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WHAT IS NUBUCK LEATHER?

 

Many people often confuse nubuck with suede and wonder why nubuck is more expensive. A simple answer is that it is a higher grade leather. Nubuck is top-grain leather that has been buffed and sanded on the outer side of the hide to give a velvety feeling on the surface. The outer side of the hide or so called grain side gives nubuck more strength, thickness and a fine grain when compare to suede. Finding the hide quality to make nubuck leather is not easy hence the higher price and the more desirable finishing.

The velvety feeling is a result of a small fiber hair on the surface which after use will get shorter and shorter and eventually turn into a nice patina. This is known as aging process for leather bag and shoes making the bag unique to the owner. No one would have the same patina as you do and this is another charm of nubuck leather that many people fell in love with.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR NUBUCK LEATHER?

Naturally, nubuck characteristics are soft but scratches easily but removable by gently rubbing your finger at the area. Light or small water drops and spills darken the leather temporarily and it will eventually dry to its original color. However, lots of water spill may leave some stain. Nubuck can be protected using water proof spray regularly. However, the best way is to keep it away from the water and clean it with leather brush regularly for any dust or small particles caught on the surface.

 

LEATHER CARE PRODUCTS FOR NUBUCK

Tarrago shampoo spray

This is a multi-purpose shampoo spray to help clean your leather. The shampoo can be used with suede, oil nubuck, oil leather, PU leather and other smooth skin leathers.

  1. Spray the shampoo at the area you want to clean
  2. Rub the entire area with soft brush or dampen piece of cloth
  3. Clean the dirt from the foam
  4. Let it sit and dry

Tarrago mink oil

Mink oil helps make the leather softer, restore, and moisturized the leather. It also act as a water resistant coating for your bag or shoes. It can be used with oil leather, vegetable-tanned leather, and other smooth skin leathers.

  1. Clean your bag or shoes first with clean cloth or horsehair brush
  2. Apply mink oil over the leather surface with a piece of clean cloth
  3. Let it dry before polishing the leather again with horsehair brush or clean cloth

Tarrago dubbin

Dubbin is similar to mink oil but also help darken the color of the leather. It helps prevent the leather from drying and cracking. Applying this will help extend the leather life-time and act as a water resistant coating.

  1. Clean your bag or shoes first with clean cloth or horsehair brush
  2. Apply mink oil over the leather surface with a piece of clean cloth
  3. Let it dry before polishing the leather again with horsehair brush or clean cloth

Tarrago suede renovator spray

This is an ALL IN ONE spray specifically designed for suede, nubuck, and chamois leather. It will help revitalize your leather including making the faded color come back to your original color.

  1. Shake the bottle before spraying the entire leather goods with 20 cm distance from the leather goods
  2. Let it dry
  3. Brush it with horsehair brush over the leather goods

Tarrago nano protection spray

This high quality nano technology spray helps protect your leather bag or shoes from liquid stain without changing or altering the color of the leather. It can be used with all type of leathers including suede, oil nubuck, oil leather, PU leather and other smooth skin leathers.

  1. Shake the bottle before spraying the entire leather goods with 20 cm distance from the leather goods
  2. Wait about 10 minutes for the product to dry
  3. Spray it again and let it completely dry for 30 minutes

 

All of the products mentioned above are easily found at your nearby department store in the leather section. Bringing your bag or show together with you is highly recommended for the right advice from the shop on which product best suit your need.

Nubuck is top-grain cattle leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface. It is resistant to wear, and may be white or colored.

Nubuck is similar to suede, but is created from the outer side of a hide, giving it more strength and thickness and a fine grain. It is generally more expensive than suede, and must be colored or dyed heavily to cover up the sanding and stamping process.

Nubuck characteristics are similar to aniline leather. It is soft to touch, scratches easily, and water drops darken it temporarily (It dries to its original color.)

Nubuck is a type of leather with a soft, velvety surface and is some of the most expensive leather to purchase. Unlike the less expensive suede, this type of leather is far more durable and is excellent for use on items like furniture because it will last much longer than suede. It is subject to the same ind of easy staining that occurs with suede and often requires pre-treatment or stain resistant protection to extend its life.

It’s easy to get confused about whether a leather item is nubuck or suede since both look and feel similar. Both types of leather are sanded to produce the velvet soft feel that is so desirable. The main difference is that nubuck is sanded on the outer surface of the leather, essentially the part that would have been the exterior skin of the animal, while suede is sanded on the inner layer of the skin.

Since the outside layer of a skin is much tougher, nubuck lasts much longer and responds very well to this sanding process. It does show imperfections in the exterior layer of the skin much more easily, and is often treated with dyes, sometimes simply clear ones, to disguise any significant flaws. The sanding process can create further imperfections when not done correctly, so nubuck may be color-treated to hide these too.

You will find nubuck used in a variety of applications. Furniture made with this material is highly desirable, but will come at a much more expensive price than furniture made from lower grade types of leather. Nubuck shoes and purses are popular, as is clothing. Some companies prefer to use it instead of suede so that a product will last longer. For example, the Birkenstock® classic sandal is made from nubuck instead of suede. The company chose this particular leather because it is so much stronger than suede and will wear well with time.

Naturally, all nubuck is subject to significant staining and requires proper care even when it is stain treated. Unlike flat leather, you can’t use shoe polish on this material because of its nap. Instead, many leather manufacturers suggest one way to keep it from getting permanent stains is to use a brush on the leather regularly to remove any small dust particles. If you have furniture made of nubuck, you should additionally vacuum the furniture about once a week to remove dust.

If you do spill liquids on nubuck, it’s important to use cotton cloths to try to soak up as much of the spill as possible. You can buy special leather cleaners that are approved for the material that can help remove oily stains. Most cleaners suggest not allowing the stain to dry since it is much harder to remove a stain on nubuck after it has fully dried. Generally the older the stain, the more difficult it is to remove.

The easy stain properties of nubuck should be a consideration when you make a purchase. The material may be perfect for the home where adults are quite careful when they sit on the furniture. The expense may not be worth it, on the other hand, if you have young children or animals that like to leap onto furniture.

 

WHAT IS OIL-WAX LEATHER?

Oiled or pull-up leather is a top grain leather that added oiled and wax to it in the tanning process to protect the leather. It is among one of the expensive type of leather out there in the market. This is simply because it has to go through meticulous tanning process starting from selecting the high quality hide, surface sanding and adding oil and wax into it before coming out as a nice oil pull up leather. The most prominent characteristics of this leather is when the leather is pulled and stretched, the waxes cause the dyes to spread giving the hide a two tone or antique effect. Natural marking can also be visible right on the surface.

The surface can easily be scratched but it can be remove. Light scratch from fingernail can be removed by gently rubbing the area. Oiled and waxed leather develop a natural patina over time. Darken color and softer touch is what you can expect after using. This leather is by itself water-resistant. All of these unique characteristics which is hard to find in other type of leather make oil-waxed leather one of the popular choice in the US and Europe among leather lovers.

No surprise there is not a lot of brands offering oil-wax leather bag as it is really hard to find a nice big piece of oil-wax leather and a quality craftsmen to put together a nice bag. ZETTINO saw the charm of it and would like to share it with our customers.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR OIL-WAX LEATHER?

Oil-wax has a unique character and is one of the most beautiful leather out there. However, the leather can be easily scratch because of the oil and wax coated on the surface. Another charm of oil leather is that light scratches from finger nail or normal use can be removed through gentle rubbing over the area. Deeper scratches will be lighter by applying to some heat and rubbing them. After all, some scratches is desirable as it tell the story of your bag and your journey.

 

LEATHER CARE PRODUCTS FOR NUBUCK

Tarrago shampoo spray

This is a multi-purpose shampoo spray to help clean your leather. The shampoo can be used with suede, oil nubuck, oil leather, PU leather and other smooth skin leathers.

  1. Spray the shampoo at the area you want to clean
  2. Rub the entire area with soft brush or dampen piece of cloth
  3. Clean the dirt from the foam
  4. Let it sit and dry

Tarrago mink oil

Mink oil helps make the leather softer, restore, and moisturized the leather. It also act as a water resistant coating for your bag or shoes. It can be used with oil leather, vegetable-tanned leather, and other smooth skin leathers.

  1. Clean your bag or shoes first with clean cloth or horsehair brush
  2. Apply mink oil over the leather surface with a piece of clean cloth
  3. Let it dry before polishing the leather again with horsehair brush or clean cloth

Tarrago dubbin

Dubbin is similar to mink oil but also help darken the color of the leather. It helps prevent the leather from drying and cracking. Applying this will help extend the leather life-time and act as a water resistant coating.

  1. Clean your bag or shoes first with clean cloth or horsehair brush
  2. Apply mink oil over the leather surface with a piece of clean cloth
  3. Let it dry before polishing the leather again with horsehair brush or clean cloth

Tarrago nano protection spray

This high quality nano technology spray helps protect your leather bag or shoes from liquid stain without changing or altering the color of the leather. It can be used with all type of leathers including suede, oil nubuck, oil leather, PU leather and other smooth skin leathers.

  1. Shake the bottle before spraying the entire leather goods with 20 cm distance from the leather goods
  2. Wait about 10 minutes for the product to dry
  3. Spray it again and let it completely dry for 30 minutes

 

All of the products mentioned above are easily found at your nearby department store in the leather section. Bringing your bag or show together with you is highly recommended for the right advice from the shop on which product best suit your need. 

WHAT IS ANILINE LEATHER?

Aniline leather is a type of leather dyed exclusively with soluble dyes without covering the surface with a topcoat paint or insoluble pigments. The resulting product retains the hide's natural surface with the 'grain', i.e. visible pores, scars etc. of the complete original animal's skin structure.

Originally, the dyes used for this process were synthesized from aniline through chemical reactions.[citation needed] These dyes used to be called 'aniline dyes' or 'tar dyes'.[citation needed] In modern times, the dyes used are subject to laws and regulations in many countries, and the use of certain azo compounds is prohibited in the European Union as there are reasons to assume health risks.

Typically, leather is dyed both for aesthetic reasons and to conceal blemishes. The dye colours leather without producing the uniform surface of pigmented leather. Any visible variations on the surface of the undyed leather such as natural blemishes will remain visible. 

There are different kinds of aniline leather, but the same kinds of dyes are used in the process. The dyes used are clear and transparent chemicals that allow the grain structure of the leather to be seen. These dyes show the natural texture, but do not protect the leather from damage.

Aniline leather may be referred to as full aniline or full sauvage leather to differentiate between this dye treatment and variants. Semi-aniline leather is produced through a very similar process to full-aniline, but has a thin protective top coat added to protect it from wear and staining. Pull-up aniline leather has additional oil or wax applied to the leather to give it a distressed look.