How to clean and care for Nubuck Leather furniture?
How to clean and condition Nubuck?
Nubuck is simply leather sanded or buffed, giving it a velvet-like surface. (See part 1 of articles on leather furniture) While visually it may be confused with Suede, which is produced from the splits (lower part of the skin), Nubuck comes from the full grain (top part). It's then more robust and durable than suede. Its soft and velvet-like touch and its natural look, make it a popular choice, whether for furnishing, clothing or for footwear.
However, these aspects can also be considered its Achilles heel since to obtain them, the leather can receive no protective finishing coating. Thus, it is one of the most vulnerable leathers and should be a well thought-out choice.
Nubuck should be avoided if you have domestic animals who like to occupy the living room sofa, or if you have kids of very young age, or for leather furnishing in busy or public areas. But whether for living room furnishing, clothing or even for shoes and boots, because of its beauty and comfort, it can steal the show from even the finest leathers!
How to clean and condition Nubuck?
Knowing that Nubuck will absorb like a sponge any dirt that it comes in contact with, the first subject that needs to be introduced about how to care for NUBUCK is protection.
• How to protect Nubuck
Ideally, as soon as possible after its purchase, Nubuck should be protected using SAHARA industrial quality waterproofing and stain-proofing spray. For optimum protection, it is best to use 2 to 3 thin coats, with 8 hours of dry time between each coat. Refresh treatment with 1 or 2 coats, once a year.
- If leather is not new, make sure it is as clean as possible (see Cleaning Nubuck below) and make sure to go over its entire surface with a Nubuck brush before applying Sahara spray.
- The vapors of SAHARA should not be breathed in, under any circumstances. Wear a mask and apply in a well-ventilated area, and vacate the room for at least an hour after the treatment.
• How to clean Nubuck
Spraying AQUILA in a fine mist over the Nubuck surface is usually the way to go. Unless it is very dirty or stained, it is usually best to not soak leather. By spraying only a fine mist, AQUILA will « grab on to » the greasy dirt particles, will break them down and turn them to dust. Once dry, for nubuck leather furniture, gently go over the surface with a vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment to remove dust and dirt. For shoes, we normally only need to go over the shoe with a Nubuck brush.
• How to restore the nap : brushing Nubuck
To keep its velvet-like nap, Nubuck must be brushed regularly, otherwise, over time it will flatten down and become shiny, and turn into smooth leather. For Nubuck leather boots or shoes, it is even recommended to gently brush after each wear. For Nubuck leather furniture, special attention should be given to brushing the headrests, harm rests and seating areas.
• Nubuck Color restoration
It is usually only necessary to perform the steps above to restore color to Nubuck. Light stains, dulled down colors, etc., vanish with only these. For heavily stained shoes, you may need to use a « Nubuck eraser ». If needed, you can also use CAMOSCIO to refresh Nubuck faded color, making sure to brush them once dry.
It may not be the most forgiving, but as long as one provides faultless regular and assiduous cares, it can provide rich, soothing and warm comfort unparalleled by the best fabric imitations or even by other high-end leather!