Aniline Leather - What is it and How to Care for It?

Aniline Leather is also called Natural, Pure, Naked or Unprotected leather. These leathers are coloured with transparent dye stuff. This means you are able to see the actual surface grain and markings. Its as if you are looking though a Coloured lens. These leathers have very little or no protective treatments applied to them. The most common thing to do is spray a wax finish on the surface that gives short term water repellent. The actual way that the leather is made varies from tannery to tannery.

Leather in its purest form is called aniline leather. Aniline leather is made from the best quality hides. It is dyed, but has no pigmented or topcoat applied. It has a luxurious look and a soft, natural feel.

Comfortable: Aniline leather feels buttery soft and readily adjusts to ambient temperature and moisture. It feels warm in winter, and cool and dry in summer.

Unique style: The natural markings and characteristics of aniline leather are visible, so every piece of aniline leather has a unique look.

Expensive: Aniline leather is made from the best quality hides, so it can be very expensive.

High maintenance: Aniline leather doesn’t have a protective topcoat, so it is highly absorbent and stains easily.

Difficult to repair: Minor damage can be repaired. But, because the repair can’t be covered using leather pigment, there will be a visible scar.

Susceptible to fading: Aniline leather is dyed but doesn’t have pigment or a protective topcoat applied. This makes it more susceptible to fading caused by sunlight and cleaning products.

SEMI ANILINE leather is similar to aniline leather, but it is usually made from lesser quality hides. Unlike aniline leather, semi aniline leather has a thin layer of pigment applied to give a more even colour and cover up any minor imperfections. Some semi-aniline leathers also have a light topcoat applied to provide additional protection. Semi aniline leathers have similar characteristics to aniline leather, but they are slightly easier to clean and maintain.

HOW TO IDENTIFY ANILINE LEATHER
1. Feel the leather. Aniline leather will feel buttery and soft.

2. The scratch test. Lightly scratch the surface of the leather with a finger nail to see if it leaves a scratch mark which is a lighter colour than the leather. If it does, the leather is aniline. A similar effect will be noticed on some nubuck leathers, so this is not the only test.

3. The water test. Wet your finger and lightly rub it into the leather. If the leather darkens slightly, but dries invisibly, it is aniline.
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Leather Soft Cleaner is a mild, water-based detergent, which will remove general soiling and water-based stains. Soft Cleaner is pH neutral, so it is gentle enough to be used regularly on leather furniture, shoes, handbags and clothing.

It can be used on all pure aniline and pigmented leathers. It will remove grime as well as most water-based stains. Available in 250ml and 1L.
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For the all-in-one gentle care of your aniline leather furniture, Uniters Natural Leather Care Kit is what you need. Perfect for regular cleaning and protection from general soiling and staining.

Leather Soft Cleaner which is gentle, water-based, pH neutral cleaner for regular cleaning on all pure aniline and pigmented leathers. Leather Protection Cream helps protect your furniture from stains, maintaining your leather's luxurious natural feel.

Suitable for: All types of leather, except nubuck and suede.
Do not use on nubuck or suede!
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Uniters Leather Care Kit contains everything you need in taking care of your leather furniture. It contains Leather Soft Cleaner and Leather Conditioning Cream.

Leather Soft Cleaner is a mild, water-based cleaner that can be used on all pure aniline leathers. It will remove grime as well as most water-based stains. Test the cleaner on a concealed area of your sofa before using.

Leather Conditioning Cream uses an effective gentle formula which maintains a suppleness and prevents cracking, ensuring your leather remains soft and flexible. Cleaning leather with Leather Soft Cleaner and conditioning the leather with Leather Conditioning Cream is recommended 2-4 times yearly to maintain the appearance and integrity of the leather’s finish.

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Leather Protection Cream is a water-based protection cream for all types of leather except nubuck and suede. It protects from soiling and guards against oil, water and alcohol stains as well as everyday dirt and grime.

Though no product can guarantee 100% protection, Leather Cream protection prevents majority of the soiling and making those stains easier to remove. It will also keep your leather lovely and soft, and when used regularly prevents pigmented leather from cracking. Available in 250ml, 1L, 5L, Single Wipes, and Tub of 60 Wipes. Unlike the bottles of Protection Cream, the wipes are convenient enough to carry in your car.
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Leather Master Strong Cleaner is a mild, water-based pH neutral stain remover great for most aniline and nubuck leathers. This is more aggressive than Soft Cleanerr helps in removing tough dirt and dusts build up, water-based stains on the leather surface. Provides maximum cleaning without over-wetting.

It is completely re-formulated, the Strong Cleaner will not affect the color or finish of leather that have proper rub resistance standards. It is ideal for general cleaning of leather by a technician.
Suitable for: pigmented, aniline and pull-up leather

Available sizes: 205ml, 1L, 5L and Tub of 60 Wipes.
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Colour Transfer Remover is easy and quick to apply, removes tough pigment and dye-based stains such as dye transfer, ink, and print transfer.  It is highly effective on stains while being relatively gentle on leather as it uses the latest advancements in cleaning technology to gently draw stains to the surface of the leather, where they can be easily removed.

Cleaning power: Very high (use with care)
Suitable for: Pigmented and aniline leather
Available in 150ml and 1L.
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How to remove oil and grease stains from leather effectively? Leather Master Leather Degreaser draws grease and oil stains out of leather, trapping them on the surface where they can be easily removed.
Cleaning power: High
Dwell Time: Varies from minutes to over night depending on the amount of grease/oil present.
Suitable for: Pigmented leather, aniline leather, nubuck and suede
Available sizes: 75 ml aerosol, 200 ml aerosol, 500 ml paste,  Nubuck Care Kit
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Are you having problems on how to remove leather Spew?  Leather Master Spew Remover are designed to effectively remove fat spew from leather.

Fat spew exists when the natural fats in the leather migrate, or “spew”, from the core of the leather to its surface. Fat spew can be wiped away with a cloth, but it will re-appear. However, Leather Master Spew Remover can effectively get rid of it permanently, and prevents resurfacing.
Dwell time: Allow to dwell overnight before cleaning or protecting the leather.
Suitable for: Pigmented leather, aniline leather, nubuck and suede
Available 50ml, 250ml and 1L
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Leather Master Mould Killer removes mould and mildew from leather permanently. It contains a wetting agent that allows the cleaner to penetrate deep into the leather to remove all traces of mould. It even removes the musty odour.

Drying time: 5–10 minutes (touch dry)
Dwell time: Allow to dwell for a minimum of one hour before cleaning or protecting the leather, leave
overnight for best results.
Suitable for: Pigmented leather, aniline leather, and fabric
Available:50ml and 250ml
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Leather Master Soft Remover is a solvent-based cleaner to remove surface grease and dirt particles in the surface finish before re-coloring with Leather Colour . This remover is used to prepare leather for repair. Can be used as a dry-cleaning fluid or remover.

When used on pigmented leather, Soft Remover will weaken the finish so that colours or finishes can penetrate and adhere to the leather. It can also be used – with care – to remove heavy soiling and difficult stains from pigmented, aniline and nubuck leathers.

Type: Solvent based remover
Suitable for: Suitable for pigmented leather, aniline leather and nubuck
Skill require: Experience required

Available as 250ml and 1L.

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Leather Master Strong Remover is a solvent-based stripper that removes the finish and the underlying colour.  It does not dry out or harden the leather unlike other solvent-based strippers. It is great in major repair, restoration work such as peeling or deeply cracked pigmented leather.

Suitable for: Suitable for pigmented and aniline leather
Skill require: Experience required

Strong Remover can also be used on aniline leather that requires deep cleaning and preparation
before an application of new colour. Please read the safety data on the label carefully before using this
product. Available in 250ml and 1L sizes.

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Leather Master Ink Stop is formulated for the prevention of "Ball Point" pen ink and from penetrating the top surface of the leather.  It provides an excellent protection against water based, oil based and alcohol stains, protection against wear and tear, perspiration and greasy skin marks.

Ink Stop will prevent up to 80% of ink marks if used in recommended frequency cycles.

Protects against: Ink stains, dye transfer, general soiling, and water oil and alcohol -based stains
Available 150ml, 1L, 60 wipes tub

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Are you looking for products to clean your light coloured leather? Uniters Light Coloured Leather Care Kit is what you need, providing your leather with extra care and protection.

One of the most common problems associated with light coloured leathers is dye transfer. Regular protection products can’t adequately protect leather from dye transfer and regular cleaning products can’t remove it.

Suitable for: All types of light coloured vinyl and leather, except nubuck and suede.
Do not use on dark coloured leathers or vinyl! Do not use on nubuck or suede!