How to Get Wrinkles Out of Faux Leather

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Things You'll Need

  • Dryer

  • Ironing board

  • Towel

  • Iron

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Faux leather is used in everything from costumes to fine apparel and accessories. Made to mimic actual leather, it is often preferred over actual leather because it is affordable and animal conscious. Faux leather items that have been stored for long periods of time, or items just out of the box, often have wrinkles and creases, however. You can remove wrinkles and creases safely by briefly popping your faux-leather item in the dryer and by ironing it with a towel placed between the iron and the item.

Step 1

Place your item in the dryer for 60 seconds. It is important to not overheat the faux leather, as this can cause the material to warp or even melt. If your faux leather has fabric backing, overheating can also cause the adhesives to break down.

Step 2

Hold the item up and let it cool for a few seconds. Place the item in the dryer for an additional 30 seconds.

Step 3

Hang your item immediately after pulling it out of the dryer. Allow the warmth and the weight of hanging to naturally relax the material.

Step 4

Iron the item if after a few hours of hanging there are still some wrinkles. To iron it, place your item on an ironing board and cover it with a towel. Iron over the towel with the iron set to a low, steam setting. If your item has fabric backing, do not apply too much heat and iron only on the front side. Iron in brief intervals and allow the material to cool in between. More heat can be applied if your item does not have fabric backing.

Step 5

Hang your item immediately after ironing. Allow it to hang at least overnight. The item can also be hung in the bathroom, where the steam and warmth generated will help relax any remaining wrinkles.

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Mason Howard

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.