How to clean, care & protect pull-up, waxed and oiled leather

In order to know the best methods to clean and condition Pull-Up, waxed or oiled leather, it is first important to understand some basics information about the leather. 

What is Pull Up leather?, What are the main characteristics of this type of leather? and Pro's & Con's of Pull Up leather 

Pull Up leather is a type of aniline leather that is coloured with aniline dyes that are sealed using natural oils and/or waxes instead of paints, pigments and top coats. They end up having a coloured wax or oil finish on the top. Pull-Up leather is therefore also called as waxed leather or oiled leather. They are mainly used for making shoes and bags but they have also been used for making furniture.

Pull-Up leather has a sanded surface underneath the finish. However, on some Pull Up leather, the natural grain remains undamaged. The grain structure can be fine or coarse with either a gloss or a matt finish. The main characteristic of these leather types is they develop patina very quickly. Pull Up leather also have a lighter colour when they are stretched or when they get scratched.

Pull-Up, waxed and oiled leather tend to develop patina very quickly in comparison to other leather types.

Pro's & Con's of Pull Up Leather

The leather gets scratched easily and you can remove some of the colour if you rub the surface with a damp cloth. On the plus side, Pull Up leather is extremely soft and feels very natural. They develop a beautiful patina and have a lived in look. They are porous leathers and hence need to be protected from the outset as liquids can penetrate the surface and cause stains which can be difficult to remove.  

Important to note: Pull Up leather should not be confused with PU leather. These are polyurethane coated split leather called PU-Leather or Bicast. Please refer to the appropriate manual. 

Important! Such leather must be maintained differently! Otherwise you can cause damages.

Do not confuse Pull Up leather with PU leather which is split leather with a layer of polyurethane coating (vinyl) applied to the surface.

How to clean & protect Pull Up leather?

Most new oiled and waxed leather(Pull up leather) are usually porous. Water, wine, coffee and other fluids will penetrate into the leather and can cause stains that are hard to remove by general cleaning. Find out how porous your leather is by running a simple test. Rub or drip a drop of water in a hidden area and check if water penetrates the surface. If it is Pull Up leather, you will notice it penetrates the surface. In such cases COLOURLOCK Waterproofing Spray for Leather & Textile is the first choice for protection. If the water doesn’t penetrate into the leather, COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream or COLOURLOCK Gloss Cream is recommended as care depending on the gloss level. The use of the cream is better when scratches have to be removed. The creams do offer a more intensive protection and if you want to use the creams, we recommend using it in conjunction with the Waterproof Spray. First, apply the waterproof Spray and wait for a few minutes. Once the surface has a base level protection, apply wither the Aniline cream or Gloss cream for enhanced protection.

Dust down waxed and oiled leather with a soft cloth or a feather duster. It can also be wiped with a slightly damp cloth. Don't get the cloth too wet and don't rub too hard, all the while ensuring you don't stain the surface or remove any colour.

Oiled and waxed leather get traces or patina after a very short period of usage. That is a desired effect of this type of leather. 

Slight traces of tear and wear can be polished with a soft, dry cloth. The fat or oil on the surface moves and the scratches can barely be seen. In case of more and stronger traces of wear, the cloth may slightly be moistened with water. Heavier traces can be polished by using Aniline Cream or Gloss-Cream (depending on the gloss grade of the leather) with a soft cloth. Always test the procedure first for safety in a hidden area! Extremely sensitive leather should be treated with Waterproofing before the polishing.

Dark areas can be lightened by stretching the surface. In all procedures try as much as possible to get an even tone on the surface. If treating shoes, always treat both shoes, entire surfaces of bags and all the seats of a couch.

Recommended products

Waterproofing Leather & Textile
The Waterproofing Spray is a gentle anti-stain protection for sensitive nubuck and suede leather as well as textiles. Available in 200 ml and 500 ml cans. Areas of application: Garments, shoes, cushions, bags, saddles, tents etc.ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Spray on a clean and dry surface horizontally, from a distance of approx. 40 cm, thinly and evenly. Allow to dry. For heavily strained surfaces repeat as necessary. It should also be reapplied after cleaning. Apply according to instructions and warnings on the label.Important: The waterproofing will not make absorbent leather fully water-resistant. It increases protection, but the surfaces nevertheless have to be treated gently.
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Content: 200 ml (US$6.60* / 100 ml)

Aniline Cream
Aniline Cream offers intensive protection for all fine-pore, matt and sensitive top-grain leathers. To check if your leather is aniline, simply put a small drop of water onto the surface. If it soaks in and darkens the surface, then you will need to protect it against dirt and stains.Amount: 250 ml (sufficient for a complete set of furniture), 1 litreApplication areas: Furniture Leather, Leather ClothingFor: Aniline leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leatherUsed regularly, COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream provides a strong barrier against all types of stains and soiling. This treatment is best applied at an early stage as a preventative measure as stains that have already been absorbed into the leather are hard to remove without professional help.Typical areas of application: All kinds of fine-pore, matt, porous top-grain leather furniture The Volkswagen Touareg aniline leather All porous garment leather (top-grain leather) Porous top-grain calf shoe leather For glossy aniline leather, use COLOURLOCK Gloss Cream. Coarse-pore or very sensitive aniline leather should be treated with COLOURLOCK Waterproofing for nubuck and textile. Read more about aniline leather here. The Aniline Cream should only be applied to clean leather! Always test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.  Application Wet a soft, lint-free cloth slightly with the Aniline Cream and apply evenly in a circular motion, from seam to seam, on the leather's surface. Wait about ten minutes and repeat application. New aniline leather should be treated at least three times in order to prevent stains and discolouration. When finished, warm the surface slightly with a hair dryer. This improves the protective effect. Strained surfaces should be treated at least every three months. Clean the leather carefully with COLOURLOCK Aniline Cleaner before each treatment. This is a gentle cleaner but not suitable for nubuck or suede. Slightly moisten a soft, lint-free piece of cloth with the Cleaner and clean in a circular motion from seam to seam - never apply directly on the leather! Soak up moisture and dirt immediately with a suitable cloth. Avoid too much pressure while rubbing. Test on a hidden area first. Please note that drawn-in stains cannot be removed using the Aniline Cleaner (see pictures). In these cases, please ask us for advice.

Content: 250 ml (US$10.56* / 100 ml)

Variants from US$15.60*
Gloss Cream
Gloss Cream is a care and stain protection product suitable for open-pored, fine-grained, glossy smooth leathers which have a light base protection and do not immediately absorb a drop of liquid. Leathers suitable for the product are found in the furniture sector and in bags or clothing. For safety, always test all care products first in a concealed area for changes. Aniline leathers are open-pored smooth leathers. Such leathers are wonderfully warm and natural, but more sensitive than surface-dyed smooth leathers. Not all aniline leathers are the same. Some leathers have a fine grain and are pre-treated, other leathers are more coarse-pored and absorb any liquid immediately. The gloss cream is suitable only for the fine-pored and glossy aniline leathers which do not absorb a drop of water immediately. Appropriate care is especially important for open-pored leathers in order to make the leather somewhat less sensitive so it can be cleaned more easily. However, the most important protection always remains a careful handling of the natural product, leather. Because of the sensitivity of open-pored leathers, all products must always be tested first in a concealed area! APPLICATION Due to the sensitivity of open-pored leather, all products must always be tested for changes in a concealed area first! Never apply the products directly to the leather, but always rub the cleaner onto a sponge or cloth and the care product into a soft cloth first. Always apply the products in a circular motion from seam to seam to avoid stains or streaks. Gloss Cream For everyday care, we recommend Gloss Cream which is an effective stain protector, increases the gloss level and keeps the leather supple. Gloss Cream should only be applied to clean leather. For soiled leather we recommend Aniline Cleaner. First check the application on a concealed area! Moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with the product and apply it to the leather surface evenly from seam to seam in a circular motion. Allow to soak in briefly (10 min.) and repeat if necessary. New aniline leather should be treated several times in areas heavy use during initial treatment to prevent stains and discoloration. After application, heat the surface slightly with a hair dryer. This increases the protective effect. The desired gloss is only achieved by re-polishing the dried surface. Heavily used areas should be re-treated every three months. For less stressed areas, intervals of 6 to 12 months are sufficient. 75 ml of Gloss Cream is recommended for bags. 250 ml of Gloss Cream is sufficient for an armchair or a set of furniture. For larger leather upholstery surfaces, we also carry the product in liters. The products have a shelf life of several years if stored at room temperature, frost-free and not too warm.

Content: 250 ml (US$10.56* / 100 ml)

Variants from US$15.60*