How would you describe fake leather? PU is made by coating a backing fabric such as cotton, polyester or shredded leather with a flexible polymer and then treating it to look more like animal hide. Polyurethane upholstery is the most realistic imitation of genuine leather, with respect to hand, surface feel, and overall appearance.
How do you test leather with water? If the water you placed on your leather beads up on the surface or rolls along the surface without absorbing in, that indicates you have a Non-Absorbent type leather. If the water immediately absorbs into the leather and even darkens the leather in the absorbed area, that indicates you have an Absorbent type leather.
Can you test leather with a lighter? Hold a flame up to the area for 5-10 seconds to test it out: Real leather will only char slightly, and smell a bit like burnt hair. Faux leather will actually catch flame, and smells like burning plastic.
Will real leather absorb water? Raw leather doesn’t actually mix well with water. The material possesses a certain level of natural water resistance, but when it gets soaked, the impact is quite destructive. Raw leather is permeable, so it absorbs moisture. As the material dries, it will stiffen and its luscious soft surface can be utterly ruined.