How to Clean Fake Leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Durable and resistant to daily abuses from people and pets, fake leather is becoming more popular. Today's fake leather are of high qualities and can match the performance of real leather. Besides being cruelty-free and cheaper than real leather, fake leather also has the advantage of being much easier to clean, with some materials being stain resistant.

Soak up any spills immediately using a dry paper towel or cloth to prevent stains.

Wipe any dust off the leather using a feather duster or a soft cloth regularly.

Dip a cloth in water and use it to wipe the fake leather clean.

Mix one part mild soap such as dish-washing liquid to five parts water. Dip a soft cloth in the solution, and dab it on stains such as coffee, tea, wine, ketchup or make-up.

Use mild cleaning solvent or rubbing alcohol to clean greasy stains that remain after being cleaned with a soapy solution.

Mix one part bleach to five parts water. Dip a soft cloth in the solution, and use it to disinfect the fake leather if necessary.

Let the fake leather air dry or use a hair dryer on a warm setting for quicker drying.


Some fake leather materials can be damaged by bleach or alcohol-based products, so check the cleaning instructions before using any cleaning products on fake leather. If in doubt, test the cleaning product on a hidden spot to see if it damages the fake leather before using it on the rest of the material.

Things You'll Need

  • Feather duster (optional)
  • Paper towel (optional)
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Mild cleaning solvent or rubbing alcohol
  • Bleach (optional)
  • Hair dryer (optional)
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Edriaan Koening began writing professionally in 2005, while studying toward her Bachelor of Arts in media and communications at the University of Melbourne. She has since written for several magazines and websites. Koening also holds a Master of Commerce in funds management and accounting from the University of New South Wales.