FAUX LEATHER YOU CAN REALLY WASH
Did you know that Leather falls within the 10% of fabrics that cannot be washed? That is one of the many reasons we love the cheaper, and substantially more convenient counterpart, faux leather!
It is impossible to give specific cleaning advice for ALL faux leathers due to the numerous finishes options, which makes it impossible for us to know which type you’re working with.
Learn how to wash our Commando faux leather leggings with these green, nontoxic steps we received from girls at The Laundress:
Turn inside out and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag (to protect it during the wash cycle)
Use Delicate Wash with machine on Delicate Cycle | Cold Water | Low Spin
LAY IT OUT
Lay the item in its natural shape or If hanging to dry, position to prevent stretching
Never machine dry faux leather
Freshen between washes by spritzing with antibacterial Delicate Spray to remove odors
Dry cleaning chemicals destroy faux leather material
Remove wrinkles with steam, but be careful not to get too close as Fabric may pucker
FAUX LEATHER FAQ
Is The Laundress Delicate Wash really so different as brands, like Woolite?
Unlike Woolite, The Laundress Delicate Wash contains special enzymes that remove perspiration, oil, and buildup, while remaining safe on delicate fabrics. Specifically formulated with cleaning enhancers and color guard, it maintains the cleanliness and color saturation of your favorite garments.
How Do You Know: Real Or Faux?
Determining whether a garment is made of real or fake leather without the guidance of a care label can sometimes be difficult. Our best advice is to look for any inconsistencies in fabric surface - real leather will have many while faux will be fairly clean. Faux leather can also be identified by “unaturally perfect” look due to being made with a form of polyester/polyurethane.
Clean faux leather with The Laundress Delicate Wash, a specialty formula that's gentle on delicate fabrics but tough on dirt and odor.
The Laundress' general guidelines for leather:
Not Washable: If a leather item is labeled “not washable” or “dry clean only,” don’t wash or spot treat it. Trust us.
Washable: We have successfully washed many leather items labeled “washable” as well as most non-leather items with leather trim: patches, collars, zip pulls, and binding. Simply test the leather item before you wash it. Look for discoloration, spots, or other changes once the area has dried.
Leather trim: We have successfully washed many leather trim items labeled “dry clean” or “dry clean only.” Most leather trim is made from “garment washed” leather. This type of leather has already been washed during the production stage, which means it should now be washable as part of the garment.
Another term you may see is “Garment washed” leather which simply means that it has already been washed during the production stage, and should now be washable as part of the garment.