As a practical and great use of various types of leathers, I am interested in their flammability characteristics. However, the flammability of leather itself has been a controversial topic in recent years.
In this article, we also discuss the flame retardancy of the leather.
Is leather flammable or not?
No, genuine leather or natural leather does not burn. This is non-flammable but little bit intensity of the fire. It will burn slightly, and the smell will be just like burnt hair. This will be the same for any other natural leather.
But fake leather or synthetic leather-like vegan leather, faux leather, polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride, and plastic-based is sold. Today’s will burn and will throw a black smoke that is very harmful to the environment. It is an air pollutant. Due to this reason, fake leather or synthetic leather is flammable and smell like burnt plastic.
Flame retardant effect on leather
When we select a product for our own and our family, to look out for attraction and pleasure. We can improve our protection entirely with the best product choices and steps. Leather is such a product that has natural flame retardant properties. We are highly benefited to it.
The importance of flame retardant in re tanning process in the leather industry :
Re- tanning method is well dignified as a touch of magic in leather technology. Re tanning is a vital process in making leather and plays an essential role in the mechanical elements of the leather. Today, the flame retardant is mainly used in the leather re tanning process.
The formation and dimension of the re- tanning agent influence the flame retardant of the leather. The synergistic effect of the re- tanning agent can increase the hydrothermal capacity of leather so that the flame retardant of the leather has exchanged.
Though their tanning agent can increase leather’s hydrothermal capacity of leather but decreases flame re tar dance from the leather, this is caused by the gas produced by the decomposition of re-tanning agents and collagen fibers, reducing the flame retardance of the leather.
The heat produced by gas released during the combustion method can accelerate the degradation of the re-tanning agent and collagen fiber.
The purpose of this method was to develop the flame retardance of the leather.