Perforated leather: Is perforated leather real leather?

Is perforated leather real leather?

What is Perforated Leather?

Perforated leather is leather that has holes in the surface at regular intervals. There are many kinds of leather car seats. These can be categorized in terms of texture. They all come in perforated leather that is real leather.

There are many advantages to using perforated leather, and people consider that perforated leather seats are better than others because they have the following characteristics:

  • Perforated leather does not cause excessive sweating.
  • Have a luxurious and classic look
  • The ability to breathe
  • Able to absorb sound
  • Reduce the slippage
  • Can be resold at a good value
  • Control the temperature of the leather seat easily.

To meet the desired qualities of the automotive manufacturer (UV resistance, stain resistance, abrasion resistance, etc.), the leather of the car is provided with a protective and covering layer.

• Smooth (non-pigmented) leather is delicate for car interiors.

Types of perforated leather

  1. The Highland perforation
  2. Euro Perforation
  3. The Hampton Perforation

Leather perforation in the leather workshop

Many small machines perforate the leather in the workshop. Different types of punching tools are used to achieve different hole sizes and patterns.

Embossing with intentional perforations of the leather

Some leathers are embossed so heavily that the holes are made in the leather. In contrast to perforation, leather is not removed and punched out

What are the disadvantages of perforated leather?

  1. Surface coloration reduces leather breathability. That’s why the car seats are perforated in the areas of contact.
  2. The air permeability of the leather has increased. and sweating in the contact area is reduced due to perforation.

Cleaning and maintenance

Leather perforation is sensitive to moisture. So, the following process must be followed during care and cleaning

  • Apply all the products only sparingly, not soaking them too much or trying to fill the holes. Moisture can absorb, causing the edges to expand, or it can soak the cushioning foam behind and wet the leather with stain remnants.
  • Use leather cleaner foam on a brush or a cloth and clean the leather carefully. Remove all the residue of the foam and cleaner with a cloth that is slightly moist with water, then wipe the leather gently.
  • You must follow these rules to decrease any risk due to perforation and make your leather classic for a long time.

What are the do’s and don’ts of cleaning perforated leather seats?


  1. Vacuum your perforated seats completely before applying any cleaning products.
  2. Make certain that sand, dirt, and loose grime do not scratch or rub against your car seats.
  3. Start slowly, then increase the aggressiveness of cleaning if necessary.
  4. Spot-test the cleaner on your perforated leather in the small hidden area.
  5. Use the microfiber rags for all perforated leather seats’ cleaning because they won’t scratch your seat because they are soft.
  6. Leather products should be cleaned regularly. Must clean the perforated leather once a month and the condition time is 3 to 4 times a year.


  1. Do not apply any cleaner or spray directly on perforated leather.
  2. Do not use low quality products. You must use the best quality conditioner and cleaner.
  3. Do not over condition or over clean.
  4. Do not use conditioner with waxes or petroleum that dulls your leather car seats.
  5. Do not use hard tools. Use a soft sable toothbrush. I recommend a specially made leather cleaning brush for perforated leather seats.

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