Despite the fact that millions around the world prefer real leather to faux leather, there are still many who opt for faux instead. Regardless of the notable differences between the two, such as faux being a less expensive, yet more durable alternative to its real leather counterpart makes it a go to option for furniture, apparel, car upholstery, handbags, belts and more.
It is important to remember that faux being a non-porous surface leads to major staining that will often be found on the top. It is even more important to prevent it from getting too dry which will certainly lead to it cracking. It is therefore vital to set-up a maintenance routine for faux and we at The Jacket Maker are glad to share the following with each of you.
Why does Faux Leather Crack?
Quite a few people are already familiar with this point yet many often ask why this happens. Cracking of faux leather is primarily due to the effect of UVB rays (the second type of ultraviolet rays) on the molecular structure of any type of faux leather resulting in the plastic compounds that become brittle enough to crack. Another cause of faux cracking could be based on the quality of the product. If you decide to purchase faux leather that hasn’t been reinforced with natural fibers, for instance, cotton, it will definitely crack regardless of the prevention of exposure to the sun.
It is actually quite simple to at least delay the cracking of faux leather if not prevent it from happening all together. There are many oils that can be used for this purpose such as baby oil which is considered the best. Strange as it many sound but baby oil actually creates a protective coating which prevents the sun’s rays or any change in temperature from weakening and cracking the surface.
A second way to prevent cracking of faux would be by applying special leather conditioners that will help maintain your faux leather. These conditioners can be used for both real leather maintenance as well as faux which is a surprise for many. This is because both types of leather resemble each other in grain and texture which is why any special leather conditioner will work well for both types.
Remember this ALWAYS when Maintaining Faux Leather
Any amount of sunlight can rapidly dry out faux leather. It is vital to keep your faux leathers in the shade especially concerning furniture, apparel, bags etc.
This is another important factor to remember in maintaining your faux leather. Apparel especially dyed with strong colours or bold colours such as denim blue can easily transfer onto light colours. Remember washing machine instructions? Light and dark colours separate! Dealing with faux, this type of stain can penetrate real quick, if not wiped with a baby wipe before it becomes permanent.
When using any cleaning agents on faux leather for the first time, it’s best to try it out on a small portion that will not be visible. Let it dry and see the results. If it does not have any adverse effects you can freely continue with the rest of the surface. This is especially useful for furniture.
When choosing a cleaning product, ask yourself one question; would you use this product on yourself. If the answer is no then it is probably too harsh for your faux leather.
No to the Bleach
Regardless of the size of the stain or the depth of it on your faux, NEVER use bleach. It has many agents that actually speed up drying, which will only result in weakening the structure and surface, which will shorten the life-span of your faux leather.
No Abrasive Cloths
Always say NO to the temptation to rub or scrub a faux leather surface. Never use any kind of rough cloths or sponge. Scrubbing will only crack the faux without cleaning the stain or removing the mark. The best solution would be to use soft cloths and gentle, circular motions.
Clean-up after Cleaning
After cleaning faux leather it is vital to use a mild detergent to clean up the area you were cleaning. Whether there was a stain or a mark, whether it was successfully removed or not, it is crucial to wipe over the area. Some cleaners forget this point which is important for maintaining and extending the longevity of faux leather.
Regular mild Clean
For optimum results and positive solutions to faux leather maintenance, conducting a regular cleaning of your faux using mild detergents or washing up liquid again; mild with warm water and soft cloths will go a long way. Doing this on a regular basis will prevent major staining or marks that could damage your faux down the line.