Tufted faux leather is designed to provide real leather comfort and texture, and it’s truly a fantastic product to work with, but if you are new to upholstery or clothes making and using tufted faux leather, you have to avoid these things as much as possible.
The first one is bleach cleaners.
I’ve seen many “experts” make this mistake over and over when dealing with tufted faux leather, they think that they should clean it or get rid of the smell using bleach!
Well, this results only in one thing, tufted faux leather becomes damaged and extremely difficult to work with, and in some cases, it may even lose its color and leathery texture.
This means one thing: you have to stay away from bleach as much as possible when working with this faux leather fabric.
The second thing is alcohol in general.
This happens all the time at homes, when spills and stains happen to tufted faux leather objects, some people may be tempted to take some few drops of any alcohol, even alcoholic beverages, and wipe their fabric thinking that this is going to get rid of the stains.
Well, it does get rid of the stains and the tufted faux leather texture as well!
Which is not what you are looking to achieve!
Then, how to clean tufted faux leather?
I’m not going to say that it’s very easy, but if you apply the technique I’m going to show you here, it’s going to get rid of most faux leather troubles:
You need to just wipe with a warm damp sponge or piece of cloth, and stains are going to simply vanish like magic!
This is very easy to understand, because you are dealing with faux leather, it has the same properties of plastic, only the chemical composition is a little different to make it elastic and very flexible, when you use warm water for example, it’s going to get rid of the stains while not interfering with the chemical composition of the fabric.
What about tufted faux leather smell?
Just live with it!
At least for the first weeks of use, that’s what I tell people and customers all the time, when you buy and use tufted faux leather furniture or fabrics, it’s going to be very smelly, something like a synthetic and metallic smell, but after some few weeks, it’s going to start disappearing.
If you cannot live with it, why not put your tufted faux leather fabrics or items in an open area, preferably away from the sun and humidity, like near an open window or door, it’s going to get rid of the smell very conveniently and easily.