How To

(Faux) Leather You Can Really Wash

Oct 7, 2015

Leather falls within the 10% of fabrics that cannot be washed, but its cheaper and more convenient counterpart - faux leather - is able to be cleaned the green, nontoxic way! In fact, dry cleaning chemicals may actually damage or destroy any plastic film used in the manufacturing process. Learn how to wash everything from faux leather legging to jackets with these easy steps.

How Do You Know: Real Or Faux?

Determining whether a garment is made of real or fake leather without the guidance of a care label can sometimes be difficult. Our best advice is to look for any inconsistencies in fabric surface - real leather will have many while faux will be fairly clean. Faux leather can also be identified by "unnatural adaptations" of color or texture. Pictured below are different variations of faux leather.

Often made of polyurethane or polyvinylchloride with a polyester backing, faux leather leggings and jackets call for the care of our Delicate Wash, a specialty formula that's gentle on delicate fabrics but tough on dirt and odor. And with this faux leather being nonporous, chances are you'll feel the heat and will need to remedy a sweaty situation.


Bag It: Turn the item inside out and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag to protect it during the wash cycle.

Set For Success: Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low. Add Delicate Wash considering the machine type and load size.


Lay It Out: Lay the item in its natural shape on a drying rack or hang to dry. If hanging to dry, be sure to position the item properly on the hanger to prevent stretching. Never machine dry faux leather as it can be extremely heat sensitive depending upon the fabric composition.


Wrinkle-Free: Steam to remove wrinkles after washing or to freshen the garment between washing and wearing. Don't have a steamer handy? Use an iron set to the steam setting, hovering over the item - do not make contact.

Freshen: Freshen between washes by spritzing with Delicate Spray. This versatile formula has antibacterial properties that adds scent while removing odor.

The Laundress Product of Perfection

Unlike Woolite, The Laundress Delicate Wash contains special enzymes that remove perspiration, oil, and buildup, while remaining safe on silks. Specifically formulated with cleaning enhancers and color guard, it maintains the cleanliness and color saturation of your favorite garments.

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Delicate Wash 16 fl oz

Removes Old & New Stains

Delicate Spray 4 fl oz

Removes Old & New Stains

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