Non Pigmented Leather – Known As Aniline Leather
Aniline Leather has been dyed with aniline dye all the way through, so it’s the aniline dyed leather version, allowing the natural grain to show through. Sometimes aniline leather are topped with a clear coating.
Aniline can be identified by dropping a small amount of water on the surface, if this soaks in you have aniline leather, it’s also very warm to touch compared to others and has a beautiful silky feel.
Aniline dyed leather has no surface coating to protect it at all, so requires a regular maintenance system in place to ensure it does not satin and pick up dirt.
Aniline dyed leather is also susceptible to scratching, staining and will absorb moisture very quickly.
Restoring aniline leather to a brand new condition is almost an impossibility, it requires special techniques and great care to gain a finish on aniline that’s acceptable.
You will find this type of leather is only used on the most exclusive and most expensive leather items, suites running into many tens of thousands of pounds.
Having a regular programme in place to keep this maintained is essential to avoid stains and unnecessary damage occurring.
Once soiling has happened with aniline leathers and it’s gone into the leather, it presents very difficult problems for cleaning. If it’s only on the surface of the leather then this can be removed, but again with great care due to the natural nature of the crust leather.
Its suggested that regular cleaning using an aniline cleaner and protection is carried out as often as you possibly can to avoid the aniline leather surface getting stained and this then soaking in to the leathers, with the aniline being absorbent, you can’t just do an arm, the full item has to be done as it will shade or change the surface look so the full item has to be cleaned and protected on a regular basis.
Carrying out repairs or restoring aniline is a little problematic just like cleaning, with it not having a surface colour you can’t blend this in, so the full area has to be done to gain acceptable restoration finishes.
You can use many different techniques for aniline by mixing pigments with aniline dye to gain very good results,
Repairing tears and cuts in aniline leather is again problematic as the glue will mark the surface, so you have to extremely careful when carrying out this type of repair and only use a water based glue