Everyone loves the look and feel of real leather – but sometimes real leather isn’t the best choice for certain spaces in your home. For example, you’d never put a genuine leather rug in a bathroom, or near your kitchen sink, right? The constant exposure to moisture would cause water damage to your beautiful piece.
Enter synthetic leather. Boasting the look and feel of real leather, faux leather is much more durable and much easier to care for. And it can be used in places where real leather could never survive. Our selection of faux leather kitchen mats is a perfect example. They’re just as beautiful as genuine leather, but safe for use in areas where moisture is ever-present.
Types of Faux Leather
There are several different types of synthetic leather, from pleather to leatherette to vegan leather. And each one is made slightly differently. Pleather, or plastic leather, is actually made out of plastic. Leatherette is created by merging a cloth base and a PVC cover layer. And vegan leather is usually made from plant materials. There are other types of faux leather, as well, but the instructions for the care and cleaning of each don’t vary all that much. Happily, they all carry the same characteristics of durability and ease of care.
Synthetic leather is very resistant to wear and tear, as well as to environmental elements such as moisture that would doom a genuine leather rug to disaster. For this reason, it can safely be used in high-traffic areas, and areas where water is present. However, faux leather does still require some basic care in order to ensure that it retains its attractiveness and lasts for a long time.
The best – and simplest – way to clean your synthetic leather rug is to wipe it regularly with a damp rag that has been soaked in water and mild soap, and then wipe it dry with a clean dry cloth, or let it air dry. Using heat or even sunlight to dry it can cause the faux leather to warp or become otherwise damaged. In order to keep it in tip-top shape, you may also want to apply a synthetic leather conditioner once dry.
For particularly tough stains, it’s usually safe to use a small amount of an alcohol-based cleaner, or even rubbing alcohol. Test the product on an inconspicuous part of the rug first, to be sure it won’t cause discoloration, and then rub it into the stain to remove.
There are some special considerations to keep in mind for our line of synthetic leather anti-fatigue mats. They can be swept, mopped, or wiped clean, but it’s not just the faux leather you need to keep in mind – they also contain a core of supportive gel, or bio-foam. This is what makes them ideal for standing on for long periods of time, but it also means that just a little extra caution is called for when it comes to folding or bending the mats, or allowing the legs of furniture to rest on them.
Following these few tips for the care and cleaning of your faux leather rug will ensure that it stays beautiful and useful for years to come.