Which Leather Do You Have?
The King-Care® Leather Cleaning System is designed to keep your leather looking its best for many years to come. However, it is not suitable for all types of leather. Before using it on your sofa or chair, first check to see what kind of leather you have.
Aniline leather is the most natural-looking of all leathers. Actual surface grain and markings are always present and indicate genuine leather character. These leathers have very little or no protective treatments applied. Aniline leather provides maximum comfort and is luxurious to the touch. Slight colour variance and natural characteristics such as scars, folds or horn injuries are not quality defects but rather markers of top quality leather.
Corrected/buffed leather has corrected grain where the top surface of the hide is buffed, like a sanding process, to remove most imperfections. A new grain pattern is then stamped onto the prepared surface. A uniform colour is achieved through the application of numerous layers of pigment.
Suede leather is aniline leather. In fact, it’s the underside of the hide. The surface is brushed to create a beautiful, soft, absorbent texture. This treatment, whilst creating a luxurious effect, means suede is the most prone to external wear and tear of all leathers. (Do not use the King-Care® Leather Cleaning System on Suede leather).
Nubuck leather starts as aniline but is then brushed or sanded to create a velvety texture. The brushing opens up the surface creating the soft texture that also makes it more absorbent and susceptible to external wear and tear. Nubuck is not to be confused with suede which is the underside of the hide. (Do not use the King-Care® Leather Cleaning System on Nubuck leather).