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Vegetable/plant-tanned leather

Vegetable-tanned leathers are characterised by the fact that the animal skin is tanned exclusively with parts of plants. Barks in particular, e.g. oak, spruce or birch, but also leaves (for example from olive trees) or fruits are suitable for this process.

Vegetable tanning has long since been the most common way of producing leather. It has been proven that leathers were being tanned with as far back as 5000 years ago. Today, vegetable tanning only accounts for around 10% of the leather produced.

Vegetable-tanned leather is usually recognised by its dyed brown/cognac-coloured hue. The cleaning and care of this type of leather is somewhat difficult because the leather is extremely delicate and can not even be cleaned with water.

Please note: Vegetable-tanned leather may only be treated with very special, gentle cleaning agents, as otherwise the surface may be damaged. The best way to remove coarse soiling is with a soft brush or the upholstery fixture of a vacuum cleaner (max. 500 W).

We recommend treating the leather when required with the specially developed KERALUX® Gentle Cleaner V and the KERALUX® Care Lotion V. This re-moisturises and re-greases the leather after cleaning.