How to Care for Aniline Leather

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How to Care for Aniline Leather
Protected aniline leather has a shiny coating. (brown leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

The way you should care for your aniline leather depends on its type. Pure aniline leather showcases the natural characteristics of the hide, such as wrinkles, scars and scratches. There are inconsistencies throughout the leather because there is no pigment added to the hide. This type of leather scratches easily, fades in the sunlight and is prone to stains that are virtually impossible to remove completely. Semi-aniline leather has a small amount of pigment to even out the colour of the hide, and it is also slightly more resistant to stains and damage, while protected aniline has a glossy topcoat that offers much greater protection.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft cloths
  • Mild bar soap
  • Leather conditioner

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Instructions

    Protected Aniline Leather

  1. 1

    Dampen a soft cloth with lukewarm water, and wring it out to remove the excess.

  2. 2

    Rub a bar of mild soap against the cloth to work up a slight lather. The soap should contain no dyes or fragrances.

  3. 3

    Rub the cloth on the leather gently. Avoid pressing too hard, as you may remove some of the protective coating.

  4. 4

    Dampen another clean, soft cloth with lukewarm water, and wipe it across the leather to remove the soapy film.

  5. 5

    Apply a leather conditioner to your protected aniline leather every four months to help maintain moisture and slow deterioration. Put a quarter-size amount of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub it in gently. You will likely have to add more, depending on the size of the area that you're conditioning.

    Pure and Semi-Aniline Leather

  1. 1

    Keep the leather clean by dusting it off with a soft, dry cloth.

  2. 2

    Remove spills quickly to prevent substances from seeping into the leather. Scoop up food and blot up liquids with a dry cloth immediately. Refrain from rubbing the spill or using water on it, because that will force it into the leather and cause a permanent stain. The spill will become less noticeable over time.

  3. 3

    Apply a leather conditioner every four months to help maintain moisture and slow deterioration. Put a quarter-size amount of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub it in gently. You will likely have to add more, depending on the size of the area that you're conditioning.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight to slow fading.

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