Leather CareWhen buying leather, the best thing you can do is ask the people who you buy it from, whatthe manufacturer recommends for leather care and cleaning. Don't forget to ask what other products may work well for leather care too, as there may be something you're morecomfortable using. Also ask what the product does to and for the leather.While still alive, leather on the animal, fish, or fowl is maintained in situ. (It's their skin) The oilsthat keep leather conditioned and help remove dirt and grime from the skin of the animal areproduced naturally by their body.Once leather is processed, these â
components cease to exist although they doretain many of their physical characteristics such as leatherâ
™s porous nature and chemicalreactivity. Leather is naturally acidic so anything alkaline is bad. For proper leather care, youwant to mimic some of these natural processes. If you sift through all of the mythology, homerecipes, and good ol' folk lore about leather care, you are left with the two basic tasks that allthose natural processes accomplished: cleaning and conditioning.Any leather care enthusiast will tell you that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,and if you want to protect your investment keep it in top form. Leather care is relatively easybut you need to be consistent. Leather can be restored, but regular maintenance is highlyrecommended. If cared for properly, your leather will last and stay in good shape for years.You want to know the type of leather you have, as well as the way it was processed duringtanning. For example, were any anti-mold finishes applied or was a sealant used, and howwas it colored, if it was. Keep in mind that aniline, suede, and nubuck are not as robust aspigmented leather because they do not usually have a protective surface coating.Pigmented leather is the most durable, full grain pigmented leather has intact grain, andcorrected grain pigmented leather refers to whether or not the leather has been sanded toremove imperfections.AnilineThis top-grain or full-top grain leather is not pigmented, just dyed whereas semi-anilinetreatments combine pigment with dye, usually to even out the grain because the leather hassome imperfections. The result is that the leather has a more consistent color and some stainresistance qualities.If you lightly scratch the surface of aniline, it will turn a lighter color. Some nubuck leather willdo the same thing. To correct the problem, wet your finger lightly and rub it into the leather. Itshould darken slightly, but dry the same color.Antiqued / Marbled / Two-ToneA second pigment may be rubbed over the original pigment to give the leather an aged or antique appearance.NubuckThis is aniline leather that has been brushed to give it the texture of velvet. In fact, nubuck isoften mistaken for suede. Nubuck is stronger because it is brushed on the grain side, which isthe side where the animalâ
™s hair was, where suede is made from the flesh side. If youapply the wet finger test to nubuck, it will darken slightly and dry darker so be sure if you dothis that it is done in an inconspicuous area.Pull-UpPull-up, also referred to as waxy or oil pull-up is leather that lightens in color when stretchedduring wearing, creating a broken-in appearance.
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