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About Faux Leather
As well as real leather you also have Faux or Fake leather. This is a man made product, designed to give the look and feel of real leather at a lower cost. Faux leather is very similar to Vinyl. It can be very hard to tell the difference from this and Protected leather as the finish is very much the same. The main difference is the quality and the durability of the final product. Faux leather is not as strong as real leather and tends to crack and split quite easily. It is easy to clean in the same way as protected leather but generally only has a third of the life expectancy of real leather, which is something well worth thinking about should you wish to purchase something that is made from this. Caring for faux leather is also not very easy as it is prone to cracking. Things like sunlight and applying products that can dry it up can speed up the process and once cracking starts it really isn't something that can be repaired.
This type of leather is easy to clean but you should avoid getting it to dry, and cleaning can dry it up, so conditioning it afterwards is a good idea.
How to Tell if its Faux Leather
There are lots of ways banded about on how to tell the difference between real leather and faux leather but in truth there is no real way to differentiate between the two unless you can see whats underneath. The underside of real leather is leather and faux leather is normally some man made material. We can normally tell by looking at it but the best way we have found it to test the strength and feel of it. Faux leather tends to stretch a lot more than real leather so by pulling at it you can normally tell.
How to Care for this Type of Leather
Faux leather is easy to clean with its protective surface but if you do its important to protect it afterwards, otherwise it will become dry, which can cause cracking or splits occurring.
Although its easy to clean, it is really best to avoid applying products to faux leather completely. Should it get dirty you can use a gentle cleaner on it and then apply a protective gel to protect it from the elements. Generally its a case of avoiding it getting to dry either by sunlight or by over cleaning it and not protecting it afterwards.
What Products are Available for this Type of Leather
If it gets dirty leather cleaner will remove all dirt no problem. If you do clean it always apply a conditioner afterwards to stop it getting to dry. Stain protection is a good way of protecting it from dirt and with a protective layer you can just use a wet cloth to remove dirt in most cases. This way you can keep it clean without over cleaning it.
The kits we supply also have brushes and cloths, which provides you with everything you need, including full instructions to shown you how to get the best from the products.
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