The dining table chairs came with ‘fake leather’, which is actually quite common. Fake leather comes in one of two flavours: PU leather (polyurethane leather) and vinyl bonded leather. Vinyl bonded leather has leather fibers glued to the back of the vinyl to allow vendors to legally claim ‘10% genuine leather’. If you inspect the back of the material it looks and feels like genuine leather but it is not. PU leather is 100% synthetic as is the vinyl of the vinyl bonded leather. In our case the vinyl started peeling of in flakes after 3 years of use.
As we are having guests over shortly I decided to do something about it. I purchased a 1.5 meter by 12 meter long roll of upholstery fabric, a staple gun and fabric scissors.
Removing slightly corroded staples in a chair is no fun. Here is the result of my handiwork: