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What to consider when buying and maintaining leather furniture

It’s not as simple as just picking out whatever you see in the store. Leather manufacturer Dani Sustainable Leather reveals the secret to buying and maintaining the perfect piece of leather furniture.

Text Jasmine Goh

Leather producer and supplier, Dani Sustainable Leather has been manufacturing leather for 67 years. From raw materials, they manufacture a variety of leather types for different purposes, from clothing, shoes and furniture to automobiles and marine vessels.

Categorised according to production methods, the four main types of leather are Pure Aniline, Semi-aniline, Nubuck, and Pigmented. To select the appropriate leather type for your home and furniture, you need to know the kind of feel you want to create and the amount of maintenance required.

leather furniture - Dani Sustainable Leather Asolo from Romanez

Pure Aniline is a full grain leather dyed with anilines. On these hides, natural marks such as healed scars, scratches, and neck and belly wrinkles are very visible. Over time, this leather will develop a rich patina and gain more character. The colour will fade if subject to prolonged exposure to sunlight.

leather furniture - Dani Sustainable Leather Acquario from Romanez

Semi-aniline leather is also a leather dyed with anilines but coated with a light finish, allowing the natural characteristics of the hide to still show through while offering some of the benefits of colour consistency and increased durability.

leather furniture - Dani Sustainable Leather Nabuk 3M from Romanez

Nubuck leather is a top grain leather that has been aniline dyed for colour and then buffed to create a suede effect. Some natural markings are visible on these hides. Prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause the colour of these leathers to fade.

leather furniture - Dani Sustainable Leather Lord from Romanez

Pigmented leather is a top grain leather whose surface has been completely finished with pigments and other products. This increases its resistance to soiling and colour fading, making pigmented leathers easy to care for and maintain.

Giulia Spinetta, Dani Sustainable Leather - leather furniture

“Visible defects testify to the natural beauty of pure aniline leather.” – Giulia Spinetta, Dani Sustainable Leather

Giulia Spinetta, Dani’s showroom manager, shares her experience with leather and how to care for this beautiful material.

Which type of leather is best for achieving a luxurious look?
Aniline leather or semi-aniline leather have a more natural feel and look, thus they can enrich a design and make it more special. Many of our clients also love nubuck leather, especially Nabuk 3M and Rustico Nabuk.

Which type of leather is recommended for a home with young children?
For residential projects, all types of leather are good. But if homeowners have young children or animals at home, a pigmented leather is recommended. It is easy to clean and stronger, thanks to the thin finishing applied on top.

How often should homeowners clean their leather products?
If they buy Pigmented leather, it is enough to take a wet or dry cloth and gently wipe the surface. If it is very natural Aniline leather, then it is better not to use anything on the surface. We don’t advise cleaning Aniline leather because the pores are very open and any kind of cleaning product or even water can be quickly absorbed. Aniline leather becomes better with time and will develop a very nice patina.

Dani leathers are available at Romanez

This article first appeared in Lookbox Living issue 53.

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