How to clean an aniline dyed leather couch

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How to clean an aniline dyed leather couch
Keep your aniline leather couch clean. (brown leather image by Aleksey Bakaleev from

Pure aniline leather is dyed for colour with no pigments added. Aniline leather reveals some of the natural characteristics of the animal hide such as scars and wrinkles. Furniture made from aniline leather has a soft, supple feel and a muted, natural appearance that scratches easily. A specialised cleaner, available at leather furniture stores, is used for cleaning aniline leather.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Soft cloth
  • Leather cleaner
  • Foaming pump bottle
  • Tampico brush
  • Terry cloth towel
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Gently vacuum your leather couch to remove dust.

  2. 2

    Wipe the aniline leather couch with a soft, dry cloth. Clean the leather couch section by section. Wipe one section thoroughly, then move on to wipe the next section.

  3. 3

    Pour your leather cleaner into a bowl. Stir the solution until it forms into a foam. This is keeps the solution from being absorbed by the aniline leather. Pour the leather cleaning solution into a foaming bottle. Put the lid on the bottle and tighten it.

  4. 4

    Squirt the foamed cleaner onto a Tampico brush. Rub the brush into the leather, moving your hand in a circular motion. Wait one to two minutes for the foam to absorb the dirt. Wipe off the dirty foam with a terry cloth towel.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 at least two or three times, until the terry cloth towel does not show any dirt after wiping. Let the leather dry completely.

  6. 6

    Apply an aniline leather conditioner on the leather couch with a clean, soft cloth. Pour the conditioner onto the cloth and rub it into the leather. Move your hand in circular motions. Reach into the folds of the couch to apply conditioner to all surfaces of the leather. The conditioner will keep the leather soft and prevent staining.

Tips and warnings

  • Test to check if your leather is aniline. Put a drop of water on the leather in a hidden area. If the water is absorbed, then it is real aniline leather. If the water sits on the surface of the leather, it's not pure aniline.
  • Don't use water to clean your aniline leather couch, as water will leave spots on the leather.

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