How Do I Tell If I Have Leather Or Vinyl?
This is an important step to take before placing your order for a repair kit. Please keep in mind, that a majority of upholstered furniture and automotive seats will have leather seating areas, but will also have vinyl trim on the sides or in other areas. This makes the job of identifying your material a bit more difficult.
First; leather feels softer, warmer, more natural. Vinyl, on the other hand, feels colder, stiffer, and artificial. This may be easy for some to determine the difference, but others may have a very difficult time in making the decision in this manner.
One sure fire way of determining which you have is to look on the under side of the material. This can be done easily if you have a cut or hole all the way through the material.
Just lift up a small section and look at the back side of the material. If you see a cloth like material that appears to be glued to the backside of the fabric, then you are looking at a piece of vinyl. Sometime this backing will be of a white colored “fuzzy” nature.
Leather has no backing material of any kind, only “rough” or suede looking (usually of the same color as the surface).