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10 Facts About Leather

Leather is one of the most popular materials when it comes to fashion because it is durable and versatile. For thousands of years, the leather industry has existed and continued to satisfy its users. When you take a look at your closet, you might see one or even numerous pieces of leather items. Your love for leather might have grown and might still be growing as time passes by. But there is a question you might have not been asked yet – how well do you know your leather? Learn some facts about this material so you can get to know more about your treasured pieces.

  1. Leather has four major types

These types are full-grain leather, top-grain leather, genuine leather, and bonded leather. Among these four, full-grain leather is the highest quality as it is made from the full thickness of the animal’s skin and very durable and reliable. Next to it is the top-grain leather which is thinner and softer and is commonly used for wallets, handbags and shoes. Genuine leather is made from thinner strips of skin and is used to make belts while bonded leather has the lowest quality and is made from leather scraps.

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  1. Old leather restoration is possible

Leather is very popular because it is long-lasting. Your old leather can still look its best through restoration. To do it, you can apply a high-quality leather dressing and let it absorb for 12 to 24 hours. Doctor Leather, a leather repair company in the Philippines, has an expertise in restoration service. The specialists can magically restore any leather item and you can use it as if you just bought a brand new one.

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  1. An average consumer uses at least four leather products at a time

Come to think of it, most of the accessories that a person uses is made of leather. It might be a jacket, belt, a watch strap, wallet, bag, or a pair of shoes. This material is considered the single most used product in the world.

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  1. Each year, more than $53.8 billion USD is generated in the leather industry

Could you imagine how large this amount is? It’s definitely a surprising fact. Sales in leather items are a lot greater than the sales of rubber, cotton, coffee, tea, rice and sugar combined. Almost 60% of $53.8 billion USD is from the sale of leather footwear. That is enough proof of leather’s popularity around the world.

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  1. Cowhide is the most commonly used for leather production

Cowhide is the natural skin and hair of a cow. Because it is easy to use, it is the most common for leather production particularly the leather jackets, wallets, and shoes. It is usually one of the cheapest because its production is simple and inexpensive. It weighs between 1 and 12 ounces which makes it the thickest skin.

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  1. Low quality leather tend to crack and peel

After a while of using leather of inferior quality, it can crack and peel which may disappoint a consumer. This really happens when you are using the wrong products to clean and maintain the leather. It gets dry and eventually cracks, which leads an item to be neglected. This damage can be repaired by Doctor Leather and the result can really be amazing. It is best to use the right products to maintain the leather’s beauty like a Disinfectant spray to always make an item free of germs and bacteria. 

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  1. Leather itself can actually last for a hundred years

Before leather disintegrates, it can last for 100 years. However, if you are expecting a good quality bag made from full-grain leather that is properly oiled and stored, it can last up to 30 years. Being long-lasting is one of the best qualities of leather but of course, you must properly take care of it. With the right care, you can enjoy a lifetime of using it.

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  1. White leather is the most difficult to create

Despite the white leather’s sense of luxury and quality, producing it is challenging because its dye is prone to cracks. This is why the white leather items are more expensive than the colored ones. When a white pigment is used, it affects the surface texture of an item. For this reason, only high-quality hides are used to create white leather. 

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  1. Leather can also be made from the skin of an alligator, deer, or ostrich

Not only do cows and goats are used to produce leather but also the exotic animals like alligator, deer, and ostrich. Even so, Thailand has produced one of the most durable leather in the world and it is made from stingrays, a fish with pancake-like bodies.

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  1. Leather’s popularity has begun since 3000 BC

Way back 3000 BC, the Romans used leather sails on their boats. They also used this for furniture, tents, and weapons. After 1000 years, it was used for fashion when Egyptian women started wearing it. 

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Now that you know some facts about leather, you can protect and maintain your adored leather items using the best products and services they need. With a variety of services offered by Doctor Leather, from Cleaning to Parts Replacement, Restoration, Repair and more, you can always have the best looking items. Just visit any branch near you and bring your leather that needs our expert care.