Nubuck Leather Degreaser Kit N5.dr by Leather Doctor is a nubuck degreaser kit for removing prolonged body oil, grease, and sweat stains on nubuck leathers.
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What is Nubuck?
Nubuck is a result of buffing or sanding an aniline leather grain or smooth side to produce a fine velvety texture, also known as velvet suede.
Nubuck fine velvety nap is brushed with a nylon brush or a leather eraser to produce a finger-writing effect.
Why Nubuck becomes Tacky and bleed?
Nubuck by nature is both hydrophilic, water-loving, and oleophilic, oil-loving protein fiber material that easily absorbs body contact oil, grease, and sweat.
Nubuck, when saturated with body sweat, attracts the atmospheric bacteria, and when ferments turn alkaline and in severe cases an ammonia odor permeates.
Nubuck is an amphoteric material, and as such the ionic positive (+ve) charges weaken in the presence of alkaline and shift ionic negative (-ve), while the ionic negative (-ve) leather constituent like the tanning agent and dyestuff remains unchanged.
Nubuck protein fiber at the fermenting stage breaks the hydrogen bond with the tanning agent that turns the leather tacky, similar to the dyestuff that begins to bleed.
How to Degrease Nubuck?
Nubuck is degreased in the following holistic sequence of 7 steps . . .
1- Nubuck is generally cleaned with brushing, erasing, and vacuuming.
2- Stain is worked with Nubuck Nylon Brush-2 together with Leather Eraser-4 and cotton terry towel for soil extraction.
3- Leather Degreaser-2.2 is used for degreasing and rinsing with Leather Acidifier-2.0.
4- Nubuck Cleaner-4.5 is used for general overall cleaning including the stain-clean areas and followed by Nubuck Rinse-2.3.
5- Hydrator-3.3 is used to relax the suede to plump softness prior to Leather Fatliquor-5.0.
6- Leather Fatliquor-5.0 is used to top up the fatliquor conditioner for nubuck softness when dry.
7- Leather Protector-S/W is used as a non-stick, rub-resistant protector with a silky/waxy feel.
Why the following Products are Picked as a Holistic System to Degrease Nubuck leathers?
The answer is . . .
Leather Degreaser-2.2 with Leather Acidifier-2.0 system!
Leather Degreaser-2.2 is a pH 2.2 water-based hydrocarbon degreaser with tackiness and dye bleeding control for penetrated oil, grease, and sweat stains from skin, and hair contact.
Degreaser-2.2 also charges the nubuck protein fiber ionic positive (+ve) for strengthening the ionic attraction between the ionic negative (-ve) tanning agent, dyestuff, and fatliquor eliminating most potential side effects, unlike others.
Leather Acidifier-2.0 is a water-based acidifier conditioner with a pH value of 2.0 that works in sync with Degreaser-2.2 to rinse and pH-balance by charging the suede protein fiber ionic positive (+ve) to increase the attraction between the ionic negative (-ve) suede constituent like the tanning agent, dyestuff, and fatliquor from tackiness, bleeding, and stiffness.
Nubuck Cleaner-4.5 with Nubuck Rinse-2.3 system!
Nubuck Cleaner-4.5 is an all-purpose nubuck sanitizer-cleaner with a pH value of 4.5 without the potential side effects like tackiness and dye bleeding on split and sensitive napa suede.
Nubuck Rinse-2.3 is a pH value 2.3 rinse that sync with Nubuck Cleaner-4.5 to remove suspended soiling that also functions as a pH balancer to resolve any alkaline overexposure stickiness or bleeding issue.
Leather Hydrator-3.3 with Leather Fatliquor-5.0 system!
Leather Hydrator-3.3 is a water-based pH-3.3 leather-safe relaxer conditioner to open up the nubuck fibers before Fatliquor-5.0 top-up conditioning and also clean up surface residue thereafter.
Leather Fatliquor-5.0 is a pH value of 5.0 micro-emulsion of fat, oil, and water softening conditioner for restoring nubuck to its original softness.
Fatliquor-5.0 on application, the water-encased fat and oil molecule breaks free when ionic attraction takes place between the nubuck protein fiber. The excess free water wicks out leaving a breathing space behind for suede's natural transpiration.
Nubuck protection with Leather Protector-S enhances a non-stick silky feel surface to shield against sticky soiling.
Why Products in Concentrates?
Concentrate product has an indefinite shelf life, does not freeze, has less handling damage, and save on shipping weight.
Concentrates in the bottle have to be cut/mixed with distilled water prior to use.
How to work with Leather Degreaser-2.2 and Leather Acidifier-2.0 system?
1- Degreaser-2.2 is shaken to gel prior to use.
2- Degreaser-2.2 is transferred onto Nubuck Nylon Brush-2 or Leather Eraser-4 before applying to the stain to avoid overloading the nubuck.
3- Nubuck is brushed in one direction at an angle to avoid scratches and suspended soiling is extracted with a white cotton terry towel changing folding sides until the towel shows clean.
4- Acidifier-2.0 is sprayed, brushed, and erased followed by towel extraction changing folding sides until the towel shows clean.
5- Acidifier-2.0 is again sprayed and left to pH balance if tackiness persists until a squeaky feel with finger testing is a sign of healthy nubuck.
How to work with Nubuck Cleaner-4.5 and Nubuck Rinse-2.3 system?
1- Cleaner-4.5 is sprayed, brushed, erased, and towel extracted until new folding shows clean.
2- Rinse-2.3 is sprayed, brushed, and erased with towel extraction until new folding sides show clean.
How to work with Leather Hydrator-3.3 and Leather Fatliquor-5.0 system?
1- Hydrator-3.3 is sprayed, brushed, and erased into the nubuck structure to plump with moisture oozing out when gently pressed between thumb and fingers.
2- Hydrator-3.3 moisture saturation is towel extracted until folding changing new sides shows clean and is ready for Fatliquor-5.0 top-up conditioning.
3- Fatliquor-5.0 is sprayed over the damp nubuck and works to plump the nubuck again with saturation and left to naturally dry.
4- Fatliquor-5.0 each application is repeated to be left naturally dry until the last application is fully saturated.
5- With the last application almost dry staking, massaging, and flexing the nubuck to fully dry produce a softer nubuck.
How to work with Leather Protector-S?
Protector-S is sprayed and spread with brush or folding towel for an even appearance and let naturally dry, and is ready for use.
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