15 Apr Vegan Leather?
Vegan leather is a leather imitation made from a material called polyurethane, which is a polymer designers can order at a whim. It has a glossy sheen, great sparkle and can be made into all kinds of shades that challenge real leather.
Many designers are turning to vegan leather because it supports ending animal cruelty and it’s versatile without compromising quality. Designers such as Stella McCartney are among those who have embraced vegan leather and the public is embracing their collections.
Vegan leather is preferred by many because the process of making it is less complex, fewer chemicals are used making it not just animal friendly but environment friendly too.
Maintaining Vegan Leather
Vegan leather is made of a plastic coating and is therefore waterproof. The best way to clean it is by using a mild detergent and damp cloth to get rid of dirt. If exposed to too much sunlight and harsh conditions it could crack and penetration of some cleaning chemicals could compromise its quality.
Unwrinkling Vegan Leather
Vegan leather should not be ironed by applying an iron directly onto it. To get rid of wrinkles from it maybe after a wash, you must first understand the quality of vegan leather you’re dealing with. Synthetic pleathers contain plastic and do therefore not go well with heat which can damage them entirely. High standard faux leather on the other hand can be easily steamed to eliminate wrinkles without getting damaged. A protective sheet, lining or towel can be applied over the vegan leather and ironing done over it at moderate temperature. Ideally you should hold the iron to the material for more than 30 secs.
Can Vegan Leather Be Stretched?
Vegan leather does not have the same stretching capabilities as leather. This is why extra caution should be taken while attempting to stretch it. If done wrongly, it will increase the risk of cracking so it better to avoid stretching it all together.
Distressing Vegan Leather
Attempts to distress faux leather often leads to damaging it. People who attempt to create a distressed effect on vegan leather usually make use of think layers of fabric or acrylic paints. If the layers are thick, the leather will peel and crack the top layer completely. It is important to use dyes and paints as solvents for the material so that the vegan leather is not eaten away.
Before distressing, try the paint on a small portion of the pleather to ascertain that it will withstand the application.
Softening Vegan Leather
Vegan leather is not as permeable as actual leather. Trying to soften it with the conditioning production used on actual leather will not work or it will have very little effect. This is why you should use vinyl conditioner which seems to work well on faux leather. It should be applied on the vegan leather to be softened using a soft cloth and in moderate circular motions. After application, the excess conditioner should be gotten rid of using a clean cloth. The pleather is then left to dry. This process can be repeated until you get desired results.