How to Care for Vegan Leather
Vegan leather and genuine animal leather have quite a few large differences, from the raw materials used in their production, to the methods used in manufacturing them for consumers. However, one thing that vegan and genuine leather have in common is maintenance.
Although the need for less maintenance is often a major consideration when choosing vegan leather over animal leather, in order for any product to last for a long time, some level of maintenance is required and vegan leather is not exempted from that.
So if you’re a new owner of a vegan leather product, or simply looking to know how to better care for your existing pieces, then keep reading to find out 5 ways to care for vegan leather!
1. Use Gentle Cleansers
Most types of vegan leather are made to be more water-resistant than animal leather, making the cleaning process for vegan leather much more convenient. However, it is important to remember that this doesn’t mean anything goes. To avoid damaging your vegan leather pieces, it’s advised to use gentle cleansers such as mild dish soaps and detergents when treating any messes on your products. Harsh chemicals like bleach or extra strong detergents, on the other hand, should be avoided.
2. Avoid Exposure to Sunlight
Like most fabrics and textiles, vegan leather can be damaged over time due to overexposure to the sun. Leaving it under the sun can cause unwanted discolouration and even cracking and peeling. This can make your vegan leather less durable and more prone to further damage in the long run. So just like your skin, it is important to avoid leaving your vegan leather pieces in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
3. Use Non-Abrasive Materials for Cleaning
Although it might feel tempting to scrub away vigorously on any spots or marks on your vegan leather, it is best to avoid any abrasive materials completely to avoid damaging the leather’s finish. This doesn’t only include hard brushes or scrubbers but also detergents and soaps that contain any textures that could tear at the vegan leather. Instead, it is advisable to use microfibre cloths or old soft toothbrushes to gently wipe away any dirt or marks.
4. Fix Any Blemishes Right Away
Since you cannot just toss your vegan leather products into a washing machine, cleaning any blemishes right away is essential in maintaining them. It is best to treat spots the moment you notice them, as the longer you wait to fix them, the harder they may be to remove. You can use a soft cloth and some water to fix newer stains, or switch to a soft brush and a gentle cleanser for ones that may have had time to set.
5. Use a Dust Bag or Other Storage Options
Finally, taking care of your vegan leather goods does not end at everyday use. In fact, it is recommended to rotate the use of your products frequently as a way of keeping them free from damage as well. When not in use, it is best to use a dust bag or a similar protective covering to keep your items safe while in storage. Once you’ve chosen the right storage method, be sure to place it in a cool, dry area free from exposure to sunlight or excess humidity.
Although vegan leather is much less delicate than animal leather, taking special care to keep your products in good clean shape still takes a small amount of effort. Hopefully, the tips we shared with you today will help you in keeping your pieces in the best shape for as long as possible. If you want to learn more about vegan leather and other related topics, check out our blog here. And be sure to check our official Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube accounts for even more vegan leather news and facts!
This article was written by Yvonne Gonzales
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