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The difference between PU leather and PVC leather

Published : 2016-11-23 11:06:46

First of all, PU leather and PVC leather should be defined. Both PU leather and PVC leather are kind of faux leather or imitation leather. These material look and feel like genuine leather. These materials range from flexible fabric to plastic, sometimes even paper. They are coated, embossed or printed to simulate the appearance and hand feeling of real leather. Artificial leather and synthetic leather are also two of several names commonly used to describe faux leather or imitation leather.
There is a huge difference in chemical and physical property between genuine leather and faux leather, so did the price. However there is one thing needs to figure out is it does not mean one is better than the other. Here we list two types of faux leather, PU leather and PVC leather, that may have caused some confusion in the past:

What is PU Leather?


PU leather, also known as split leather, is made by covering a backing fabric such as cotton, polyester or spunlace with a layer of polyurethane which is called "base".
The surface of PU leather can be treated to look and feel like dermic leather. With the addition of the cheaper price than genuine leather which makes it the most common faux leather recent 10 years.
Although PU leather has microfiber pores, which allows it to “breath” like real leather, the hand feeling still be a little different from genuine leather. However it's easy to clean and maintain like most plastic materials.
If you are budget-conscious, PU leather is a nice substitute for the genuine leather. PU leather may not last as long as genuine leather, but it is more than a half cost of real leather products.
In some regions, people consider PU leather as genuine leather when a stratified layer of animal hide is used as backing. Actually PU leather just copy the appearance of animal hide and the illusion of it appears like real leather made some of customer can not accept it in psychological.
Therefore, PU leather is a kind of chemical products which is firendly to animals being hunted. To use PU leather products is also a kind of way to rescue extinct animals.

What is PVC Leather ?


PVC leather is also a type of faux leather that is made by covering resins or synthetic material with vinyl, made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers.
PVC has no hair-follicles (pores) unlike PU leather which makes it virtually waterproof and high temperature resistance, but may become unbreathable in hot temperatures.
PVC leather is a different form of plastic, which can not be degraded easily. Due to its plastic character, PVC leather would be a little bit tough in low temperature and do not bally flex. So it is absolutely wrong to compare it with genuine leather. However PVC leather may crack with extended use in many areas such as outdoor goods because of the application of plasticizers.
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