What is Perforated Leather?
Perforated leather is a process of putting small holes in leather, they are punched out and made into various patterns in the process.
Mostly pigmentation leathers are used for perforation, pigmented leathers have a surface colour applied to them, this does reduce the breathability of the leather, but with the perforation holes punched into the leather hide increases the breathable surface considerably.
With sitting in vehicles for prolonged periods of time, sweat can cause issues with the leather, this is greatly reduced when the seats are perforated.
Mercedes have a well known leather called basket weave, this is an embossed leather along with perforation holes punched into the leather.
Mercedes Basket Weave
Most car brands have perforated seats as an option when buying new.
Lambs leather driving gloves are also perforated this is to help with sweating to avoid damaging the gloves with gripping steering wheels tightly.
Lambs Leather Perforated Driving Gloves
Perforated leather is a great deal more delicate than a full pigmented leather seat, due to the perforation causing the leather to be weaker, care has to be taken when cleaning and protecting, over scrubbing with dedicated leather cleaning brushes can cause the punched holes to stretch and tear, likewise when applying protection creams never apply a dob directly to the perforation as this can clog up the punched holes making it look horrible. It’s best to apply the product to a cloth and rub into the cloth first before application.
Restoration also presents a problem when handling repairs and restoration. To restore leather correctly the surface coating has to be removed, the surface coating is the pigmented finish as well as the top coat finish, this can be a very delicate process on perforated leathers. Great care has to be taken when dealing with this not to tear or distort the perforation, training courses are available to undertake this correctly.
These pictures show some examples of different perforated leathers that can be purchased today from different leather traders.
Oval Perforated Leather
Large Hole Perforated Leather
Irregular Perforated Leather
Diamond Shape Perforated Leather
Embossed Perforation Leather
Line Pattern Perforated Leather
Square Punched Perforated Leather