What is Aniline Leather and Pigmented Leather ?

Gain valuable knowledge about two of the most common types of leather used in furniture and auto upholstery and in the goods and garment industry. Understanding the technical difference between Aniline and Pigmented leather will help you make an informed decision when buying your next leather article. Leather Restoration Services

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What is Aniline Leather and Pigmented Leather ?

In today’s high end showrooms leather furniture is commonly upholstered in aniline leather or pigmented leather. Aniline leather is dipped in aniline dye while pigmented leather is finished with a coating of pigmented dye. Pigmented coatings, which prevent liquids from penetrating the surface, can be cleaned with a damp cloth or customers inquire about our professional Leather Cleaning program. Aniline–dyed leather should especially be deep cleaned professionally.  

  • Whats the difference ?

  • Aniline Leather offers natural surface characteristics such as grain, pores, healed scars, wrinkles.
  • Pigmented Leather offers more color consistency and wear durability.
Protected Dyed Leather
Aniline Dyed Leather

Aniline finished leather is not as resistant to wear and fading as is pigmented finished leather. However, all leather shows its wear over time (color fading, scratches, stains, etc). When that happens, regular deep cleaning does little to upgrade the appearance. In these cases our customers are recommended about our Leather Restoration and Leather Dyeing service to restore the color and finish of their furniture.

To identify your type of leather, place a drop of water on an unseen area of the furniture. If the water doesn’t soak in, the leather is likely pigmented and can be cleaned.

Some customers are unaware of the difference and have ruined their leather. We find that the issue can be leather cleaning product itself which consist of wax and other chemical polishes. In an upcoming post, we highlight our recommended eco-friendly leather cleaner and conditioner available at ReLeather.com Leather Care