The undoubted advantages of artificial leather is their relatively low price, along with a huge variety of colors and textures. Now many varieties of synthetic leather are made, very high quality parameters. That is why it is sometimes difficult to establish the authenticity of the skin and separate the natural from the substitute.
One of the main vulnerabilities of artificial leather is the change in the appearance and user properties after some time. Such aging occurs under the influence of destructive mechanical and atmospheric influences. Materials lose their elasticity, scratches and cracks appear, the ball of the film exfoliates. However, with proper maintenance and use, it is possible to slow down the spoilage process for a long time.
The fundamental rule is not to wear genuine leather substitutes in frosts below minus 15 ° C. It is also necessary to limit the atmospheric, temperature and mechanical destructive to the minimum possible, in addition to the effects of aggressive chemicals. Avoid prolonged exposure to bright sunlight on the surface. This contributes to the process of burnout or fading of the skin color.
Sometimes leather products are not always suitable for the principles of servicing natural leathers, although in general it is a little easier to take care of “backdoors”. However, during operation, it is necessary to relate to things from substitutes a little more carefully and accurately.
Good results bring professional cosmetics for synthetic leathers. It’s nice to use special sprays and napkins that care for heterogeneous leather products that soften, clean and protect the material. Along with the above, some sprays remove accumulating static electricity and disinfect. No less widely used are sponges with silicone impregnations that soften the artificial material and add shine. At the same time hiding scratches, cracks and scuffs. After processing with such foam rubber, a protective film is formed on the surface of the leatherette, which increases water repellent and prevents dusting. As well as the accumulation of dirt in the textured recesses of the skin.
Before starting the cleaning actions of things or accessories made of synthetic leather, you must carefully read the instructional tips and recommendations of the manufacturers. Before the main use of the cleaning agent, you can test it in an inconspicuous place, and then apply a little on a cotton pad or sponge. Avoiding the manifestation and spread of stains by means you need to use small doses. It is strongly discouraged to use several different agents at the same time. Also, do not use cleaning products based on solvents, gasoline or acids, this can irreparably damage the thing.
It is necessary to remove light dirt or dust deposits as quickly as possible, in order to avoid thorough penetration into the structure of artificial leather. This can be done with a slightly wet microfiber cloth. Eliminate minor contaminants from unvarnished or non-suede surfaces by using wet wipes.
To clean strong dust or dirt, the leatherette is wiped with a soft cloth or cotton pads moistened with plenty of detergent solutions at a temperature of approximately 35 - 45 ° C. Suitable for silk fabrics or wool. After that, the remaining solution is carefully washed off and wiped dry with a good absorbent soft cloth, sponge or paper towels. It must be understood that the substitute should not be rubbed too intensely so as not to damage the surface. Do not use sharp, hard, sharp objects to scrape off planted spots. Hard brushes, especially metal ones, are not suitable for cleaning.
If fluid stains, traces of ink, or greasy stains occur on the surface of faux leather, try to wet the stain quickly with a damp rag. As needed, it is allowed to gently, very gently rub the problem area with a napkin, microfiber cloth or cotton pads moistened with a mild soapy solution. Used detergent residues are cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. Excess moisture - a soft cloth, if possible cotton.
The procedure is good to carry out over a wide tank or bath, hanging and thoroughly straightening the product.
If you get very wet on a thing, you should not use squeezing twists, which may lead to deformation. It is much better to hang on shoulders in a detail flattened form, to eliminate water by gravity.
It is strongly discouraged to completely wash the leatherette thing; deformation and loss of any presentability is possible. It is also necessary to try to prevent strong wetting of the wrong part of the product. When it is necessary to remove the contamination of the lining, it is better to separate it (unfasten, unfasten) and wash separately.
A variety of old and difficult to remove stains of organic or greasy appearance are removed with special cleaners for artificial leather, according to the instructions. Stain removers are applied in small quantities, in the direction from the border of the spot to the center.
Faux suede items require a more delicate and subtle approach. They are dirtier than other varieties and lose their exquisite velvety. Clean them with soft dry brushes in the direction of the villi. Intensive, with high pressure cleaning, even with a soft brush, can lead to a significant loss of hairiness and even color. Impregnate a surface that is not particularly soiled (if possible, do not rub it) with warm water or a very weak soapy solution. Excess residues are cleaned with a wet cloth. Complex contaminants and stains are very gently and scrupulously soaked with sponges or soft sponges, previously moistened in a special foamed shampoo or a neutral washing mixture. Extremely delicate and careful friction of the blurred area is allowed, along the pile. The remaining washing mixture is wiped with a handkerchief moistened with water, sponges or non-rigid sponges.
Drying things from leatherette is most correct in the straightened position, away from heaters. It is important that the drying proceeds at room temperature. It is unacceptable to dry wet products with hair dryers or irons, or iron dry ones. To maintain shape, things are sometimes stuffed with paper during the drying process.
It is advisable to save things from leatherette in cardboard boxes, initially treating them with special sprays or creams. Storage in closed bags should be avoided to prevent condensation inside the moisture with a further discoloration or loss of gloss on the skin surface.
Care for clothing and leather shoes
Modern fashion designers and designers often use dermatin. Today, a large number of boots, shoes, vests, jackets, raincoats and other imitation leather products are on sale. If you want things to maintain their external qualities for a long time, then provide them with competent care.
The main problem is pollution. Maintenance of boots, shoes, raincoats and other things is not possible without regular cleaning. Hard brushes and abrasive materials cannot be used for this. They will damage the surface of the skin. To care for shoes and clothes made of dermatine, it is better to use soft rags, sponges and natural brushes. It is recommended to use soap, dishwashing detergents or shampoos.
If your shoes, shoes, jacket or other product are dirty, then the regular maintenance process will be as follows:
- cleaning the main dirt with a cloth. If you do without hydration, then prepare a soap solution. It will quickly remove the main pollution from shoes or clothes,
- impregnation application. Let the shoes, raincoat or leather jacket dry. After that, apply impregnation to the surface to increase the softness of the product,
- applying a moisture repellent. This is not necessary, but will save time on regular cleaning. Especially when it comes to autumn or winter shoes,
- applying cream for shine. Dermatine products look dull compared to genuine leather. Therefore, if you want your boots or shoes to shine, use a special cream that is selected by color.
Faux leather boots, like any other shoe, will be damaged sooner or later. In order to paint them, special pastes are needed. They can be purchased at a shoe store along with other care products.
Remember that raincoats, dresses and faux leather jackets cannot be machine washed. This will damage the product. Keep things away from direct sunlight. Special packages are suitable that will not allow the dermatin to dry out. Care of a jacket, vest or any other thing should be carried out constantly if you wear it.
Artificial Leather Bag Care
Dermatine bags are popular due to their practicality and affordable cost. If you want your favorite accessory to last a long time, follow some simple tips.
- Do not use the bag for shopping, as leatherette is not designed for significant loads.
- Do not use acidic or solvent based cleaning agents.
- Do not carry the bag in frosts above -25 ° C.
Leather bags do not require serious care. Regularly remove impurities; use softening and moisturizing soaks.
Artificial leather furniture care
Furniture plays an important role in the interior, so it must be maintained in proper form. If you become the owner of a chair or sofa made of dermatine, then make sure that he stands away from heaters. Furniture should be cleaned once every 1-2 months.
When cleaning a sofa from leatherette, you can not:
- use aggressive chemistry
- apply alcohols, acetone, bleach, polishes and perchlorethylene,
- wash dirt with sharp objects.
Artificial skin care is best done with:
- soap solution
- substances with ammonia,
- soft sponge or rags.
Skin care should be timely. Do not stain for a long time. They are absorbed, and removing them will be more difficult.
Features of faux leather
Artificial leather is a substitute for a natural analogue. The material has great capabilities and covers a wide scope. High-quality artificial leather is resistant to deformation, tearing, scratching, hygroscopicity and other indicators.
Modern technologies allow you to create material that does not have differences with natural. This reveals a wide range, for example, in color embodiment. There are options that mimic the color and texture of the skin of animals, and also create products with the most unimaginable pattern.
Some types of artificial leather have higher rates than natural materials. In addition, processing and working with such material is not difficult. The fabric adheres well, cuts and sews. Products made of high-quality artificial leather have a lower price, and at the same time they have no less long service life than products made from natural material.
How to distinguish pressed skin
Pressed leather is a material that is created under pressure from small pieces of genuine leather. The composition of the material includes binders, such as thermoplastic resins, polyethylene and polyamide. Pressed leather has the ability to repel moisture, but it does not breathe well.
Of particular importance are the sections in the seam of the product. The pressed material will be given out by sticking out threads or a fabric base, therefore manufacturers solder the edge and make it flat. When exposed to fire, the pressed skin begins to turn into dust. High humidity will lead to a deterioration in the appearance of the product. In addition, the material may delaminate over time.
Pressed leather is a cheap material with low moisture and air permeability. It is used to make bags, belts and wallets. It is not recommended to purchase shoes made of such material. The product will be inelastic, stiff, which will cause damage to the feet. As a rule, pressed leather quickly deteriorates due to its brittleness; cracks and bends appear on the product.
Artificial Leather Care
Of great importance in the life and presentable appearance is artificial skin care. It is recommended to wipe the product several times a week with a microfiber cloth. When visible dirt appears, you should prepare a soap solution, you can also use a multi-purpose stain remover, moisten a soft sponge in it and wipe until the stain completely disappears.
Read the label before distinguishing pressed leather from genuine leather. Faux leather products have smooth edges The textured pattern on pressed skin is more even than natural Artificial leather can be stretchy Pressed leather is odorless or smells a bit plastic
In addition, contaminants are easily removed by alcohol-containing substances. To get rid of the smell, the product must be aired. It is recommended to polish some types of skin using a spray with a silicone base. Artificial skin is stored separately from other tissues. Often, couples stand out that a natural product can absorb.
Artificial material should be kept away from open flames. It contains plastic compounds that can ignite. Products do not tolerate abrasive cleaning. Coarse brushes can damage the surface.