with a fluoro-chemical to provide some resistance to water penetration and staining.

Tips For Maintaining Leather Lounges & Furniture in Orange NSW & Bathurst NSW

Nubuck Leather
Tips For Maintaining Leather Lounges & Furniture in Orange NSW & Bathurst NSW

Aniline Leather

Your Aniline leather furniture will also be known as Natural, Unprotected, Naked, or Pure Leather.

  • Keep your furniture at a distance of minimum two feet from any heat source. Exposure to heat radiators or vents for a prolonged period of time dries out your leather.
  • Do not place your furniture where direct sunlight falls. This is because all materials tend to fade over time if placed under direct sunlight, especially Aniline leathers which are extremely sensitive to sunlight. Avoid placing Aniline leathers under skylights or in windows.
  • Like any other item in your house, accumulation of dust can happen on leather as well. On a weekly basisuse Leather Master Soft Cleaner on a lightly dampened soft cloth to remove the dust. On your vacuum cleaner, you can also use a soft brush attachment in order to completely remove the dust particles from the surface of Aniline leather and make it suitable for people who are sensitive to dust.
  • All types of leathers last longer if you do preventative maintenance on a regular basis. Application of Leather Master Protection Cream on the surface of aniline leathers helps you to keep it clean, resist staining and prevent soiling in general. However, you must pay specific attention to protect areas like arms, seats and backs that are put to heavy use.
  • As a routine procedure, clean your furniture thoroughly with Leather Master Soft Cleaner once in every six months so as to remove dirt and any gradual perspiration and body oils accumulation. Further, more frequent cleaning of Aniline leathers may be required if you place the furniture upholstered with this leather in areas such as a TV room where they are subjected to heavy use. It is also important to apply the Protection Cream once again to Aniline leather after cleaning to enhance the protection level.

Protected Leather

  • To keep your leather looking its best, do not place it in direct sunlight. This can result in fading over time.
  • In fact, it is also best to keep all leather furniture a minimum of two feet away from a heat source, like radiators and vents, as excessive exposure to heat can also cause fading and make the leather dry out and crack easily.
  • Clean leather furniture regularly with a soft damp cloth. However, never use abrasive or harsh cleaners as these can cause permanent damage to leather surface. Also, it is not recommended to use any kind of furniture polish, wax or oils to clean leather furniture. Instead, use products like Leather Master Soft Cleaner to maintain your furniture. The use of such a professional grade product once every three to six months will gently remove any dust and dirt along with body oils from the surface, without causing any adverse affects.
  • Make sure you clean spills immediately as leather is highly porous and it can be very tough to remove old stains later without ruining the leather.
  • For a good maintenance plan to keep your leather furniture looking fresh and new, use professional grade products like Leather Master Protection Cream. This product will prevent soiling and resist staining, hence making it a lot easier to clean your furniture regularly.

Nubuck Leather

  • Keep your leather items away from direct sunlight. Sunlight tends to hasten the fading of nubuck leather, so be sure to distance your furniture from windows, skylights or glass doors.
  • As much as possible, keep your leather furniture at least two feet away from heat sources such as radiators or vents. Sustained exposure to heat causes the leather to dry out.
  • Vacuum at least once a week to keep the leather free from dust.
  • Wipe off any surface dirt using the Leather Master Nubuck Cleaning Cloth. Simply fold a soft, dry sponge into the cleaning cloth, and then rub the leather in various directions. This will lift off any dirt and soiling on the surface of the leather. The buffing action will also restore the velvety texture, reviving areas that have become smooth and flat from wear.
  • All leather products can benefit from preventive maintenance. Apply the Leather Master Nubuck Protector to make it more resistant to dirt and stains. Pay special attention to areas that are most prone to friction, such as arm rests, back rests and seats.
  • Treat water-based stains with the Leather Master Nubuck Cleaner. Squeeze a small amount onto a soft sponge, and then apply the foamy substance onto the affected area. Rub the material to remove the stain. For oil-based stains, use the Leather Master Degreaser. After drying, buff the surface with the Nubuck Cleaning Cloth to restore the leather to its original texture. Finish off with the Nubuck Protector to prevent soiling and staining.

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