Which is more wear-resistant, artificial leather or synthetic leather? Artificial leather and synthetic leather are different mainly because they use different materials, with synthetic leather being more wear-resistant than synthetic leather. Synthetic leather refers to PU (polyurethane) synthetic leather, which is a thermoplastic polymer that can produce different characteristics by adjusting the raw materials and process. Non woven and textile fabrics can be used as substrates to produce high-quality products through multiple treatments. The physical properties and structure are similar to natural leather, and have good characteristics such as durability, good texture, and good breathability. Therefore, its application range is quite wide, and can be applied in the shoe industry, leather bag industry, furniture industry, and sports equipment industry.
Artificial leather refers to PVC (polyvinyl chloride) artificial leather, which is made from various fabrics as the substrate, combined with a PVC foam layer, and then processed on the surface. It has a soft feel, similar to the patterns on the surface of genuine leather and different surface tactile sensations, is durable and easy to process, making it a cost-effective product. Artificial leather is the earliest invented substitute for leather fabrics, which is made by rolling and compounding PVC with plasticizers and other additives on cloth. Its advantages are cheap price, rich colors, and diverse patterns, while its disadvantages are easy to harden and brittle, and poor wear resistance.
Synthetic leather: In terms of chemical structure, it is closer to leather fabric. It does not require plasticizers to achieve soft properties, so it will not become hard or brittle, and can achieve high toughness and wear resistance. At the same time, it has the advantages of rich colors and diverse patterns. Moreover, PU synthetic leather has superior properties that other synthetic materials do not have, as it can replace natural leather surfaces such as cowhide, pigskin, and sheepskin.