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Identify Leather Type

Identify Your Leather

Leather goods are made from various leather types – pigmented, aniline, semi-aniline, pullup, nubuck, suede etc. Furniture is predominantly made from pigmented leather – leather that has a paint-like coating that easily beads water. Higher-end furniture often employs aniline leather -- a true stain finish with no protective coating or semi-aniline leather – an aniline finish with a thin protective coating. Look for cleaning codes A(aniline) or P(pigmented) for the appropriate leather care product.

For re-coloring leather, pigmented leather requires our Dye Colorant based product or kit. Aniline stains are additive finishes and combine with the existing stain to produce the final look.

Leather Couch Cleaning

Leather Furniture and Couch Cleaning

For routine leather cleaning, it is hard to go wrong with Leather Master Soft Cleaner or Leather World Leather Cleaner. Leather Master and Leather World are the choice of professionals and are far superior to lesser brands or homemade leather cleaner.

The same can be said for leather conditioners and leather protectors. For maximum service life, leather needs to be conditioned and protected. The best leather conditioners penetrate deep into the leather, hydrating and moisturizing the individual leather fibers. Too many products simply sit on the surface and are ineffective. Choose Leather Master Vital or Leather World Hydrating cream for your leather condition needs.

Leather Protectors form a breathable barrier on your leather, lending resistance to stains, oils and spills. Body oils and perspiration accumulate and tend to deteriorate your leather finish over time. Leather Protector will prolong the life of leather guarding it against cracking and peeling. Leather Master and Leather World offer the best leather protectors.

Leather Couch Repair

Leather Furniture and Couch Repair

Our Deluxe Leather Repair kit offers a wide set of configurations that give you the right products and right amounts for your leather repair project. It can function as a leather couch repair kit for your sofa or a leather recliner repair kit. There are options for multiple furniture pieces as well. It is a one-stop shop for leather repair – no matter how big or small the project. If there is no physical damage to your leather, the Leather Vinyl Re-coloring kit is good for spot finish repairs or for complete finish restoration.

Leather Dyeing

Dyeing Leather

Pigmented leather, the form found most often in Leather Furniture, consists of a distinct coating on the surface of the leather. It is a finish that shows the grain of the leather but not the subtleties and imperfections in the leather texture. So, you may think of it as a leather paint.

Choose our Leather Furniture color charts for an assortment of popular furniture colors. You can even choose from our extensive collection of auto leather colors as well.

To refinish a piece of furniture, requires that the surface be prepped. It is not necessary to remove all of the prior finish. Leather World Color Prep and cleaner is the product of choice here. After the surface is prepped Leather World Dye Colorant is used to re-color the furniture. It can be sponged or sprayed on and is easy to work with. For a convenient bundling of these two products and other necessary supplies, choose the Leather Vinyl Re-Coloring Kit.

Staining Leather

Staining Leather

Aniline leather is an example of a true stained product with no protective coating. In addition to the grain, subtle variations, textures and imperfections show through in an aniline finish. Consequently, aniline leather furniture pieces are usually made from leather of the highest quality and made into furniture at premium prices.

As the dye’s stain is fully incorporated into the leather, re-coloring aniline leather takes on a different meaning. Any new stain will join what is already present and the finish will reflect the combination. To select an aniline dye stain, refer to the Aniline Dye Color Chart.

Since the aniline dye is not a surface coating it is possible to convert an aniline finish to a pigmented finish that will exist as a coating that sits over and completely covers the aniline finish. Once done however, it is not possible to go back.

Leather Master Ink Lifter

Leather Stains

Leather stains take many forms. For removal of built-up body oils, Leather Master Degreaser is the go to product. To remove blue jean dye, try Leather Master Dye Transfer remover. For manageable stains, Leather Master Strong Cleaner may be enough.

But for more stubborn problems, such as tape adhesive, Leather Master Soft Remover may be needed. But beware, Leather Master Soft Remover is an aggressive product and may cause some clouding of pigmented leathers. In general, the more stubborn the stain, the more aggressive the removal product must be – which may remove part of the existing finish.

This brings us to perhaps the most stubborn stain – ink pen stain on leather. To get the ink out of leather, time is of the essence. After 24 hours, there is minimal chance of removing the ink without also compromising the existing finish. Leather Master Ink lifter can do the job, but it is best to keep this product on hand so that any pen ink can be treated immediately. Leather Master Ink Killer is an even more aggressive product and will likely require touching up the finish in the affected area.