Often used in upholstery, apparel, and accessories, leatherette is simply a faux version of pure leather. It is pretty cheap as compared to leather, but bears an exact leather-like finish. HomeQuicks provides a step-by-step explanation on how to clean leatherette. Take a look!
Property Leatherette is not porous, and doesn’t allow air to pass through, hence can lead to the accumulation of sweat if used in clothing.
Leatherette is a material made by covering a base of fabric by a thin sheet of PVC, and is mostly used as a low-cost cum low-maintenance substitute for leather.
These days, leatherette is mostly used in stuff like bags, shoes, car seat covers, couches, wallets, belts, jackets, etc. Although leatherette doesn’t require very high maintenance like that of leather, it surely looks even more classy when cleaned.
Refer to the instructions given below to clean your leatherette couch, car seats, bags, furniture, or any other item made from leatherette.
How to Maintain Leatherette
If you’re looking forward to cleaning bigger objects like couches, cushions, seat coverings, or furniture, you’ll need to get rid of the accumulated dust. To achieve this, use a vacuum cleaner and suck out all the accumulated dust and debris. In case of smaller objects like wallets, bags, vacuuming isn’t possible; lightly dust these items with a dry cloth or brush.
Now that your surface has been cleared of loose dust particles, you’ll need to get rid of stains and other noticeable imperfections. Mix a drop of grease-cutting dish soap in warm water; take a soft terry cloth and dip it into the soapy solution, drain water such that the cloth is just damp and not drenched. Wipe down the entire leatherette surface in straight vertical strokes. Repeat this process for a second time.
Next, take another soft cloth and dry the surface with it.
In case you still find some spots tough to clean, take a cotton swab, dip it directly in the concentrated soap solution and clean till the stain is gone. You could also use cotton swabs to clean gaps around buttons, indentations, stitches, or around zippers (in upholstery).
You could occasionally apply a coat of vinyl cleaner to add shine to your leatherette items. This step is more relevant in case of upholstery, for instance, car seat coverings, couches, sofas, etc.
Be it leatherette or pure leather, it should always look shining and classy. So go ahead, and keep all your couches and sofas clean and shiny.