Light & Heat
Light & Heat
Leather contains a large variety of chemical compounds, added depending on the end users requirements for the leather. The source of these chemicals can be phenolic or nitrogen-based products, or synthetic and natural oils, amongst others. Because of the chemical composition of these products, many of them are subject to yellowing due to exposure to heat, light or long time storage. Depending on the end users' requirements, specific products are to be chosen in order to meet their demands.
On processed leathers it is sometimes observed that, over time, an undesired, white, milky film appears on top of the leather. This white layer often gives rise to debates on its origin and causes and, in some cases, leads to a claim for damages. This phenomenon is called ‘fatty spew’. The possible sources of fatty spew may be of diverse nature, they are similar in one respect. They always originate from high melting point substances.
Smit & zoon's share of a synopsis on the topic ‘Free formaldehyde’. Learning about the origin of the chemical, producing formaldehyde free leathers, releasable formaldehyde, testing leather chemicals (ISO 27587) and leather (ISO 17226-1 or VDA 275) on free formaldehyde, etc...