What’s PU Leather? Genuine Leather Vs. PU Leather

- May 08, 2019-

We’ve told you about the differences between bonded leather and genuine leather, so you already know to be on the lookout for “leather” products that are not going to stand the test of time. But, when searching for quality leather furniture, you also need to watch out for what’s called bicast leather, split leather or PU leather. Some stores will even try to call it just leather, but it is definitely not. If you find you’ve accidentally purchased this inferior product to save a few bucks, you’ll likely be spending more to replace it very soon.

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What is PU Leather?
PU leather is an artificial leather material made with split leather (that’s the fibrous part of the hide left over from making genuine leather) which has been coated with polyurethane (hence the name “PU”), and then applied to the surface of the furniture.
At first, it might be difficult to tell the difference between PU leather and genuine leather, after a few years you’re sure to notice which is the inferior product. When you’re at Leather Expressions, you’re guaranteed to get genuine leather and furniture that will last for many, many years, but even when you’re buying belts or bags or shoes you’ll want to know how to avoid PU leather. Next time you’re in the store and wondering what’s PU leather, here are a few ways to tell genuine leather from its chemically-treated substitute.