PU leather is simply artificial leather.It was created to look and feel like leather but without having to use real animal skin. Usually, these leathers have a glossy surface and an antique look.
The microfiber leather is the abbreviation of microfiber PU (polyurethane) synthetic (faux) leather. Microfiber leather fabric is one type of synthetic leather, this material is microfiber non-woven fabric coating with a layer of high performance PU (polyurethane) resins.
What is the difference between PU leather and real leather?
PU leather products are usually at the lower end of the price spectrum.This is because PU leather is easily manufactured compared to genuine leather. While PU leather looks genuine enough at times on the surface, careful examination of the back side can make you see how the “leather” part is just glued on.
Genuine leather may not be 100% smooth because animal skin has natural grains and imperfections. PU leather, on the other hand, are smooth to the touch because they are manufactured that way.
4 Ways to Spot PU Leather
A: It smells like plastic or chemicals. If it’s a product fresh out of the package, you’ll be able to smell the adhesive right away. This smell eventually goes away but there is no mistaking that overpowering scent of polyurethane
B: It wears over time. You know how genuine leather gets better over time? It feels softer and looks more comfortable? That’s not the case with PU leather. It will wear, crack and expose the fabric beneath it very quickly, depending on usage.
C:PU does not absorb water, but leather does. Splash a few drops of water on it and it should be obvious.
D: It looks fake. You can check the leather for pores as natural and genuine leather come from real animals so the pores will be present compared to PU leather.
Microfiber leather or PU leather?
1. The price difference. The general price range of ordinary PU in the market is lower than microfiber leather.
2. The performance of the surface layer is different. Although the surface layers of both microfiber and the ordinary PU are polyurethane resins, but the polyurethane resin of microfiber leather has stronger abrasion resistance, acid and alkali resistance, hydrolysis resistance than the ordinary PU, also the color fastness and texture are better than ordinary PU.
3. Different performance. Microfiber leather is much better than ordinary PU in terms of abarasion resistance, moisture absorption, comfort and other performance indicators etc.