Know About Various Types of Leather Used In Car Seats And How To Clean Them

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We all know how great and superior it feels to have a car with leather upholstery, but that feeling may fade away in no time if you stop bothering its cleaning and maintenance. It does not matter whether you have a family vehicle or a sports car; uncleaned leather seats with stains are not at all visually appealing. There are many products available in the market that will help you clean your car, but most people don’t want to risk their leather seats as most of them lack knowledge on the usage of the products and the proper process of cleaning that needs to be followed. 

Moreover, knowing and understanding the type of leather present in your car seats will be vital before removing stains and cleaning your leather car seats. Knowing the leather type used in your car seat is essential because it will help you determine the correct cleaning procedures and equipment. To help you in the cleaning journey, we are taking the first step to curate this article, which contains information about the types of leather that we generally find in our car seats.

Aniline Leather

Aniline leather is quite popular and is one of the finest and natural-looking leather types that is commonly used in luxury cars. These types of leathers have got clear patterns making them more exposed to scars and scratches. Aniline leather does not contain any protective layer or coating; thus, its pure form and rich, vibrant colors. Because of the absence of any protective layer, they can catch stains and experience wear and tear very quickly compared to other kinds of leather types used in cars. Nowadays, car manufacturers don’t use aniline leather but, if you own any old car, you might find its leather type to be that of aniline leather. Leather car seat restoration of aniline leather might cost you more than the other types of leather. 

Semi-Aniline Leather

Semi-aniline leather is a type of aniline leather that receives a protective coating on its surface. This protective layer is applied to protect the leather surface from daily wear and tear, scratches, etc. Apart from the protection, the layering also helps the leather get a smooth-looking texture. That is why aniline leather is known as ‘unfinished leather’, and people call semi-aniline leather ‘finished leather’. 

Full-Grain Leather

Full-grain leather, sometimes known by the name of Napa leather, is the kind of leather that is artificially tanned and coated. Though these types of leather are artificially manufactured, it still manages to keep the texture of genuine leather. You will mostly find these types of finely finished leather in luxury cars. The best feature of this leather type is that it keeps the original, natural pattern giving it a more luxurious feel. Since full-grain leathers are finely finished, it’s long-lasting, more durable and highly resistant.

Corrected Grain Leather

Corrected grain leather is an artificially prepared leather usually found in medium to lower price range vehicles. It has the least number of natural attributes that you would generally find in a naturally occurring leather type. The manufacturing process involves using different scientific methods to remove any form of imperfections on the leather surface. After that, a protective coating is applied to the surface layers of the leather. Last but not least, to enhance the look and feel of the leather, an embellishing grain pattern is engraved onto the surface. 

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