FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This is an important step to take before placing your order for a leather conditioner. It is common for upholstered furniture and automotive seats will have leather sitting areas but vinyl trim on the sides and other areas. This makes the job of identifying material a bit more difficult.
First, leather feels soft, warm, and more natural. Vinyl on the other hand, feels colder, stiffer and artificial. This may be easy for some to determine the difference, but others may have a difficult time in making the decision by touch. One sure fire way of determining leather versus vinyl is to look on the under side of the material. Just lift up a small section and look at the back side of the material. If you see a cloth like material that appears to be glued to the backside of the fabric, then you are looking at a piece of vinyl. Sometimes this backing will be of a white colored “fuzzy: nature. Leather has no backing material of any kind, only a “rough” or suede looking texture. (Usually of the same color as the leather’s surface.
If getting to the back side of the leather is unattainable, a scratch test and a water drop test will usually answer the question. If you can easily leave a scratch on the surface of the leather with your fingernail, you may have an oil tanned leather. If no scratch appears, it may be coated. For the water drop test, place a few droplets of water on the surface of the leather, after 30 seconds, wipe it away. Oil tanned leather will absorb the water or turn darker where the water was. Coated leather will roll the water off the surface and not soak in or turn darker. If you need further help, please call us at 1-800-467-5056.