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How durable is faux leather?

April 22, 2013 — 14 Comments

What is more durable: real leather or faux leather?

The answer might surprise you, but according to tests and experiences from different people and organizations, faux leather is not only very durable, but it is the one that is going to keep looking the most attractive and durable.

I know that most people think that real leather is the most durable when it comes to leather objects, but the truth is that faux leather can be much more durable, however, all this depends on the quality of the faux leather fabrics used in the manufacturing process!

To make faux leather last longer and look like new, use Leather Honey Conditioner.

Some cars made in the 50s are still enjoying their faux leather upholstery, it is because the faux leather fabric used was of great quality and faux-leather-cracksalso it used mixed materials.

By mix materials, I mean that the faux leather used in the upholstery is not just plastic, it is plastic mixed with synthetic or natural fibers.

In the process of making faux leather, manufacturers can add either synthetic fibers like nylon, or add natural fibers like cotton or wool, both processes are very efficient at making the faux leather fabric more durable and stronger.

However, for faux leather to stay durable and stronger it does not only require good materials, it will also require good maintenance.

You may think that the real leather is the only leather that must require care and maintenance, but this is totally wrong, faux leather requires attention and care too.

One of the best products you can apply to make faux leather not only durable, but also very resistant and stronger is quality leather conditioners.

They are going to help the fibers stay strong and durable; they will also prevent the faux leather surface from cracking and losing fat and other essential chemicals that hold it together.

I’ve seen faux leather that was sixty years old that was doing great!

And on the other hand I’ve seen faux leather that was three months old that was already cracking and losing its resistance and value.

This means that to have a very durable faux leather, you must care for it and you must select only the best quality materials and fabrics.

So, if you are looking for durability and strength, don’t buy cheap products, they will not last you a long time.

14 responses to How durable is faux leather?

  1. Hi. I am looking at an Ashley sofa made out of their Durablend material. Do you know anything about the quality of their faux leather? Thanks for your help.

  2. I just purchased a couch that was manufactored from One 80, It says it is Faux Leather. Do you know anything about this brand?

  3. Margaret Nicholls June 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    We purchased a faux leather chair and matching stool. It only lasted 2 years!!! over which time it has considerably deteriorated. All the areas around the stitching has cracked and it is all wearing off/peeling off everywhere that the body touches. The arms the back the seat!!! If it’s not got leather in it it should never have the word LEATHER at all in its description. If its got some sort of plastic in it, which is what we have now found out, I have had plastic type of furniture (corner settee) many years ago and it lasted forever, so why is this so inferior. Would never buy it again!! This was purchased from Harveys Furniture and when we complained about it, their so called expert told us it was wear and tear – After two years!! surely it should last longer. Oh and also we were using the wrong stuff on it to clean it. Damp cloth – yes that was correct. But we were never told that faux leather was not real leather, so used the same leather cream on it as we have done on the settee which is real leather may I add and that hasn’t got anything wrong with it. As we thought it was still leather not plastic. We couldn’t get any joy from Harveys with regard to the item, in our opinion it should have lasted more than 2 years. It wasn’t even sat in that much. If its wear and tear then obviously the only way it would have stayed in good condition was not to sit in it!!!!

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner June 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

      It’s because it was made of poor faux leather! Sorry to hear this, but the first thing to never do with this fabric is to go cheap or look for the best “deals”! There are none! Don’t lose hope in faux leather, I have so many products and furniture made of it and they’re all great looking, in fact, I have one couch which is probably more than 15 years of age, and I bought it from a thrift shop years ago.

    • Apparently, you don’t know that the word “faux” is French for false, which means it’s not real leather.

    • faux = fake or false or made in imitation

  4. I am considering faux leather chairs from http://www.homedecorators.com/p/meloni-armchair/00/900/

    Any thoughts on this chair?

  5. I want to buy a faux leather sandals .is it comfort while wearing .it feels comfort while wearing ? ..
    and how long would it be standard …?

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner July 4, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      I’m sorry, but I’ve never had faux leather sandals before 🙁 If you take good care of the fabric, condition it once every six months and don’t expose it a lot to sunlight and water, then it can last you for a very long time for sure.

  6. I purchased a recliner at big lots used it same way as my leather recliner except the leather recliner lasted 15yrs, the FAUX is 2 yrs old I keep it covered up because I can not look at this missable piece of junk.

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner August 27, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Sorry, some faux leather fabrics are cheap and badly made, they’ll crack and look horrible very quickly!

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