Dos and don’ts of washing faux leather
Step by step guide to washing faux leather
Check the care label
Before washing your faux leather item, check the care label to see if it can be washed. Some faux leather products may require dry cleaning or spot cleaning only.
Test a small area
Test a small, inconspicuous area of the faux leather with a small amount of water to ensure that it does not discolor or warp.
Wash with a mild detergent
If the item can be washed, use a mild detergent and cool water. Gently scrub the surface of the faux leather with a soft cloth or sponge. Do not use hot water or harsh cleaning agents as this can cause the faux leather to peel, crack, or warp.
Rinse and dry
Rinse the item thoroughly with cool water to remove any soap residue. Do not wring out the item, as this can damage the fabric. Instead, gently press out any excess water and hang or lay flat to dry. Do not use a dryer or iron, as high heat can damage the faux leather.
Condition the faux leather (optional)
Once the item is dry, you can use a leather conditioner specifically designed for faux leather to keep it looking its best. Apply the conditioner with a soft cloth and rub gently into the surface of the faux leather. Allow the conditioner to soak in for a few minutes before wiping away any excess with a clean cloth.
FAQs washing faux leather
Can I wash all types of faux leather using the same method?
No, different types of faux leather may require different washing methods. It is important to check the care label and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Some faux leather products may require dry cleaning or spot cleaning only, while others can be hand washed or machine washed using a mild detergent and cool water.
Can I use a fabric softener when washing faux leather?
No, it is not recommended to use fabric softeners when washing faux leather. Fabric softeners can discolor or damage the faux leather, and they may also cause the material to lose its shape and texture. Instead, use a mild detergent and cool water to clean the faux leather.
How do I prevent the faux leather from cracking or peeling after washing?
To prevent cracking or peeling of the faux leather after washing, avoid using hot water or high heat settings on your dryer. You should also avoid using harsh cleaning agents or scrubbing the faux leather vigorously. After washing, gently press out any excess water and hang or lay flat to dry. If the faux leather appears dry or dull after washing, you can use a leather conditioner specifically designed for faux leather to keep it soft and supple.