Leather Furniture Care

Is leather furniture easy to clean?

A consumer is frequently told that the leather they purchased is low maintenance and can be easily wiped off with mild soap and water.  No further service explanation is given.

Several problems exist with this approach.  First, low maintenance is usually interpreted as no maintenance.  Second, “protected” leathers have a durable pigmented finish, but not indestructible. This durable finish initially allows consumers to clean with almost anything and get an immediate satisfactory result.  This products not designed for leather, may break down this durable finish causing the pigment to crack of peel, which directly leads to expensive restoration or replacement.  Third, aniline and nubuck leathers are not low maintenance.  These leathers are extremely porous and should be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis to protect your investment.  Fourth, leather is purchased primarily for the most active rooms in the house.  This choice makes good maintenance a high priority to protect the looks of your investment and for prolonging the life of your leather.

Care Rite Cleaning Specialists is a Certified Leather Care Specialist in Rapid City cleaning leather furniture since 1998.

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There are basically four different types of leather soiling

Atmospheric Soils

Common Soils

Dyes and Inks

Oils and Grease




A – Aniline – Also known as Natural, Pure, Naked and Unprotected

These are leathers that are colored with a transparent dyestuff.  This means you are able to see the actual surface grain markings.  These leathers have very little or no protective treatments applied to them.

P – Protected – Also known as Finished, Semi Aniline, Everyday, Pigmented and Painted

These leathers have combined the best aspects of a natural product (leather) and have utilized tannery technology to create a product that is more uniform in appearance and color.

N – NuBuck – Also known as Chaps, Distressed, Bomber and Suede

These are actually Aniline Leathers that the surface has been brushed, and have created a texture similar to velvet on Leather upholstery and fabric.  Suede is the “flesh” side of a piece of leather and NuBuck is an effect that is done to the grain side.

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Your Carpets, Area Rugs and Tile & Grout, along with Upholstered and Leather Furniture are big investments.

Make them last with regular cleaning. Putting it off will only make it worse.





Care Rite Cleaning & Protection Specialists, Inc

3615 Bunker Dr.

Rapid City, SD 57701