About Silicone Leather
What is silicone leather?
Sileather™ silicone leather is a coated fabric, similar to PVC (vinyls) and polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics. However, that's where the similarities end and the differences begin. Silicone leather is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional coated fabrics, with a long list of benefits and advantages over these other types of fabrics. Sileather™ is produced with their very own silicone raw material that has been developed and refined for many years.
What exactly is silicone and what is the advantage?
Silicone is in the middle of being an organic material and an inorganic material, and is categorized as an elemental polymer material. Its molecular main chain is mainly composed of a -Si-O-inorganic basic unit, with its side chain connected through the silicon atoms and other organic groups. Therefore, silicone can have both the stability of an inorganic material with the elasticity and plasticity of organic materials.
The most prominent performance of silicone materials is the high health-safety advantage, as the material is widely used for baby pacifiers. Another performance characteristic is its extreme ability to endure a wide range of weather conditions. Silicone can be used as an outdoor window sealant for up to 30 years. Many skyscrapers around the world rely on silicone sealants for superior temperature resistance and strength. Performance is maintained within the -40° ~ 200° Centigrade temperature range in long-term use. Silicone also excels in performance as electrical insulation, stain resistance, flame resistance, etc.
Silicone basic characteristics: stain resistance, weather resistance, waterproof, durable, safe and nontoxic, chemical resistance, high and low temperature resistance, eco-friendly and sustainable.
Sileather™ uses all of these benefits and qualities of silicone in its silicone fabrics, so you know you are using a fabric that is safe for babies and elders, freezing temperatures to desert climates, and commercial settings to the inside of your home.
Our Silicone Leather is made with a proprietary 100% silicone recipe and construction. These fabrics have outstanding scratch resistance, UV resistance, chemical resistance, easy to clean properties, hydrolysis resistance, sagging resistance, and flame resistance, among other notable properties. It is through the unique silicone makeup that all of these characteristics are achieved inherently and without the use of any added chemicals.
Traditionally, vinyl fabrics were the standard for coated fabrics. The price can be incredibly low, and these fabrics can be made quickly. However, over time, they release off gasses into the air, become hard and brittle, and are made of plastic/oil. Polyurethane fabrics addressed some of these issues, but PU does not handle well in extreme weather conditions, humid/wet conditions, and has difficulty against many healthcare cleaners. PU can be strengthened, but this requires the use of extra treatments, chemicals, and other substances. Sileather uses less water and no solvents in production, has no off gasses, requires no flame retardants on the surface, handles extreme weather conditions, and can withstand hospital cleaners.
Organic Silicone Leather is a new kind of environmental protection leather, using the power of silicone. Silicone is combined with substrates such as ultra-fine fibers and non-woven fabrics, processed and prepared, and is then suitable for a variety of industrial applications. Our Silicone Leather is made of organic silicone coated and bonded to various substrates utilizing a solvent free technology.
Differences between our Silicone Leather, and PU, PVC and genuine leather:
- Real leather: It can be burnt without the release harmful gases, but a large number of aniline dyes, chromium salts and other chemical reagents are used in the process of genuine leather processing. During the combustion process, there will be harmful irritant gases such as nitrogen release compounds (nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide), sulfur dioxide and so on, Real leather is easy to crack while Sileather will always remain soft and supple.
- PU faux leather: Burning PU fabrics will produce hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, nitrogen compounds (nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, etc.) as well as other harmful and irritating plastic gases.
- PVC faux leather: The combustion and production processes will produce dioxins and hydrogen chloride. Dioxins and hydrogen chloride are highly toxic substances that can cause cancer and other conditions and produce a pungent plastic smell (main odor comes from solvent, finishing agent, fatliquoring agent, plasticizer and mildew prevention agent, etc.).
- Silicone leather: No harmful gas release, clean burning process and no odors.