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How to get wrinkles out of faux leather?

January 5, 2013 — 10 Comments

Faux leather is an amazing fabric, it is both very cheap and very beautiful as well, it can be used for many purposes such as clothing and furniture, but it is after all a product of petroleum, a type of plastic, this means that when folded and left for a very long period of time, it will get wrinkles.

There aren’t many ways to get these wrinkles out, however the few ways you are going to learn about in this post are 100% effective and very easy to apply!

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Here are the things you need:

  • A blow dryer or clothing dryer
  • iron
  • an old towel

The first step you need to do is heat your faux leather for a minute.

wrinkles out of faux leatherIf you are dealing with faux leather furniture, then apply the blow dryer on them for sixty seconds. And if you are dealing with clothing items, then simply put them in your dryer and leave them on medium heat for 60 seconds too.

But be careful, faux leather and high temperatures don’t mix!

You have to remember that faux leather is plastic after all, and as so, it is very vulnerable to heat.

This is why you have to expose your faux leather materials only for a short period of time to heat, if they are exposed for more than one minute they are going to be damaged!

Now, take your fabric from the dryer and hang it for two minutes, or until it has cooled down.

It is best to use and wood hanger, avoid wire hangers as they are going to leave a wrinkles on your clothes.

After this, expose your faux leather item to heat for another thirty seconds.

This is going to relax your fabric and recover back its original shape through hanging.

Don’t heat your items for more than 30 seconds!

The second step is to hang your faux leather fabric for a minimum of 2 hours.

After this, If you still notice some wrinkles in your faux leather, use this technique:

Put your faux leather item on an ironing board, use a towel to cover it and then iron the towel.

This is going to prevent your faux leather item from being exposed to direct heat, which is going to damage it.

Avoid using steam while ironing; it is going to damage faux leather permanently!

Don’t iron for an extended period of time, just briefly, and let your faux leather item cool down.

After you are done ironing, let your item cool down for the night, this can be done by hanging it near an open door, the air which is going to circulate there will relax the fabric and the gravity is going to take care of getting rid of the wrinkles.

This is how you get wrinkles out of faux leather items.

The thing you have to be careful about is to not overheat your items because they are going to simply get damaged, and one last thing, don’t use a new towel, use an old one which you don’t use often, this is so as not to damage any new towel while ironing.

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10 responses to How to get wrinkles out of faux leather?

  1. I accidently put my poly leather in the drier!! Parts of the fabric have gotten very very thin and are tearing. Almost looks like it bubbled. Is there any kind of product I can use on the jacket to thicken up these week spots before they rip? Please let me know. Its a one of a kind jacket and cannot be replaced.

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner November 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Hi Dewey, so sorry to read about this, but the problem with faux leather is that it can’t be “repaired”, you can either throw it away or replace the damaged part!! But there is another solution, which is not the best but will help a little: you should apply honey leather conditioner everyday and hope for the best! This will prevent the remaining of your item to go away!
      so sorry and please if you need more help, don’t hesitate.

  2. Recently purchased a faux leather jacket and it has many wrinkles. I tried both things you suggested but still have wrinkles. How long do I hold the iron on the faux leather. Maybe you have another suggestion?

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner November 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Hi, it all depends on the faux leather type and quality, this is why I do not indicate a “right” amount of time, because it may cause permanent damages to some types!!
      So, the best thing you can do is to hold the iron for at least one minute, while taking all the precautions indicated in the article, if this doesn’t help, then you should apply the iron for a much longer time. You see the dilemma here, I can’t recommend a holding time because it may damage your jacket.
      Sorry!

  3. Hello there !
    I was wondering whether i could steam iron my pleather skirt from inside out ?

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner January 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Jean!
      If the pleather is o low quality, then it will be damaged, but if it’s of high quality, it will be fine.

  4. I used my fabric steamer on the inside of a faux leather dress (it was lined) with good results. Iron over a towel didn’t work very well.

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner February 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Hello,
      The towel technique is safer and won’t damage your dress, be careful using very hot steam, it can make your fabric shrink.

  5. I have a pleather purse that was mashed in my trunk and now I need to get the wrinkles out of the purse what can I do? I tried stuffing yhe bag and it didn’t work any suggestions?

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