Leather comes in different textures, finishing, and other characteristics. Based on these, we can figure out how long-lasting are they to make an informed purchase decision. Leather is finished, sanded, buffed, and tanned using different techniques which make a difference in the final product. This type of leather not only maintains its natural characteristics after intense dyeing and other treatments but can last longer than many other types of leather i.e aniline leather as well. What makes this leather so special is that it is dyed with soluble dyes in vats hence the color goes deep into the hide giving the leather a super-rich texture. The slight pigment is applied to semi-aniline leather to remove all the imperfections such as light marks and blemishes, this is mainly what separates it from aniline leather. A slight coating on the surface, containing a tiny amount of pigment ensures consistent color as well as some stain resistance.
Difference Between Full-Aniline And Semi-Aniline
As the name suggests, semi-aniline leather uses a dye that's semi-translucent, so it’s basically almost transparent and you’re able to see through it to the original hide. All the stunning natural characteristics of that hide are visible that add to the beauty of the leather such as wrinkles, healed scars, bug bites, scratches, etc. The pores are open to a great extent at some parts of the hide hence there will be a visible color variation on the surface. Dont worry if one portion of the hide is a bit darker as compared to the other. In general terms, this particular trait is called Pull-up. As far as the leather furniture is concerned, this color variation is more prominent because of how it is stretched at certain places where there is a bursting of color.
On the other hand, Aniline leather is tougher and more durable because of its pure form. The extra coating of waxes and oils that semi-aniline leather is exposed to, aniline leather is not. Which makes it prone to scuffing, staining, fading over time. Nubuck finished leather comes from aniline leather that is sanded or buffed to create an open nap. It results in a velvety texture.
Pros And Cons Of Full Aniline
Not only the appearance but the material of this type of leather is also outstanding and one of the best types you’ll find in the market. The best thing about it is that it keeps getting better with age by developing a patina by absorbing oils from your body or external elements. Because of these oils, it remains soft and supple. Also, because there are very few treatment agents applied to it, it does not get stiff over the period of time.
As far as the disadvantages of full aniline leather are concerned, its high price tops the list. As it is one of the most sought-after types of leather, you might have to pay some extra bucks for it. The absence of protective coating makes it prone to external damage hence requires extreme care and attention The stains and other marks can ruin your aniline leather jacket or bag so regular cleaning is recommended. Water or too much sun exposure can lead to color fading. So if you’re planning to own this leather, make sure to be ready for extra conditioning and moisturizing it for protection against any type of damage.
Pros And Cons Of Semi-Aniline
Because of the protective coating of wax, semi-aniline leather can withstand water and sun exposure to a great extent. It basically means that you can wear it in scorching heat or rainy weather without worrying about your jacket/bag getting faded. Not only that, if your child spilled a glass of milk or juice in your semi-aniline leather couch, rest assured that there will be no long-lasting stain.