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. It keeps the leather soft and protects it from drying and fading. As it is porous, we recommend protecting it with COLOURLOCK Waterproof Spray which makes the surface water repellent and also protects against spillages. If the leather is brand new, we recommend carrying out the above treatment at least one year after purchase and more frequently after the first year (once every 3-6 months depending on use).

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 Leather Cleaning Spirit. 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 Leather Cleaning Spirit 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: 1 piece. One pad is sufficient for a complete set of furniture or car interior.; 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.

Leather Cleaning Spirit
Leather Cleaning Spirit is suitable for: Removing grease and traces of care products from nappa leather before repairing it with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather or refreshing the colour with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh. Removing greasy stains on furniture headrests or armrests (see our INFO section for more information) Removing grease prior to professional workshop colouring (aniline leather) Cleaning/degreasing very greasy nubuck or suede furniture Removing oil and sweat stains from jacket collars before washing with LEDER FEIN Leather & Fur Wash Concentrate Amount: 250 ml. This is usually sufficient to treat a complete car interior or set of furniture.; 1 litreApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Artificial leather, Aniline leather, Refined aniline leather, Pigmented leather, PU leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leather, Suede and nubuck leatherApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Moisten a clean, soft, white piece of cloth with a small amount of Leather Cleaning Spirit and apply to the greasy areas. Be careful to dab the leather lightly to avoid stains or rims forming, especially on porous leather (aniline, suede or nubuck). Always let the leather dry thoroughly between applications. Not every greasy spot can be removed completely! If you are having difficulty, please ask us for advice. After cleaning with the Leather Cleaning Spirit, the leather should be treated with a leather protector.
Available Sizes

Content: 250 ml (£44.00* / 1000 ml)

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.
Available Sizes

Content: 200 ml (£5.50* / 100 ml)

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 Protector Spray Pump
The Aniline & Suede Protector is a care product with a complex UV-filters and antioxidants. It protect absorbent leather (Nubuck, Suede, Buffalo and Aniline Leather) from fading by sun and drying out. Regular care increases the gloss and lifespan of your leather.Amount: 200 mlApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Aniline leather, Semi-aniline leather, Suede and nubuck leatherThe COLOURLOCK Aniline & Suede Protector is a care product with a complex UV-filters and antioxidants. It protect absorbent leather (Nubuck, Suede, Buffalo and Aniline Leather) from fading by sun and drying out. Regular care increases the gloss and lifespan of your leather.

Content: 200 ml (£10.00* / 100 ml)