How to get wrinkles out of faux leather?

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.

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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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Author: Jean-Marc Chateigner

Jean-Marc Chateigner is a leather artisan who grew up in the region of Toulouse, France. He was passionate by leather work since his childhood, he spent many years as an apprentice to a true leather craftsman.

He is practicing his passion in the city of Toulouse with his wife and two children.
Throughout Jean-Marc wants to share his expertise on the subject of faux leather and also share valuable advices for people wanting to acquire faux leather objects.

34 thoughts on “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.

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  4. 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?

  5. Hi! I have a jacket (looks like faux leather) that is 85 rayon, 15 poly…what would you suggest to get the wrinkles out, same as above with the dryer? I don’t have an iron, only use a steamer…could I put a towel between the jacket and the steam? Thanks for your help! Laken

    1. Yes, this will absolutely work. But be careful, excessive heat can damage your faux leather jacket.

  6. Hi I have recently purchased white and black leather seat covers for my car is there any way to help remove the wrinkles out of it without damaging them?

  7. I have a wool sweater with thin faux leather sleeves…..if I put it in the dryer I think that the wool will shrink???? Whats your thoughts on this? Thanks for the help

    1. Yes, it will, better leave it next to an open window and allow it to dry slowly and without sudden temperature changes.

  8. Hi hope your well
    I just received in the post today my much wanted guess faux leather jacket but the collar is all crinkled what would u recommend I do please.. HELP

  9. Jean-Marc, I have several pair of faux leather drapes. They are very heavy and had been packed away for several years. Theyhave been rehung now for two months and show no sign that they are willing to let go of thier wrinkles. Also there are no washing instructions. Will they shrink, and how should I launder them. I will be amazed if someone actually gets this…push send now….

  10. I just got a brand new jacket by mail. the shell is 100%polyurethane laminated with 100% viscose. The care instructions specifically state not to use a dryer- but this is in reference to drying after washing.
    In step 2 above, you don’t mention what setting to put the iron on. My thought is that too low won’t get through the towel. Is a poly setting too high?
    I’m nervous about everything but I’m so excited to wear my new jacket and I think washing it right out of the box is a bit much.
    What do you recommend?

    1. Don’t use excessive heat, it will destroy the texture, just medium, enough to get through the towel, you have to judge! But if I were you, I’d only use this method when the wrinkles are horrible, don’t use it often.

  11. Hi! What makes faux leather either high quality or low quality? For instance the skirt I have is 100% polyester, and I don’t quite know what you mean. Thanks for the help! 🙂

    1. The thickness and also the flexibility of the fabric, you should also pay attention to the texture, if it’s a little grainy and doesn’t feel good, then it’s not a quality one.

  12. Hi
    I have brought a faux pu leather hat on Internet but it arrived folded, this caused folding wrinkles.
    How can I get the wrinkles out, because its a hat I can not put it on an hanger?

    1. Try to use an iron, of course, use a paper bag to avoid burning your fabric, indirect heat is the best way to get rid of wrinkles from faux leather.

  13. Hello,
    I have faux leather (w cloth) slacks that have a glued hem. I want to lengthen & thus unglue the plether. Is this done by pulling or is there a better technique? Thanks.

  14. I purchased some faux leather, black matte with a fabric backing, to make a seat cushion and back rest for a Morris chair and the store did not put the fabric on a roll, just folded it up. I didn’t even think about the fabric being folded until I got it out to start on the cushions and it shows every fold line! I’ve tried using a hair dryer and a rolling pin to take out the wrinkles with no success. It is laying flat now on my kitchen table but the fold lines are not relaxing out. Any suggestions?

  15. Hi,
    I have faux leather boots that I bought from a second hand shop and they’ve started to wrinkle and bubble up like one of the lady’s above mentioned. I’m not sure if there’s anyway to fix it as it’s very thin but I love the boots too much to throw them out.
    Please help!!

    1. so, how thin are they? If you are fine with stopping the wrinkles and bubbles, then try applying a good faux leather conditioner like TriNova, if you would like to, you can apply a two teaspoons a week of baby oil, unscented of course.

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