How to care & protect buffalo leather

Buffalo Leather is used mainly for production of furniture, bags and accessories but it has also been used extensively by BMW for leather seats. Buffalo leather is porous. So, when you rub a drop of water on the surface, it penetrates and darkens the leather.

As with any type of leather, it has its pros and cons. The main advantage is they have a nice structure and are soft and warm to touch. Due to its structure, buffalo leather is robust and durable. However, the main downside to it is they are extremely sensitive. Buffalo leather becomes shiny and greasy over time, the colour fades and it can also stain easily.

To maintain brand new buffalo leather, we recommend using COLOURLOCK Aniline Protector Spray. It keeps the leather soft and protects it from drying and fading.

Due to the porous nature of the leather, stains cannot be simply wiped off. Most stains are not on the surface and have actually penetrated the leather. Crusty stains and stains that are on the surface can however be treated using COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad or COLOURLOCK Nubuck eraser. It is best to clean the leather with the COLOURLOCK Degreaser. Fresh grease or oil stains can be removed with our COLOURLOCK Grease Absorber Spray. Please refer to our information text.

We recommend applying our care and protection treatments only after cleaning. Buffalo leather is a delicate leather and develops patina with time. It is important to note that this is expected with this type of leather. With the recommended products, however, you have the best possible way to look after such leathers.

With dark buffalo skins, you can freshen up the colour using COLOURLOCK Nubuck Fresh. It is important to degrease before with COLOURLOCK Degreaser  and sand any rough areas with COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad. As buffalo leather is highly absorbent, 1 litre of Nubuck Fresh is required. While the Nubuck Fresh can be applied using a sponge, we recommend applying it using a spray gun as it is substantially easier and gives a nice even finish.

Extreme fading and heavier stains are best treated professionally at a specialist workshop. Please contact us so we can assist you further. 

Buffalo leather by BMW, dark brown, sun-bleached

Typical older furniture buffalo leather, greasy after use

Buffalo leather is sensitive against stains

Recommended products

Leather Sanding Pad
The Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for:  Smoothing rough areas before applying COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh or COLOURLOCK Liquid Leather. Cleaning greasy areas on nubuck and suede. Careful sanding during professional colouring in the workshop. Amount: Pack of 5 Application Rub the leather gently with the pad in a circular motion. Avoid gouging and deep scratches. Both faces of the pad can be used. It can be washed out with water.  Before colouring nappa leather, the surfaces should be sanded carefully. Our Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for this step.

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Degreaser is used in various situations for degreasing. The degreaser is a solvent-free product, yet powerful and gentle to the surface. It does not dissolve the color and is therefore excellent for degreasing all types of leather. Areas of application: for degreasing smooth leather and removing care product residues before repair for the professional and end user. for degreasing grease spots in the headrest and armrest areas of furniture, steering wheels, handles and gear knobs on vehicles, handles on handbags and suitcases, etc.for cleaning/degreasing of "spackled" rough leathers in the furniture tradefor degreasing greasy collars on jackets before washing with leather detergentfor degreasing greasy areas before professional dyeing in the workshop   Amounts of COLOURLOCK Degreaser: 30 ml is enough for steering wheels or handbag handles. 150 ml is sufficient for a furniture set or car interior. 250 ml and 1 liter for more extensive degreasing work or for several objects. APPLICATION Always test all products first on a concealed area for changes! Although COLOURLOCK Degreaser does not dissolve colors, it may cause a lightening of colors in open-pored leathers or if too much was used on smooth leather. Therefore, pre-testing is always advisable. Dampen a clean, soft cloth with the degreaser and go over the greasy areas. Plain smooth leathers can be degreased thoroughly after a test. For open-pored leather (suede, aniline leather, etc.), only briefly dart over the leather with the cloth in order to avoid edging and stains caused by the cleaning attempt. Allow the leather to dry between all treatments. Do not blow dry. Not all grease spots can be removed completely. Areas of contact with skin or hair and areas greased over long periods of time are particularly difficult. In some cases, grease remover spray might help. For large areas, deeply absorbed oils, or heavy greasing, seek professional advice. After cleaning with the COLOURLOCK Degreaser, re-condition and protect the leather with a care product suitable for the type of leather.

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Suede & Nubuck Eraser
The Nubuck Eraser, along with the Leather Sanding Pad, will remove stains from suede and nubuck. The Sanding Pad should be applied to larger areas, while the Eraser is more appropriate for individual crusty stains. The Eraser can also be used to remove dirt on hard surfaces (such as shoes) and sleeve/collar edges of leather clothing.  Application Localized soiling is often not easy to remove. Using a corner of the Eraser, rub the affected area in a circular motion. If a stain proves too resistant, you may have to stop to prevent damaging the leather surface.

Aniline and Nubuck Cleaner
Aniline and Nubuck Cleaner is suitable for open-pored, fine-grained smooth leather, aniline leather, suede, velvety buffed leather and nubuck leather, as well as oiled and greased leather. They must be re-oiled or greased after cleaning. In particular, nubuck and aniline leather are very susceptible to stains and dirt and quickly become greasy. The leather absorbs liquids very quickly, which often results in water marks. With this product, which is a further development of the popular COLOURLOCK Aniline Cleaner, water residues almost never form on the leather after cleaning, even with a "wet" cleaning. COLOURLOCK Aniline and Nubuck Cleaner is used in the furniture and automotive sectors. Aniline leathers and nubuck are open-pored smooth leathers. Nubuck absorbs moisture and dirt more quickly due to its extremely opened surface. These open-pored leathers are more sensitive to soiling than surface-dyed leathers. COLOURLOCK Aniline and Nubuck Cleaner frees aniline and nubuck leather from dirt without leaving water residues on the leather. The cleaner does not contain any solvents. It is made with plant-based active ingredients and does not contain synthetic odors. COLOURLOCK Aniline and Nubuck Cleaner is gentle yet effective. It is gentle on both colors and materials. Because leather types are very sensitive, test the product on a hidden area before first use. If you are unsure, contact our customer service by phone and send us photos to We will be glad to help you! Application As the product is easy to apply, both private customers and commercial customers can use it comfortably. Nevertheless, if you have very heavy soiling, contact a specialist company in order to avoid even greater damage. Here, too, we will be happy to help you with recommendations. Although the product is gentle, test it in a non-visible area when using it for the first time. After testing, use COLOURLOCK Aniline and Nubuck Cleaner as described below. DO NOT apply the cleaner directly to the soiled area. Instead, apply it onto a sponge or a leather cleaning brush wrapped with a microfiber cloth, cotton cloth or terry cloth, lathering it up slightly. Apply the product “wet” and work carefully in a circular motion from seam to seam to avoid streaking. This process can be repeated if necessary. CAUTION: When using a leather cleaning brush, do not rub too hard in order to avoid damaging the sensitive leather and to avoid rubbing off the color of open-pored leather. Check for color abrasion during use. After cleaning is complete, let it dry at room temperature. Due to a small addition of a neutral synthetic resin, the product binds with the dirt in a fine crystalline form. As a result, the cleaner acts as a drying aid as well as an anti-soiling agent and prevents the formation of water spots. Make sure that the leather is completely dry before applying a care or re-greasing product. After it is dry, use the appropriate care products to nurture it and protect it against new soiling. With the correct products, the leather becomes less sensitive, and the next cleaning will be easier. The appropriate care product depends on the type of leather. We carry a range of products such as Aniline and Nubuck Protector and Elephant Leather Preserver. Ask us for advice! Hazard statements In case of contact with eyes: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove existing contact lenses if possible. Continue rinsing. Shake before use! Do not allow to freeze! Keep away from children!

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Nubuck & Suede Fresh
Nubuk Fresh is a gentle water-based tint suitable for refreshing and re-tinting suede and buffalo leather that is not too faded. 1 liter is sufficient for one leather set. In rare cases the need may be higher. 250 ml is sufficient for smaller objects or for blending. Nubuk Fresh 250 ml is only available in the basic colors for self-mixing. From one liter also special colors and colors F001 - F046 are mixed. ADVANTAGES Nubuk Fresh is easy to use and can easily correct light fading of dark suede. In case of strong fading and dark stains on light leathers, the covering power is not sufficient! Recoloring is not possible!Nubuk Fresh can be applied either with a sponge, a pump spray bottle or with a spray gun. Application with a spray gun is always the first choice.Nubuk Fresh has a pleasant feel with very good adhesion. Nubuck, velour, aniline and buffalo leathers regain their color freshness after treatment.   APPLICATION Always test all products first on a concealed area for changes! Always thoroughly clean and degrease the smooth or nubuck leather to be treated before dyeing! If possible, dry-clean the leather first, especially if it is very greasy. Otherwise clean with the leather cleaning petrol and/or the grease remover spray and/or with the leather sanding pad. Leather that is too heavily spotted or leather that has been soaked with sweat is not suitable for color refreshing. The tint would not be accepted evenly and would not adhere sufficiently to the leather fiber. Spray Nubuk Fresh thinly from seam to seam and allow to dry. After drying, carefully brush or rub the surface with a terry cloth towel. Repeat process as needed. Be careful of drips. They will cause stains. Redyeing or lightening of rough leathers is not possible. For very dark leathers used in cars and furniture, Nubuk Fresh can also be applied with a sponge. Rough leathers - when they are new - always give off color slightly. Even after treatment with Nubuk Fresh, a white cloth will produce a slight abrasion. However, this is harmless. If a fixation is still desired, Nubuk Fresh Neutral can be applied after the color refreshment. In addition to the impregnation, this also fixes the color. In extreme cases, add 1% Crosslinker IC2. Always treat nubuck leather with Aniline & Rough Leather Protector and Leather Impregnation. This maintains the leather, keeps it supple, and reimpregnates the leather.
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