Faux leather is a more cost-effective way of adding a little extra extravagance to your life. Not only is it cheaper than the real thing, but it’s also friendlier to the environment. And like real leather, it can be used for a number of products, such as clothing, shoes, boots, and even upholstery for your furniture.
Faux leather is known by several different names, including vinyl, vegan leather (since it doesn't use animal products), pleather, synthetic leather and so on. Whatever name you’re using, faux leather is usually made from polyurethane (PU) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), although these days, there are several eco-friendly alternatives including recycled plastic.
Whatever material your faux leather is made from, it’s quite durable and can last for several years as long as you take the time to maintain it. Faux leather is usually non-porous, which means that oils and other materials will sit on the surface rather than get into the fabric; however, over time, the staining substance can eventually eat away at your faux leather, so you want to make sure to keep it clean to help its durability.
How to Make Your Faux Leather Last
Here are five ways to maintain your faux leather:
- For mild stains, you may want to start with a simple water and cloth method. Wet a clean microfiber cloth with cool or warm water and gently scrub the stain. Make sure you don’t use hot water on faux leather, as this can damage it. Alternatively, try a gentle, purpose-made, applying it directly to the surface with a clean cloth. Spray some water on it or use a second cloth to wipe away the stain.
- When you are walking out and about with your synthetic leather shoes or boots, it is important to apply the appropriate protection to fight off water damage or dirt clinging to the surface. For example, Collonil’s Carbon Protecting Spray offers a transparent, breathable, and durable shield on the surface of your shoes to protect them from environmental dangers.
- Feel that your faux leather shoes are becoming a bit dull in their appearance? There is a simple solution to nourish them back to perfect health. All you need to do is apply a small coat of shoe cleaning cream to the area and gently clean with a polishing cloth. Leave to dry for a few minutes, and then return with the polishing cloth to give it a final buff.
- If you don’t want to use a washing machine for your faux leather clothes, fill a sink with cool water and add some natural laundry detergent. Next, turn your clothes inside out, and add them to the water, swishing them around with your hands. Once you’re done, rinse it out with cool water, then lay flat or hang to air dry.