How to Clean Imitation Leather

Imitation leather is a synthetic material often used in furniture, clothing, and other accessories. In addition, it can be used in upholstery, clothing, and other accessories. While it is not as durable as real leather, imitation leather is much cheaper and easier to care for. It can be difficult to clean, but with the right methods, it can be restored to its original condition.

How to Clean Imitation Leather

This post will cover how to clean imitation leather and what to avoid. We’ll also provide tips on protecting your furniture from spills and other damages. So if you’re looking for information on how to care for your imitation leather furniture, read on!

Why It’s Important to Clean Imitation Leather?

Despite being a cheaper alternative to genuine leather, imitation leather must be properly cared for and cleaned regularly. Imitation leather is made from synthetic materials designed to look and feel like the real thing but doesn’t come with the same level of durability. To keep your imitation leather furniture, clothing, or accessories looking their best, it’s important to clean them regularly. Cleaning Imitation leather can help you to

  • Prevent dirt and grime from building up and causing permanent stains
  • Remove any existing stains
  • Restore the material’s original color and shine
  • Sustain your imitation leather’s lifespan
  • Proper cleaning of imitation leather will also help to extend its lifespan.

So, cleaning your imitation leather regularly is important, but how do you do it? Keep reading to find out the best way to clean imitation leather.

10 Easy Ways on How to Clean Imitation Leather

1. Wipe the Surface With a Damp Cloth:

You can clean up your imitation leather by simply wiping it down with a damp cloth. For this, you need a soft, lint-free cloth and some distilled water. Dip the cloth in the water and wring it out so that it’s only damp, not wet. Next, gently wipe down the surface of your furniture in a circular motion. You must ensure you don’t use too much water, damaging the leather.

Wiping It down with a Damp Cloth

2. Use a Cleaning Solution:

If your furniture looks a bit dirty, you may need to use a cleaning solution. For this, you can either purchase a commercial leather cleaner or make your own at home. To make your own cleaner, mix one part vinegar with two parts distilled water in a spray bottle. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to this mixture for a pleasant smell. Shake well and test the solution on a small area before using it on the entire piece of furniture.

3. Remove Stains With Baking Soda:

Baking soda is a natural way to remove stains from your imitation leather furniture. First, make a paste by mixing equal parts of baking soda and water. Then, apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth. If your stain is stubborn, you can try using a soft-bristled brush to scrub it away.

4. Use Talcum Powder to Remove Grease Stains:

Talcum powder is another effective way to remove grease stains from your imitation leather furniture. Sprinkle the powder on the stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, using a damp cloth, wipe away the powder, and the stain should come with it! Make sure that you vacuum the area afterward to remove any residual powder.

5. Treat Water Stains with Rubbing Alcohol:

If you have water stains on your imitation leather furniture, rubbing alcohol can help to remove them. Simply apply the alcohol to a clean cloth and dab it onto the stain. The stain should start to fade away immediately. Be sure to test the alcohol on a small area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the leather. If your water stains are particularly stubborn, you can mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.

Apply the Alcohol

6. Use Vinegar to Remove Ink Stains:

Vinegar is another household staple that can be used to remove ink stains from your imitation leather furniture. Dab a clean cloth soaked in vinegar onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. You may need to apply pressure to the cloth to help lift the stain. Once the ink is gone, use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue and dry the area with a clean towel. If your leather is still wet, you can use a hairdryer on the low setting to speed up the drying process.

7. Try Nail Polish Remover for Tough Stains:

If vinegar doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, you can try using nail polish remover (non-acetone). Soak a cotton ball in the remover and hold it against the stain for a few minutes. Be sure to test the nail polish remover on a small area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the leather. Once the stain is gone, use a damp cloth to remove any residue and dry the area with a clean towel.

8. Try a Small Amount of Detergent:

If you have a tough stain that won’t seem to budge, you can try using a small amount of detergent. Make a solution by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of mild liquid dish soap with two cups of water. Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe away the suds.

9. Make a Paste of Cornstarch and Water:

Cornstarch is another effective way to remove stains from your imitation leather furniture. Simply mix cornstarch and water to form a paste, then apply it to the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a clean cloth. If your leather is soiled, you may need to repeat this process a few times. Make sure you use a dry cloth to remove any residual moisture the next time you wipe away the paste.

Use Cornstarch to Remove Stain

10. Hire a Professional Upholstery Cleaner:

If you still have trouble removing stains from your imitation leather furniture, it’s time to call the professionals. A professional upholstery cleaner will have the tools and knowledge necessary to clean your furniture quickly and effectively. When hiring a professional upholstery cleaner, ask about their experience cleaning imitation leather. This will ensure that your furniture is in good hands.

Some Helpful Tips and Advice:

  1. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to avoid scratching the surface.
  2. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners as they may damage the material.
  3. For tougher spots, use a mild soap and water solution.
  4. Always test a small area before cleaning the entire piece.
  5. Allow the item to air dry completely after cleaning.
  6. Keep your imitation leather clean and conditioned by regularly wiping it down with a damp cloth.
  7. Use a leather protectant to help keep your piece in good condition and prevent staining.
  8. Avoid exposing your imitation leather to direct sunlight or extreme heat, which can cause fading and damage.

With these tips in mind, you can keep your imitation leather looking neat for years to come!

How Do You Clean Dirty Faux Leather?

To start cleaning dirty faux leather, gently wipe the leather with a soft, dry cloth to remove any surface dirt. You can use a slightly damp cloth if the leather is very dirty. Then, make a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts water and vinegar or water and rubbing alcohol.

Make a Cleaning Solution

iph a clean cloth in the solution and wring it out so it’s damp, not wet. Afterward, wipe the leather down with the damp cloth, going with the grain. Finally, dry the leather off with a clean, dry towel. If you’re cleaning a piece of furniture like a couch or chair, you’ll want to vacuum it first to remove any loose dirt and debris.

Then, follow the steps above to clean the faux leather. If your faux leather is looking dull, you can try shining it up with some furniture polish. Simply apply a small polish to a soft cloth and rub it into the leather in a circular motion. Let the polish dry for a few minutes, then buff it off with a clean, dry cloth.

If you have any tough stains on your faux leather, you can try rubbing them with a mild soap or detergent. Just be sure to test the soap on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the leather.


Imitation leather is often a popular choice for upholstery and furniture because of its low cost and easy care. However, imitation leather can be difficult to clean if not cared for properly. In this post, we have provided tips on how to clean imitation leather, so it looks and smells fresh again. 

So, there you have it! Everything you need to know to clean imitation leather. Following these simple steps will make your furniture and accessories look good as new in no time. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below; we’d love to hear from you!

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Matt Clark

Hi, this is Matt, and I am a leathercraft hobbyist. I have been working with leather for quite a bit of time. When I was a teenager, my father taught me the basics of leathercraft. Along the way I have learned a lot of things about leather work leather items, restoring leather, and creating leather accessories. I started this blog to share my knowledge of leatherworking with others and help people learn about this amazing craft. I also wanted to create a community of like-minded people who could share ideas and support each other in their leatherworking journey.

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