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A brief differentiation between real and bonded leather

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Top 6 Differences Between Real vs. Bonded vs. Faux Leather


First thing first, for sure you’ve come across the word “bonded leather”. What actually is bonded leather? Let me take you on a brief tour. Bonded leather is not the real leather at all rather, a leather is said to be a bonded leather when it undergoes certain processes of development that include the incorporation of remnants and leftover pieces of the real leather to make a fine pulpy paste that eventually takes the shape of a leather. Now the question arises here is that if it has been manufactured by bits and bobs of real leather, why has it been categorized as a bonded or artificial leather? Now let’s assume, when you add salt in water, can you call it pure water? Of course not. Same is the case is with a bonded leather. It has been given its final appearance by being treated with a lot of chemicals like polyurethane or latex that aid in carrying out the alteration in the texture, smell and quality of the final product. Fortunately, there are certain ways by which you can easily identify whether the leather is real or bonded. Let’s review them one by one.


Must read the tag:


It is very important to read the label before you buy anything especially a clothing item lest you buy anything worse. You will notice, companies who manufacture jackets using real leather, will proudly announce that they’ve used 100% real leather or full-grain leather or top-grain leather or sometimes genuine leather. Most of the times reading the label is enough for one to understand the product. However, other times you may need to consider some other attributes as well. In contrast, a bonded leather product’s tag not necessarily has these phrases written until the manufacturer is a con.


Examine carefully:


Looking at the surface of leather makes you realize a number of things. Firstly, real leather has some scars and blemishes on its surface in lieu of the fact that it has been extracted from the inner layer of the animals’ hides. Real leather is comprised of an intact layer without being buffed or polished so it is quite obvious to see spots on it. On the other hand, bonded leather has a smooth and sleek surface without any blemishes or marks as it has been manufactured by various chemical procedures. Anyone who holds a good perception of the quality of the product can easily identify the product being fake or authentic.


Have comprehensive tactile scrutiny:


Just by rubbing your hands over a leather surface, you get to know a lot of things. Real leather has an uneven surface as it has been derived from animal hides and extracted from beneath the layers. It gives wrinkles when you stretch it a bit and tug it. The aforementioned phenomenon can only be seen in top-grain leather, full-grain leather and to some extent in genuine leather. On the contrary, a bonded leather has a smooth-running surface with a buttery tactile. Also, it won’t break out in wrinkles if you stretch it.


Examine the aroma:


Real leather is an organic product and holds a distinctive leather-like smell that can easily be recognized when one smells it. The aroma of real leather is fairly exclusive for itself and could not be compared or equated with any other smell. You cannot comprehend the smell of a bonded leather but luckily you can identify whether it is natural and organic or synthetic.


All and all, if you want to grab a real leather the piece without getting cuckolded, you have to consider these points before opting for one.