How to Clean Faux Leather

How to Clean Faux Leather


You may be wondering about the difference between faux and real leather. The latter is created from animal hides like buffalo, cattle, oxen, and sheep, among others. On the other hand, faux leather is a synthetic material from plastic that’s treated with wax, polyurethane, or dye to enhance color and emulate the texture of the authentic one.


How to Clean a Faux Leather Couch

How to Clean a Faux Leather Couch


There are many homemade cleaning solutions that you can apply in cleaning faux leather. But before trying any of these solutions, you should try them first on an inconspicuous part of the couch, like its back panel or below its armrest cover.


Liquid dish soap may also be effective in cleaning faux leather. Mix two teaspoons of liquid dish soap with a cup of warm water. Then pour this into an empty spray bottle and spray the solution on the stain. Using cotton balls, rub the stain lightly in a circular motion. Once the stain has been removed, get rid of the leftover soap residue by wiping the couch with damp fabric.

If those two solutions don’t work, you can try cleaning the faux leather couch with distilled white vinegar, which is an excellent stain remover. Mix a cup of distilled white vinegar with a half cup of lukewarm water and pour this into an empty spray bottle. Spritz the solution on the stain and rub it with a lint-free cloth until the stain has been removed.

You can also use a mild detergent in cleaning faux leather couches. But you’d want to use only mild detergent and not one with harsh chemicals as the faux leather may get damaged. Mix one-half cup of mild detergent with one cup of warm water and fill it on an empty spray bottle. Shake the solution well and spritz this on the stain. Wait for 3 minutes before scrubbing the area with a dry fabric.

You may also combine vinegar and olive oil to get rid of stubborn stains or mildew on a faux leather couch. Combine two cups of vinegar with a cup of olive oil and mix it well in a bowl. Dip a microfiber towel into this homemade solution and squeeze the excess liquid. Gently rub it on the stained part of the couch and repeat this if necessary.

Finally, you may use baking soda to get rid of stubborn stains and oil on a faux leather couch. It can also help in removing unwanted odors from the couch. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected part of the couch and then leave it overnight. Wipe it out with a wet towel the next day.

How to Clean Faux Leather Shoes

How to Clean Faux Leather Shoes

But how do you clean other things made of faux leather-like shoes?


For scuffs on faux leather shoes, you’ll need a soft cloth and petroleum jelly. Apply a dab of petroleum jelly on the affected part of the shoe and then buff it using the soft cloth. To restore its old shine, sprinkle glass cleaner and then buff it using the soft cloth.

How to Clean a Faux Leather Bag

How to Clean a Faux Leather Bag

You can also clean faux leather bags with common items you’d likely find at home. Faux leather handbag is usually a plastic or vinyl material that looks like it is made of real leather.



Faux leather may not be the real thing, but there are lots of reasons why it’s widely used in handbags, couches, and shoes, among other items. It looks and feels like real leather. It’s also way cheaper and easier to maintain.