How to remove water marks on aniline, suede and nubuck

Penetrated stains on aniline (porous smooth leather) and suede or nubuck are not easy to remove. Water based cleaners make the leather wet and in most cases are not at all effective as the stains stay visible. There is no easy way to remove such stains.

After a lot of tests we found the  COLOURLOCK Aniline Stain Remover to be extremely effective in removing water marks on aniline.

WATER MARKS ON GARMENTS (ANILINE, SUEDE, NUBUCK)

Clothing leather has the advantage that it can be completely washed. This avoids more marks being caused by local cleaning attempts. Treating the garment according to the instruction (refer to our video 'How to wash leather') first with Aniline Stain Remover is important for good results!

WATER MARKS ON ANILINE FURNITURE

For sensitive aniline furniture, aniline bags and aniline shoes, the treatment with COLOURLOCK Aniline Water Stain Remover is also first choice. Every piece of leather is different and can react differently to the same treatment. We therefore cannot guarantee the removal of water marks. However, we have achieved excellent results with this method.

Application: Always test in a hidden area. Wear gloves! Apply Stain Remover with a soft cloth evenly from seam to seam (wet well). Don’t rub too hard! Otherwise you might damage the softened surface. To speed up drying, use a hair dryer (cold air!). Repeat the process until no further improvement can be achieved.

After drying, new leathers (visually like new and soft) should be protected intensively with COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream to avoid new stains. Older leather (visible patina) should be protected with COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver.


MARKS ON FURNITURE OF SUEDE OR NUBUCK

Penetrated stains on suede and nubuck are not easy to remove. Rarely can the stains be completely removed. However, significant improvements can be achieved.

Application: Always test in a hidden area. Wear gloves! Apply COLOURLOCK Aniline Water Stain Remover with a soft cloth evenly from seam to seam (wet well). Don’t rub too hard! Otherwise you might damage the softened surface. To speed up drying, a hair dryer (cold air!) can be used. Repeat the process until no further improvement can be achieved. After drying, sand the surface with COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad and care with COLOURLOCK Aniline Protector and COLOURLOCK Waterproofing.

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Removes water stains on aniline leather Can be used on aniline furniture, handbags, jackets and car seats. Stains caused by other spillages (tea, coffee, wine etc) on aniline leather may not be removed completely but will show a significant improvement. After treatment, we recommend applying a suitable care product from our range to make the leather waterproof and protect it from future stains. Jackets and handbags will have to be treated completely. Please read detailed description below. Application areas: Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Aniline leatherPenetrated stains on aniline (porous smooth leather) and suede or nubuck are not easy to remove. With water-based cleaners, the leather gets wet and in most cases the stains stay visible. Aniline Stain Remover is a special product formulated to remove water stains and other water-based stains from aniline leather. Stains caused by spillages other than water may not be removed completely but will show a significant improvement. It is important to treat these stains as soon as possible.Please note:This product will not remove grease, fat or oil stains.This product is not suitable for antique leather (older than 30 years) which is extremely hard and cracked leather. Water Marks On Aniline FurnitureFor sensitive aniline furniture, aniline bags and aniline shoes, use Aniline Stain Remover. Every piece of leather is different and can react differently to the same treatment. We therefore cannot guarantee the removal of water marks. However, we have achieved excellent results with this method.Application: Always test in a hidden area first. Wear gloves. Apply fixative with a soft cloth evenly from seam to seam (wet the area well). Don’t rub too hard! Otherwise you might damage the softened surface. To speed up drying, a hair dryer (cold air!) can be used. Repeat the process until no further improvement can be achieved.After drying, new leathers (visually like new and soft) should be protected intensively with COLOURLOCK Aniline Cream to avoid new stains. Older leather (visible patina) should be protected with COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver. Water Marks On Suede Or Nubuck FurniturePenetrated stains on suede and nubuck are not easy to remove. Rarely can the stains be completely removed. However, significant improvements can be achieved. Application: Always test in a hidden area. Wear gloves. Apply Aniline Stain Remover evenly with a soft cloth from seam to seam (wet well). Don’t rub too hard! Otherwise you might damage the softened surface. To speed up drying, a hair dryer (cold air!) can be used. Repeat the process until no further improvement can be achieved. After drying, sand the surface with COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad and finish with COLOURLOCK Aniline Protector and COLOURLOCK Waterproofing. Water Marks On Garments (Aniline, Suede, Nubuck)Clothing leather has the advantage that it can be completely washed. This avoids more marks being caused by local cleaning attempts. Please order COLOURLOCK Wash Concentrate Kit and wash the garment as per instructions provided in the kit.Careful: The product contains natural volatile acids. Avoid skin contact, use rubber gloves. Wash off skin or eyes with generous amounts of water. Keep away from children.
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