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  • Aniline is the name of a dye used to colour leather during the taning process.
  • The Aniline dye penetrates the hide colouring the leather right through. Non toxic aniline dyes are used for this process
  • Aniline is not a type of leather as such but is often used to describe very sensitive leathers that have no surface finish on them
  • Aniline dyed leathers will be the same colour throughout unless a pigment or other finish has been used to colour the top surface
  • Aniline leather is generally produced from the full grain of the hide
Aniline leather can be found on:
  • Furniture
  • Handbags
  • Garments
  • Occassionally in car interiors (very rare and would only be in high specification interiors)
Aniline leather is the most natural looking of all leathers
Natural markings from the animal hide will remain visible on the surface of the leather
These marks may include scars, insect bites, burn marks, brands or stretch marks
Colour variation and natural markings would be expected on Aniline leather

Aniline leather has no additional pigment added to the surface of the leather and therfore will have little or no protection to guard it against stains etc. However, some Aniline style leathers may have a surface finish which will make them more stain resistant
It is always recommended that you use Ultra Leather Protect or take out an Aniline Protection Plan to safeguard your leather furniture against spillages and staining
Aniline leather fades naturally but this can be rectified easily using Aniline Dyes that will replace the colour into your leather


Generally speaking Aniline leather marks easily and is absorbent
There are a few tests that you can do yourself to see if you have an Aniline leather

Touch Test
Aniline leather will very soft and warm to the touch

Visual Test 
Aniline Leather will not be as uniform in colour as a pigment coated (pigmented) leather as it is dyed rather than coated and different hides may take up the dye differently so there may be colour variation over your furniture. Any natural markings may still be visible on the surface

Scratch Test:
Does your leather mark easily when you run your finger nail over the surface?
Aniline Leather will leave a lighter scratch mark when you do this

Moisture Test:
Does a drop of water soak into the leather quickly and leave a darker mark rather than remaining on the surface?
Aniline Leather will soak up the moisture and darken where it has been applied

If your Aniline Leather absorbs the moisture very quickly, it means that body oils and spillages will also be absorbed very quickly. It is always crucial to protect Aniline Leather and this can be done very successfully with ultra leather protect.

For Aniline style leather you should follow the care instructions below:

  • Protect your Aniline leather from new with ultra leather protect our guaranteed Leather Protector - this will not alter the look or feel of your leather although on application your Aniline leather may darken but will dry out evenly. These are industry recommended products and will help guard against
    • Stains and spillages
    • Body Oils
    • Dirt - making it easier to clean
    • Fading
  • Wipe over on a weekly basis with a soft cloth and Aniline Leather Cleaner or lazy leather. These are fully tested products and are industry recommended for this type of leather
  • If your Aniline leather becomes stained use a damp cloth to immediately dab off any excess cleaning the whole panel that has been affected. Do not rub
  • Never spot clean Aniline leather and always clean a whole panel at a time to avoid water marking
  • Moisture (water) is good for Aniline leather as it helps with rehydration but never over soak your leather as this may distort the leather fibres
  • Never use household cleaning products to clean your leather
  • Always use a recommended aniline leather-cleaning product (see above) and follow the directions
  • Always use Aniline dyes to restore the colour in your leather
  • Never use coloured balms to restore your Aniline leather as these contain pigments that will not soak into the leather
  • For old and dry Aniline leather use Aniline Leather Restore formulated to rehydrate and rebalance your leather making it feel soft and supple

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