Perforated leather is exactly as the name suggests – holes on the surface. As the perforations are made in a regular pattern, they provide an attractive design feature on clothing and shoes. But they have a practical purpose too in making furniture and car leather upholstery more breathable. 

Even if the leather is pigmented, the perforations allow moisture to be released more effectively, so reducing sweating. Heated seats in cars will also benefit from the perforations, in addition to any cooling system.

The only downside to perforated leather is that it is more liable to staining, as the dirt collects inside the holes.


Perforated Leather

How to clean perforated leather

Perforations make it easy for moisture to penetrate the surface. The danger is that the edges of the holes may swell, causing the leather to become misshapen. Also the moisture can easily rise back to the surface, causing staining. This is why you should only clean perforated leather when it is visibly dirty. 

We recommend applying Colourlock Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner sparingly, using a soft lint-free cloth. Take care not to fill the holes with the product. If possible, always start on an area that is not perforated. Remove any leftover product with a lightly damp cloth. If the area gets too wet during the cleaning process, it is advisable to dry it with a hair dryer and allow the leather to dry before continuing.

Perforated leather should be treated every three to six months, depending on how regularly the item is used. Applying Colourlock Elephant Leather Preserver after the cleaning instructions above will ensure your perforated leather upholstery should remain clean and beautiful for a long time.

Colourlock Elephant Preserver