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How To Clean A Faux Leather Chair

How To Clean A Faux Leather Chair

how to clean a faux leather chair

Faux leather chairs deliver the supple feel and elegant aesthetic of leather at a more affordable price. Here’s how to clean your faux leather chair in a way that prevents cracks and preserves the color depth.


Vacuum Weekly to Prevent Cracking

Every week, vacuum your faux leather chair with a soft upholstery brush attachment. Then, clean the cracks and seams with a crevice attachment. This process removes dirt, dust, and larger pieces of debris before they damage the surface or cause the material to split.


Wipe Down Upholstery With a Mild Dish Soap

After you vacuum, make a solution of warm water and gentle dish soap. Avoid soaps with strong antibacterial agents, dyes, or grease-fighting agents, which can dry out the surface of the faux leather.


  1. Use the mixture to dampen a clean, soft cloth, and wipe down the surface using gentle pressure.
  2. Remove the solution with a clean cloth dipped in water and finish up by drying the chair with a clean cloth.


Microfiber cloths are a gentle option, but you can also use a rag or washcloth. As a rule, it’s best to avoid scrubbing when cleaning artificial leather.


Remove Stains With a Rubbing Alcohol Mixture

Since faux leather has low porosity, it doesn’t stain easily. If you find a stain, mix one part rubbing alcohol and one part water. Use a clean cloth to rub the stain lightly. Wipe off the residue with a wet cloth and dry the area.


Moisturize Faux Leather to Prevent Drying

When your chair starts to look dry, moisturizer can help ward off cracks and splits. Choose a product that’s formulated for faux leather and test it on the underside of the chair first. After the test, check carefully for any signs of fading, cracking, or color shifts. If it’s safe to proceed, apply the moisturizer to the upholstery and wait for it to absorb completely before sitting down. If you live in a dry climate, you may need to repeat this process every few months.

Although the two materials look similar, artificial leather is made with synthetic materials; as a result, it requires a different type of care and cleaning. Check out our full guide to Chair Materials for more details on each type.