How To Remove Creases From Faux Leather

Very much like genuine leather, faux leather is prone to nasty creases that are bound to ruin the elegant look you signed up for. Creases and wrinkles are the results of some unavoidable folds and bends; the soft texture is also partly responsible.

When it comes to leather, you simply cannot eliminate the possibility of creases, but what you can do is have it erased altogether from your leather’s surface.

How to remove creases from faux leather, you ask?

Give our article a read to find out.

How Does Faux Leather Get Creases?

Faux leather items like jackets, shoes, belts, wallets, handbags, furniture, etc. get creases due to the folds or bends they endure upon regular usage. This is common for most clothing materials, except for faux leather, which you cannot easily iron out as heat will cause damage to the polyurethane or polyvinyl chloride coating, which might result in melting. However, do not be mistaken into thinking that not using your leather will solve the problem, as minimum usage results in cracks.

Besides regular usage, storage is one of the other major reasons behind the awful creases. When your faux leather goods are folded and stored instead of using a hanger, rest assured that there will be some creases on their surface when you bring them out of your closet the next day.

It is also good to be picky when it comes to buying faux leather. Engage in research to find a good manufacturer who is likely to produce good quality, durable faux leather to ensure that regular usage contributes to fewer creases. Making sure that they have a good delivery and storage system is an essential part of the research, as otherwise, you might be paying for already creased leather.

Now that we are done explaining some of the main reasons why the problem occurs, the time has come to present you with some solutions. Remember that some of these tricks can be used for only certain faux leather items.

Methods For Getting Creases Out Of Faux Leather

Drying method:

This can be used for most leather items, given that the creases are not too stubborn.

Things you will need:

  • Dryer
  • Hanger

Procedure:

  • At first, place your faux leather item in the dryer for around one minute. Remember that putting it in for too long might result in melting.
  • Once you are done with the above-mentioned step:
  1. If it is a piece of clothing, hang it using a hanger.
  2. If it is a shoe, stuff it with tissue to allow your creases to spread out.
  • Around one minute later, put it back into the drier for another 45 seconds.
  • Repeat the process until most of the creases are gone and then air dry it, letting it relax to naturally get the creases out.

Ironing method:

This method exerts more heat on your faux leather, which is why you first need to try the drying method. When that method doesn’t remove the creases completely, you can take that as your signal to try the ironing method instead.

Things you will need:

  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Towel
  • Hanger

Procedure:

  • The leather should be placed in the dryer for one minute at most.
  • Take the leather out and hang it or stuff it.
  • After a minute, place it back in the drier, this time for 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Hang it or stuff it again to naturally remove as many wrinkles as you can.
  • After three to four hours of hanging, place it on a flat surface and cover up the creases you are going to iron, with a towel.
  • Set your iron to the lowest steam setting and slowly iron on top of the towel, taking regular intervals to allow the leather to cool.
  • Leave the leather out for a while to allow any remaining heat to leave.

Hairdryer method:

Things you will need:

  • Hairdryer

Procedure:

  • Turn on the dryer and place it a few inches away from the creases. Make sure not to apply too much heat and take regular breaks to allow it to cool down.

This method is for leather goods that cannot be ironed, like furniture, bags, hats, etc.

Steaming method:

Things you will need:

  • Steamer

Procedure:

  • Set the steamer to the lowest setting to prevent overheating your faux leather. Take frequent breaks to avoid overheating or melting.
  • Once you are done steaming, let your leather air dry.

 Steaming is more efficient than the aforementioned processes as it can help in fixing creases for all types of leather goods; furniture, jackets, shoes, bags, car seats, etc. all can now be crease-free!

The steaming method can also be carried out without a steamer.

Procedure:

  • While showering, close all windows and vents; turn off the exhaust fan.
  • Hang your leather clothing using a hanger in the steamy washroom.
  • Once the steam starts cooling, bring your cloth outside and let it air dry.

Putting something on the crease:

Things you will need:

  • Heavy book or item that will not harm your leather surface.

Procedure:

  • Place your leather on a smooth surface and spread it out properly.
  • Put your heavy object on top of the crease to flatten it out due to the weight.

This process only works for leather items that have a flat surface like cloths and requires a lot of time. If you are removing creases from your cloth, you can leave a book on top of it at night, and hopefully, by the morning, it will have a crease-free, smooth surface.

FAQ

How to get wrinkles out of polyurethane

You can follow the drying method, ironing method, steaming method, and hairdryer method to get wrinkles out of polyurethane. Polyurethane is used to make the brown-tinted plastic-like coating that gives your faux leather its leather-like illusion and feel.

How do you get wrinkles out of faux fur?

Like faux leather, faux fur is prone to wrinkles, but do not worry, as it can be easily restored.

Things you will need:

  • Hairdryer
  • Comb

Procedure:

  • Make sure your faux fur is clean and dry before you start the process.
  • Comb out the faux fur to make sure there are no knots or clumps.
  • Use your hairdryer to blow out the fur in a circular motion. You need to do these multiple times but do not apply heat constantly in one place.

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