Learning About The Different Types Of Leather

Leather can be of different types and is used in multiple products that we use & enjoy. These include clothing, furniture, accessories, footwear, and the like. The primary difference between the different types of leather is the treatment & manufacturing process. 

Therefore, in this extensive guide, we’ll be going in-depth about the varying leather types, so that you can have a better idea regarding the same. 

The Varying Leather Types To Learn About

1. Full Grain Leather

According to a professional leather upholstery cleaner, the main defining feature of full grain leather is the overall natural appearance. The leather will not be finished to cover any imperfections, thereby offering an organic feel & look. 

Most of the time you’ll see full-grain leather to be utilized as upholstery on furniture. This type of leather is very durable and resistant to scratches, while also improving its appearance with wear & age. 

Full-grain leather also has a very distinctive smell that most people will easily be able to recognize. Moreover, it will be treated to be stain-resistant. Comparatively, full-grain leather is the most expensive of all leather types. 

2. Top Grain Leather

Sometimes, when the surface of a full-grain leather will be smoothed due to the process of sanding and correcting all the natural imperfections on the surface, the result is known as top grain leather. 

Since top grain leather is formed by sanding full-grain leather, a finishing coating will also be applied to the sanded surface. 

3. Split Grain Leather

In case an animal hide turns out to be very thick, it might not be the most practical for manufacturing purposes. In such scenarios, split-grain leather is created. 

In this process, the animal hide is separated/split into two pieces from the middle, meaning that two sides of the hide will be separated from each other. As a result, the leather will have a greater surface area to work with, but increasing the stress on the animal hide. That’s why split-grain leather is often treated with various chemicals so that it can restore its original durability & strength.  

It should be known that since split-grain leather is thinner & fragile, it will be less expensive than full-grain or even top grain leather. 

4. Suede Leather

Suede leather is formed when the animal hide is not separated by splitting from the middle (like in split-grain leather) and the buffing process is applied to both sides of the hide simultaneously. It has a fuzzy & soft surface, which is why it’s used for clothing & shoes. 

Furthermore, since suede leather originates from split-grain leather, it’s more affordable than top-grain or full-grain leather. However, it’s not resistant to stains, spills, and liquids.

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