How to distinguish the skin from leatherette

In our wardrobe there are many things made of leather or imitation leather. This is the most reliable and durable material that is best suited for shoes, bags, outerwear and accessories. But, of course, skin and leatherette have significant differences. The skin is much more noble, more expensive, more quality than its artificial counterparts. Well, if the seller of the product honestly says what material is made of the thing, then you can make predictions as to how long it will last, if the declared price of its real value corresponds, you can choose the right care to extend the service life.

But very often imitation leather tries to give out for a natural skin, referring to the material as pressed leather, they say that the product is made of a combined material. This, firstly, is unpleasant, since such a sale is a fraud of clean water, and secondly, it prevents the normal use of the thing. For example, a bag of leatherette in a severe frost can simply crumble, crack and become unusable when the

skin perfectly withstands the test by cold. When choosing a product, we have the right to know what material it was made from in order to protect its rights and money. It is better to rely only on yourself, in order to be completely sure that a thing is bought from genuine leather, the seller's assurances, alas, often turn out to be untrue.

There are several ways in which you can determine the skin or leatherette. Armed with them, going for new things and after that you do not have to get upset.

How to distinguish the skin from leatherette?

Today it is really difficult to distinguish natural leather from leatherette. Technologists do not stand still and come up with more and more new artificial materials that almost completely mimic natural ones. Already learned to even simulate the smell of real leather, when producing leatherette, leather crumb is added to it and the finished product has a characteristic smell. This is not shunned and eminent brands, so the real skin of a good make "catch" becomes more difficult.


Even a hanging leather tag is not always a guarantee that a thing is really made of the same material. Although the rules of such tags can hang only on leather things, and products from leatherette are marked with a diamond-shaped tag.


Carefully study the seams. If necessary, look deep inside - on the shoes, look for seams in the boot, in the shoe, on the bag - at the inner seams, in clothes - in the sleeve, armhole, on the cuff.

On the seam cut you will see what layers the material consists of. The natural skin is not divided into layers, it does not leave the lining or the top layer. Also, it can be unevenly colored, that is, the top layer is covered and impregnated with paint, and inside there are not colored areas.

At leatherette, even the most qualitative, if desired, you can separate the lining. At a natural skin wrong side, as suede or nubuck. A leatherette can often see a similar lining imitating natural, but it is usually too "dressed", homogeneous and velvety. If you saw a lining of textiles, sticking out strings, a mesh, then this is exactly a leatherette.

Water testing

Skin from leatherette can be distinguished with plain water. Since the skin is still a natural material, it absorbs water. Even glossy, dyed skin will absorb it. Drip on the product with water, if you have a genuine leather product in front of you, then there will be at least some trace left on it. Most often you will see a dark speck that will soon dry out. On the skin of good dressing, the stains from the water disappear without leaving a mark, do not leave any stains.

With leatherette water will roll down like glass, no matter how hard you work, you will not be able to wet it. Even if the product is completely immersed in water, only its textile lining gets wet, it may get water between the lining and the layer of "skin".But from this thing will not become softer, more plastic, not deformed.

It should be noted that wet leather products can not be dried on a battery or with an iron. At first, the skin will stretch, but then "sit down" several times. A crumpled or small piece of leather can be ironed with a warm( not hot!) Iron without steam through the fabric to remove the creases or slightly stretch. By the way, to remove the creases on leatherette with the help of an iron is unlikely to work.

Using fire

As you know, the skin does not burn and does not melt. If possible, cut a small piece of material from an inconspicuous place and set it on fire. Leatherette will begin to melt like plastic, the skin can only deform and shrivel.

To the touch

Keep the product in hand, long enough. The skin will heat up, become the same temperature as your hands. If the product is not too rough, then you will feel that the material has become a little softer. The imitation leather will remain cold, and if the hands sweat, then it will not absorb moisture.

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