You can use a commercial cleaner designed for faux leather , but you certainly don’t have to. It’s easy to make your own cleaner . Simply, mix a few squirts of dish soap into some warm water.
Some of the newer faux leathers don’t peel. Instead their finish naturally wears and exposes a polyester microsuede or microfiber. These are better candidates for restoration. The fabric can be stained, gently sanded, and coated with a clear wax to create a more leather -like surface.
Faux Leather Care You can mix up some liquid dish detergent with warm water in a bucket and use a soft bristle brush to scrub your garment and then rinse with cold water. Hang drying is the most important step! Even though this material is not real leather , it can definitely crack and distort.
Combine a mild household detergent or liquid dish soap with warm water. Use about 2 tablespoons of detergent per gallon of water. Wipe the pleather down with a clean rag dampened with the detergent solution as needed to remove surface residue and dirt.
I have used Lysol wipes to clean the one in our family room – works well. Damp towel/rag with a bit of soap, then pat dry with another towel. I cleaned my leather recliner chair at my home. I have also used this method on my brown faux leather couch and cat seats without any damage.
Nail Polish. You can easily purchase an inexpensive clear nail polish and apply that over the peeled area. You should still remove any bits of faux leather and apply the nail polish. If you don’t use a marker or any other product, you may find that it looks much different in the peeled area.
To compensate, the synthetic face material is often thinner than what would normally be used with a cheaper (and stronger) woven cloth backing. Compressed leather backings do not breathe and they tend to delaminate “peel” from the vinyl. Sometimes this occurs after a very short period of time.
Durability – Faux leather is very durable and will last a long time. It can withstand scratches and scrapes that would mar genuine leather . It is not prone to crack or peel like leather .
While many faux leathers are attractive because they are easy to clean with harsh chemicals, the laminated surface often cracks after only a few years of use. Genuine leather, on the other hand, has been known to last for 10 to 20 years or longer.
Apply PVC moisturizer to any small areas on the faux leather that look dry and cracking. Faux leather is made from several synthetic materials, usually including a layer of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and a PVC moisturizer prevents damage from lack of moisture.
Distilled White Vinegar Despite the acid, it’s still safe to use on fake leather and removes a variety of stains, including oil-based stains from foods. The trick is to apply the vinegar to the stain and then blot it away.
Spritz a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water over the faux leather , allow it to sit for several minutes, then wipe it down again with a damp, soft cloth or sponge. If the material’s odor is especially strong, wipe it down with pure, undiluted vinegar and allow it to air dry.
Faux leather jackets, leggings, or skirts can be hand washed or machine washed . The key to success is using the correct water temperature, detergent, and gentle agitation.