What Is Nubuck?
Nubuck is a top grain cattle leather that’s been sanded on the grain side to produce a velvet feel and touch to the material. The sanding process gives a short nap to the short protein fibres.
Nubuck Leather Hides
Nubuck is sanded on the top side whereas Suede is sanded on the inner side of the leather hide.
Nubuck is prone to colour stability from UV fading due to the sanded surface. Nubuck can be waterproofed to give it better stain resistant properties, it’s very breathable as well and used a great deal in the footwear industry due to its strengths and breathability.
Nubuck Skin Showing UV Fading Issues.
Nubuck is like Suede but is from the top grain rather than the split areas where Suede is mainly from.
Nubuck has to be dyed heavily to cover up the sanding marks and to give it some colour.
Nubuck scratches easily and when water is dropped on it this will darken the areas but will dry back out again naturally. Juice, drink and alcohol will stain the Nubuck and will not dry out so they disappear and a stain will be left on the Nubuck.
Nubuck is used a great deal for walking boots, as it’s a very breathable product. When protected it offers outstanding waterproof protection and keeps the feet extremely warm in cold conditions.
Nubuck Walking Boots provide comfort and warmth for hiking.
Below are close up pictures showing you how Nubuck and Suede look when side by side.
Suede Close Up Nubuck Close Up
Cleaning and care with both Nubuck and Suede are very similar, when cleaning always clean seam to seam ensuring the full item is covered in the natural water based cleaning solution. Rubbers and erasers along with a Nubuck and Suede brush can be used.
Areas that are affected with heavy grease stains like around cuffs of jackets can be sanded with a Nubuck or Suede sanding block to allow the cleaning solutions to get deep into the nap pile to lift out dirt and grime.
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