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MAINTENANCE FOR UNPROTECTED AND SEMI PROTECTED LEATHERS
Use our Cleaner for Unprotected Leather. Follow with our gentle Conditioner for Unprotected Leather. Leather furniture should be cleaned at least twice a year. (Always test on an inconspicuous spot first.)
Once stains have set, they are very difficult if not impossible to remove. The best approach is prevention. If you purchase pure aniline or nubuck furniture call Leather and Vinyl MD and arrange to have these pieces protected from stains with our Leather Guard Treatment as soon as they are delivered.
Cleaning and Repair: Pure Aniline
For minor stains: Blot and then clean them immediately with our Cleaner for Unprotected Leathers. Follow this with an application of our matching Conditioner.
Cleaning and Repair: Semi-Aniline
For all stains: Use our Leather Cleaner for Top Coated Leathers, specially formulated for protected leathers. It is gentle but cleans deep and is pH balanced. Follow with our Leather Conditioner for top coated and protected leather.
Once stains have set, they are very difficult if not impossible to remove. The best approach is prevention. If you purchase pure aniline furniture call Leather and Vinyl MD and arrange to have these pieces protected from stains with our Leather Guard Treatment as soon as they are delivered.
Like nubuck, repairs done to pure aniline are difficult to conceal because Aniline Dyes are semi-transparent. They can be used for very small repairs or to help conceal small stains. For most staining and damage the only viable option is to re-color the furniture by applying a pigment dye to the top of the leather effectively changing it to a protected aniline leather. Although this is not inexpensive, it will still cost much less than replacing the furniture and the high quality of this leather makes it a good option.
Semi-Aniline: A High Quality Leather with a light Top Coat
When an Aniline Leather is given a very light coating of pigment (usually with an additional chemical treatment to protect the leather) this leather becomes a semi-aniline. This leather offers much more protection from stains than a “raw” leather does and if repairs are required they will not be visible as they would be with Pure Aniline.
Leather Care, Cleaning and Repair: Semi-Aniline
For all stains: Use our Leather Cleaner for unprotected Leather specially formulated for upholstery leathers. It is gentle but cleans deep and is pH balanced. Follow with our Leather Conditioner for top coated and protected leather.
MAINTENANCE FOR PROTECTED LEATHERS
Protected Leather: A Heavily Top Coated Leather
This is a leather that is heavily top coated with pigment and then usually has extra protection added. It is generally a good quality leather but not top quality, and therefore not so expensive. This leather wears well, cleans well and is easy to repair. The color, however, will tend to look flat and lack depth when compared to a pure aniline. This is the leather that is used most often for car upholstery.
Cleaning Protected Leather
Use our Leather Cleaner for top coated leather Cleaner for top coated leather and follow with our Leather Conditioner for top coated leather. Like the Semi-Aniline and Protected Aniline these leathers are good candidates for our professional repair if they become damaged.
Full Grain Leather
When the outer skin and the under-skin are removed the remaining leather is Full Grain Leather. The top portion is the grain side and the bottom is the suede side. This leather is thicker and stronger than top grain or Split leather.
Then the outer skin and the under-skin is removed the remaining leather is Full Grain Leather. The top portion is the grain side and the bottom is the suede side, This leather is thicker and stronger than top grain or Split leather.
Upholstery Leather is often cut horizontally through the Full Grain, producing two thinner pieces of split leather. Split leather will not have the same strength and durability that
Top Grain Leather
When leather is split sideways the top or grain side of the split is referred to as Top Grain Leather and is the better quality piece.
When leather is split horizontally the bottom piece is called Split Leather
Is the underside of Full Grain Leather.
A semi transparent dye used to color upholstery leather.
Leather which after being immersed in an aniline dye, that does not receive a top coat of pigment.
Pure aniline leather that has been buffed on the grain side to produce a velvety nap.
Wax Pull Up
Pure Aniline that has a waxy coating added.
Oil Pull Up
Pure Aniline that has an oily coating added.
Non-Pigmented Leather - Aniline
Almost all upholstery leather is immersed in an aniline dye, which penetrates the leather from one side to the other. If no top coat of pigment is applied to the leather, it is referred to as an Aniline, Pure Aniline, or Non Pigmented leather.
Because the dye is semi-transparent, natural hide markings like scratches, scars, uneven tone and other imperfections will be visible, as they will not be buffed off or covered with pigment. Only the best hides (Full grain or Top Grain) are chosen for Aniline Leather. In the right environment this leather will age gracefully and even develop a rich and attractive patina. Aniline Leather is strong and durable, but it stains easily and these stains set quickly and become very difficult or impossible to remove. Repairs are a problem too because they cannot be concealed by aniline dyes. Some pure aniline furniture has a light synthetic protective coat that will help prevent staining but this will wear off and needs to be replaced,
Top Coated Leathers
Hides that after being immersed in aniline dye, are top coated with a water based pigment are referred to as Pigmented or Top Coated Leathers. If the top coating is very light the leather is called a Semi-Aniline. The coating will be thin enough for natural markings to be somewhat visible. When the pigment top coat is a little heavier, it is called Protected Aniline. Heavily top coated leathers are called Protected Leathers. Most automobile car seats fall in this category.
Semi Aniline and Protected Aniline.
These beautiful, top coated leathers have a light protective pigment that make them ideal for high traffic areas. These finishes makes leather cleaning easy and if pets or children damage them leather repair is not difficult.
The opaque top coating is very easy to care for, but it lacks the depth and softness of less coated leather. Ideal for car interiors which are often subject to a lot of wear and tear and family room/playroom furniture that receives a lot of rough use, especially by kids and pets.
Bi-cast Is a leather/synthetic combination product used to make upholstered furniture. Sometimes marketed as leather, (illegal in many countries including England) it usually consists of low grade split leather with a thick polyurethane coating or a combination of rubber and a thin layer of split leather that is topped by a thick polyurethane coating.Unlike pure leather, bi-cast is not naturally fire retardant and like vinyl it does not ‘breathe'.
Leather pieces/synthetic combination product. Bits and pieces of leather glued together (think particle board as opposed to solid wood) and bonded to rubber or plastic and topped with polyurethane coating.
If made well (and most of is not), these pseudo leathers clean easily and are strong and inexpensive. Bi Cast with a high gloss finish can give a patent leather look to compliment very modern pieces of furniture. However, a lot of Bi Cast and Bonded leather is very poor quality and we have seen unbelievable damage (spider cracking over the whole surface and all over peeling) occur, after only a few months of normal use.
If you buy Bi Cast or Bonded Leather furniture make sure the company you purchase it from has been around a long time and offers an excellent warranty.