Real leather burns

What is leather and what is leather used for?


As leather is generally used Animal skin which is made durable by tanning. During the tanning process, the tanning agents form a chemical bond with the animal hide in order to protect it from putrefaction through oxidation. Types of leather differ depending on the type of animal from which the leather comes and have different colors and surfaces.

Leather is used for shoes, clothing, bags, vehicle equipment and furniture. Of course there are also beautiful ones Beds with leather as reference material. The leather living area is also in vogue. Cowhide is mostly used for upholstery leather and comes from animals bred for meat. That is why upholstery leather is cheap.

What types of leather are there?

A distinction is made between the following types of leather:

  • Aniline leather or open-pored smooth leather are, as the name suggests, very open-pored and sensitive, because no layer of color has been applied and the hair pores are clearly visible.
  • Semi-aniline leather have only a light layer of color so that the naturalness of the leather is not destroyed and the hair pores are still clearly visible.
  • Covered or pigmented leather has a water-repellent paint and protective layer on the surface so that the hair pores can no longer be seen.
  • Suede (also known as suede or suede) is also an open-pore leather but has a sanded surface that feels velvety.
  • PU leather has a surface coating with polyurethane and is mostly glossy.
  • leatherette tries to imitate the look of real leather, but does not meet the criteria to be labeled as real leather.

Real leather or synthetic leather test - how do you recognize real leather?

Nowadays it is not always possible to tell with the naked eye whether it is real leather or artificial leather, because there are now optically very good imitations that do not have all the good properties of real leather. There are a few points that can serve as a sign of real leather:

  • The back Artificial leather is usually provided with a textile layer, while real leather just has a fibrous downside.
  • Artificial leather starts at a certain point temperature to melt and burns very well, while real leather only hardens and glows under heat. In addition, heated artificial leather stretches better.
  • It must be clear to the customer whether the material at hand is real leather or synthetic leather. If not sufficient Labelling is available, the product can be claimed.

How can you clean real leather?

To properly care for leather, it is important to know what type of leather it is. Smooth leather can go with distilled water and for example Saddler's soap getting cleaned. You should never scrub or scrub the leather, but rather wipe it carefully with circular movements. Suede leather can also be cleaned with distilled water, but you should only dab lightly here. A wipe is best soft cotton rag. Only when the leather is completely dry can it be treated with leather care products.

Water stains on leather are also annoying and here some home remedies have proven themselves quite well. It is important that the leather is completely dry first. Then you take an in Cloth soaked in vinegar water and carefully dab the water stains. Lemon juice, milk or onions are also suitable. This can also be used for water stains on the suede bag. After cleaning and when dry, the leather can be cleaned with a Impregnation spray be sealed.