The leather industry has experienced dramatic production and supply changes over the years. Today’s leather products come in cutting-edge look and feel as compared to the rustic and inflexible appearance of previous designs. With all these changes, it becomes necessary to learn how to properly choose, maintain, and restore leather products to maximize their potential. Unfortunately, the store where you will purchase your leather product may not hold the information you need.Leather products come in a wide range of grades because they are normally tanned and finished in various ways. Each type serves a certain purpose in the leather goods industry. Most leather products require less maintenance, while others are sensitive to dirt and pressure. All types of leather, however, undergo four maintenance processes—cleaning, conditioning, polishing, and sealing.
Common Types of Leather
The most common types of leather products are aniline, pigmented, and finished split, each having a unique set of features. Aniline leather is the most natural looking, while pigmented leather is the most durable. Manufacturers use advanced technology to achieve the tan and texture required to produce each type.
The variation in the finished product also means there are different ways to clean and polish leather products. Each of these methods works best for a particular type. Using the wrong leather care method can cause severe damage to your leather. Unless you are a specialist and understand the sensitivity of each type, do not attempt to apply cleaning and polishing agents on your furniture.
Where the Leather Professional Comes In
Your leather will lose its beautiful texture and color at some point. Fortunately, those lost properties can be restored to make your leather look as good as new. When it comes to leather restoration and maintenance, it is best to trust a professional.