Care for Aniline Leathers


Care for your ANILINE LEATHER by keeping it free of dust and direct sun, being mindful of the products you use on it, and following the guidelines here:

Aniline leathers are also drum-dyed using transparent aniline dyes, but they do not have a pigment finish. This allows all the beautiful natural markings and color variations to show through. Each hide is unique. Some aniline leathers do have a clear top coat, but this provides only limited protection from staining.

  • Cleaning agents will immediately darken aniline leather. 
  • Use deionized water, hard water may cause rings
  • Use Finished Leather Cleaner or deionized water, do not soak, and gently rub the affected area. 
  • Remove light topical soil by gently wiping it with a water-dampened soft white cloth.
  • Blot spills immediately.
  • Heavier soil should be cleaned with an absorbent white cloth dampened with water and mild non-detergent soap or leather cleaner.
  • Do not scrub.
  • Allow leather to air dry away from direct heat.
  • If the soil is water-based, dampen a cloth and feather the edges. 
  • If the soil is oil or grease based, the first step is to use cornstarch as an absorbent. 
  • Place cornstarch directly over the affected area and gently rub with a finger until it coagulates with the oil. 

Tipped Aniline leathers would fall under the same protocol as pure Aniline, therefore follow the same directions here.

For more detailed information on care and cleaning of Anline Leathers see this guideline PDF:

For information on care and cleaning of all other leather types, see our general care page:

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