The Truth About The Molded Skin
Recent years, often in markets and shops sell shoes, handbags and other leather goods offer products from the pressed leather, assuring them that this is also leather. The buyer happy and satisfied – he bought a cheap seems to be a leather thing! Was recently in the Moscow market “” – just some sort of dominance of the goods from the pressed leather. So I decided with the help of the Internet to understand – what is the pressed leather? It turned out – pressed leather, for Essentially, the skin is not. This is the real leather. Just one of the components used in the manufacture of so-called pressure-treated skin, contains part of the leather waste.
This minor cuts, scraps, shavings, even leather dust and other variety of waste (in the case goes all) remaining after production or cutting the skin, and do not necessarily natural, perhaps it will waste itself pressed leather. The second component (here it is major) – a variety of synthetic binder fibers: polyester, polyamide, polyethylene, etc. All of this cut, mixed, heated and pressed. When heated, melted fibers, impregnating and gluing material. There is a third component (for an additional hardening) – this is very harmful synthetic thermoplastic resin. Resins are also melt and permeate the entire fiber structure. A rather cheap material with low air and moisture permeability, but its production waste-free. 100% of this is very harmful production (in production when heated produces hazardous to the health of phenol-formaldehyde gases) are concentrated in China.
Almost all Chinese leather items are made of molded leather. Maybe this is acceptable for handbags, purses and belts, but shoes made of a skin (and not necessarily cut in China) is very harmful – the legs will sweating and tired, maybe even kidney and skin diseases legs. These shoes will last long and quickly lose shape. How to distinguish genuine leather from molded skin? All products are molded skin the characteristic chemical smell. To check you can drop on the skin with water. If it has absorbed water and darkened, it is leather, if not – it’s leather or pressed leather. Natural skin does not change its characteristics, if you bring it to a match – it does not glow, and leather will start to melt. There is another simple property of the leather used in the test – if you hold the leather in his hands, then you will feel that leather was warm, and leather or pressed leather will remain cold. 24.04.2010