Leather furniture care

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Leather furniture needs to be looked after if you want it to look and feel good for years to come!

Not looking after your leather furniture from day one can quite quickly result in all or any of the following – generally grubbiness, dryness, grease penetration, dye transfer from jeans and clothing and leather that is generally more porous than before.

All leather furniture needs a regular cleaning and maintenance programme to keep it clean, supple and protected.   Protector applied regularly gives an invisible barrier against stains such as body oils, food and dye from dark clothing or jeans from penetrating.  Only leather specific products should be used on your leather furniture, there is a general urban myth that its ok to use baby wipes and furniture polish on leather furniture – this is definitely NOT true and can seriously damage your leather.

Lets start with the basics – what type of leather do you have? Generally it will fall into one of three broad leather types:

Nubuck  / Aniline leather  / Pigmented leather

Start the identification process by answering a few simple questions:

Does the leather have a nap, like a billiard table? If so the leather type is Nubuck

Is your leather absorbent, if a drop of water were to fall on it, would it soak in?
If you were to lightly scratched your leather with your nail would it leave a mark?
If the answer to the above questions is “yes” then your leather type is likely to be aniline.

If the answer is “no” then your leather type is likely to be pigmented.

If you have aniline leather furniture you will notice that this type of leather style shows off the natural characteristics of the leather and the look of your furniture will have changed over its lifetime as the leather ages, much as you would expect from a piece of wood.  Whereas if you have pigmented leather furniture you will notice that it is a more consistent colour (though subject to sunlight damage and fading of course)

Aniline leather is coloured using dyes, whereas pigmented leather is created using pigments which are painted onto the surface of the leather.

Aniline leather will be a lot more susceptible to oil and grease penetration because the leather is porous, therefore it is vital that protector is regularly applied to your furniture to reduce the porous nature of the leather and keep it moisturised and supple.

Here is a before and after picture of an aniline leather chair cleaned by Bonne Fresh Clean recently

Bonne Fresh Clean Professional Leather Cleaning – Before
Bonne Fresh Clean Professional Leather Cleaning – After







This aniline leather chair had become shiny, dry and scratched. Using the best products available in the UK Bonne Fresh Clean bought the chair back to life. By professionally cleaning and protecting the leather we restored its natural beauty, nourished the leather and gave it an invisible application of protector.

Bonne Fresh Clean are professionally trained leather specialists, we are happy to help if you need help identifying the type of leather furniture that you have or have a particular problem or issue with your leather furniture.  We clean all types of leather furniture. Call us for first class leather cleaning, we cover all areas of Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and all surrounding areas.  We also repair scratches, rips and scuffs so call us for a free no obligation appraisal of your leather furniture.

Bonne Fresh Clean offer professional leather cleaning of all types of leather furniture including sofas, chairs, dining chairs and more. For advice on how to care for your leather furniture or a free no obligation quotation call Karen on 01454 436001 / 07774 908410.  You can also get in touch by emailing us at karen@bonnefreshclean.co.uk or use the contact us using the form on our website.

We are your local, friendly, professional leather cleaning & restoration specialist covering all areas of Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.   If we can be of service to you please get in touch, we guarantee you superb cleaning and first class service at a fair price.

If you are looking for professional leather cleaning or need a scratch or rip repaired please get in touch today!