How to Clean a Faux Leather Skirt
When you clean a faux leather skirt, the first step is to dry clean it thoroughly. You can also clean it by applying linseed oil. You can find suede brushes in shoe stores and use them to fluff the suede. Afterwards, wipe it dry.
Dry cleaning a faux leather skirt
When dry cleaning a faux leather skirt, it is important to wash it separately from other garments. Use a damp microfiber cloth and gentle detergent to remove any stains. You can also use a water and mild soap solution to treat any liquid stains. Then, dry the skirt completely.
Natural suede skirts cannot be washed. Suede is a type of leather developed by undergoing formaldehyde or fat tanning. This type of leather has no face layer, which is what makes it so soft. But you can clean faux leather skirts with eco-leather, which is more gentle than suede. If you do wash a faux leather skirt, make sure you hand-wash it instead of machine-washing it.
Dry cleaning a faux leather skirt is not difficult. Using a mild detergent, such as Delicate Spray, will remove wrinkles and give your skirt a clean, fresh appearance. However, you should avoid ironing your skirt excessively, since you may cause melting or other damage. You can also use steam on an iron, but remember to keep your iron away from the skirt.
After washing your skirt, make sure you put it in a laundry bag, which is designed for delicates. You can also line-dry it if necessary. However, do not put it in the dryer, since it will cause the material to shrink. The heat can damage the plastic-like fibers, causing cracks and potential pilling. Since faux leather is not made of natural fibers, you should never rub it to dry or wring it out.
If the faux leather skirt becomes discolored or soiled, you can try to fix it by re-dying it. This method has about a 50/50 chance of success. However, you should be careful to not rub the fabric with the dye, or stretch the pleather while doing so. Once it is clean, press it gently with an iron, but make sure to protect it with a pressing cloth.
While real leather cannot be washed, faux leather can be cleaned at home. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions and use the appropriate cleaners. Some faux leather garments can be washed in a machine with a mild detergent, but others need to be dry-cleaned.
Cleaning a faux leather skirt with linseed oil
After cleaning your faux leather skirt, it is important to protect it from the elements by treating it with additional protectant. Some of these products are applied with a cloth, while others are sprayed on. You should always follow the instructions for any product you use, as well as test it on a small area first.
You can also use a mixture of white vinegar and food grade linseed oil to condition the leather on your skirt. Simply use a damp lint-free cloth to apply the mixture. Once the linseed oil dries, you can buff away any excess dust and dirt.
In addition to applying linseed oil, you can also use a soft microfiber cloth to clean stains. If the stains are tough to remove, you can try using a solution of water and mild soap. Just dab the cloth lightly on the stain and dry it with a soft cloth.
You can also paint faux leather with chalk paint. This will give it a matt look. However, you must make sure to apply a wax to seal the finish. To achieve a smooth finish, you can also use baby oil. This will help prevent cracking and peeling, as well as remove wrinkles.