Buffalo Leather is used mainly for production of furniture, bags and accessories but it has also been used extensively by BMW for leather seats. Buffalo leather is porous. So, when you rub a drop of water on the surface, it penetrates and darkens the leather.

As with any type of leather, it has its pros and cons. The main advantage is they have a nice structure and are soft and warm to touch. Due to its structure, buffalo leather is robust and durable. However, the main downside to it is they are extremely sensitive. It is porous and absorbent. Buffalo leather becomes shiny and greasy over time, the colour fades and it can also stain easily.

As it is porous, we recommend protecting it with Geist. Suede & Nubuck Protector Spray or Geist. Aniline Cream which makes the surface water repellent and also protects against spillages. If the leather is brand new, we recommend carrying out the above treatment at least once every 3-6 months depending on use.

Due to the porous nature of the leather, stains cannot be simply wiped off. Most stains are not on the surface and have actually penetrated the leather. Crusty stains and stains that are on the surface can however be treated using Geist. Leather Sanding Pads or Geist. Nubuck Eraser. It is best to clean the leather with the Geist. Surface Prep. Fresh grease or oil stains can be removed with our Geist. Grease Absorber Spray. Please refer to our article for removing grease and body oil stains from leather. 

We recommend applying our care and protection treatments only after cleaning. Buffalo leather is a delicate leather and develops patina and character with time. It is important to note that this is completely natural and to be expected with this type of leather. With the recommended products, however, you have the best possible way to look after such leathers.

Buffalo leather by BMW, dark brown, sun-bleached

Typical older furniture buffalo leather, greasy after use

Buffalo leather is sensitive against stains