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Anniline / Semi Anniline Leather Cleaning Brisbane

Aniline LeatherAniline leather is a type of leather in which high quality hides have been treated with transparent aniline as a dye, so that the natural texture and blemishes of the leather show through, producing a delicate, soft, supple leather with that natural look.

Aniline leather is the most natural and beautiful form of leather. It is colored all through with a transparent dye. This is done by immersing the leather in a dye bath. It is free of heavy pigments, plastic fillings, surface coats and imitation grains that are found in lesser leathers. This allows the leather to breathe better, making the leather very soft, luxurious, breathable more comfortable in both hot and cold weather. Typically, leather is colored both for aesthetic reasons and to conceal blemishes.

A very common misunderstanding with aniline dyes occurs with the description between a full aniline dye and a semi aniline dye. The common explanation is that with a full aniline dye, the coloring of the dye goes completely through the leather and therefore is less likely to show the effects of scratches to the leather from use and or abuse. The misplaced logic of this comes from the use of the words "full" and "semi".

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In reality, aniline is a clear and transparent chemical that allows the grain structure of the leather to be seen. It has nothing to do with protecting leather from damage or hiding it.

A full aniline dye is one method of tanning to achieve a desired, natural looking hide or leather. Semi-aniline utilizes aniline and other chemicals to get different looking finishes. A very appropriate analogy is the difference between a semi-gloss and satin paint finish. Neither is better or higher quality than the other. Different chemicals are used to achieve different finishes.

Anniline treated leather is quite common. It is a semi porous leather which needs to be cleaned with a foam cleaner. We recommend it is cleaned and protected once a year to maintain the leather in top condition.

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