Types of Leather
The most common types of leather are:
1) Top Grained (Protected or coated) (Manufacturer Code "P")
This type of leather is used in almost all applications including automotive and furniture upholstery, jackets and clothing, and more. This type of leather is the easiest to maintain, and also the most durable. It will appear to have a distinct "finished" look and somewhat heavier in feel than an unprotected or unfinished leather. When a droplet of water is placed on the surface of this leather, the droplet will "bead up" and cause no darkening of the spot and is easily wiped away.
2) Aniline ( Manufacturer Code "A")
This type of leather is a very soft feeling form of leather with no finish on the surface of the leather, leaving it unsealed and susceptible to dirt and staining. Being much more difficult to maintain, it is found used primarily on furniture and clothing
3) Suede (AKA NuBuck) (Manufacturer Code "N")
This is a form of Aniline leather. The finish is brushed and appears to have a "Knapp" which will change colors when the surface is gently wiped with a hand or other object. When a droplet of water is placed on the surface of this type of leather, it may "bead up " initially, but when gently wiped over the surface the water will be quickly absorbed into the leather creating a "dark" spot.
4) Semi-Aniline (Manufacturer Code "A")
This type is also an uncoated type of leather but has a "finished" look. The surface of the leather will have a similar appearance as Top Coated leather, but will be a bit softer and lighter in feel. When a droplet of water is placed onto the surface of the leather, it will immediately be absorbed into the leather and cause a "dark" spot. This is the most difficult leather to care for and to keep looking new, especially when used in a "family" room or other high use area. It is also the most common type of leather sold in furniture. Leather is called by many different names, most of which are nothing more than Manufacturers identifications, or "Remnants of Tradition". In most instances, your leather will be identified with a tag referring to the specific type of leather used in your application.
How to Clean Crocodile Bags
Crocodile skins are more rough than many other types of skin and must be cleaned in a different way. These skins are considered a soft leather. If you don't take the time to learn how to care for your crocodile handbag, it may start to wear and won't last as long as you expect.
Here are what we recommend to take care of your leather accessories:
1. After you buy a new crocodile leather product, apply a premium leather cream or conditioner. Do this twice a year to preserve the leather and to help provide water resistance.
In doing this use a gentle non-fluffy cloth. Put on a small amount of the cream/conditioner to the cloth and then rub onto the leather product gently in small circles.
2. If your handbag gets wet, allow it to air-dry naturally. Keep it away from any source of heat. Do not accelerate the drying of your leather bag. When the leather is almost dry, apply a bit of leather cream or conditioner to restore flexibility.
3. Don’t use any animal fat on your leather, Animal oil will darken your leather; and, it will make the leather smell bad and decay gradually.
4. Your leather bag should be stored empty, and stuffed with tissue paper in order to maintain its shape.
5. Use a soft, damp sponge or cloth and alcohol-free cleaning product to clean your bag.
6. Don’t apply any household furniture polish, alcohol, or other solvents to your leather bag.
7. Do not store your handbag in a plastic bag. Remember that leather breathes and that is why it is soft and supple.