How to clean & protect Artificial/Imitation leather

Imitation leather is also called "faux leather”, “synthetic leather”, “artificial leather” or “leatherette”. Synthetic leather in the furniture sector is a cheaper alternative to leather. The intense price competition, the attempt to copy the softness of real leather and the trend towards recyclable materials has significantly reduced the durability of artificial leather in the last years.

Undamaged imitation leather is easy to clean and maintain. Clean soiled surfaces with COLOURLOCK Cleaner for Artificial Leather with Sponge. In case of heavy soiling, let the product soak for a minute and also use the COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush to remove the dirt.

Protect the surface with COLOURLOCK Protector for Artificial Leather and Plastic. The surface gets an invisible protective film that prevents penetration of dirt and prevents the coating from getting damaged in the long run. These products are also available as COLOURLOCK Artificial Leather Cleaning & Conditioning Kit.

Sometimes older imitation leather and plastics lose their softness and become dry, brittle and break. This process can hardly be influenced. Regular cleaning and sealing delays this process.

Little cracks and rips can be filled and repaired with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. Then work over with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh to adjust colour and gloss level. This procedure also applies to cats scratches, as long as the damages are not too excessive and too strong. Protruding fibres can be glued down with COLOURLOCK Leather Glue and with a needle tip. Put a little amount of glue using a needle tip under the protruding fibres, dry with a hair dryer and press down the fibre. Excess glue can be wiped away in fibre direction with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit.

Big brittle and cracked surfaces are unrepairable. Such damage occurs often after 2 to 4 years in the contact areas. Such damage can only be repaired in the beginning. But as these damages worsen quickly, no real help is possible. Cover such areas with blankets to reduce the wear.

Preserve older imitation leather with Protector for Artificial Leather and Plastic. The Protector prevents soiling and reduces friction damages. The  Protector does not generate an artificial gloss. Apply evenly with a soft cloth and let dry.

Recommended products

Leather Cleaning Brush normal
The Leather Cleaning Brush is ideal for:  Using with the Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner to remove ingrained dirt Using with the COLOURLOCK Cleaner for Artificial Leather to remove ingrained dirt from vinyl or plastics Brushing up nubuck and suede Wet pre-cleaning of greasy areas before washing with LEDER FEIN Leather and Fur Wash Concentrate Polishing shoes and boots with COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver Amount: 1 piece. One brush is usually sufficient for cleaning a car interior or a set of furniture multiple times.Application areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Artificial leather, Pigmented leather, PU leather, Semi-aniline leather, Suede and nubuck leatherWith its durable bristles and high-quality wooden handle, the Colourlock Leather Cleaning Brush is great for removing dirt and stains effectively and gently from leather car seats, sofas, chairs, clothing and handbags. It can also be used to clean Alcantara and other Textile materials as long as it is used gently.
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US$5.40*
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Refresher for scratches
Leather Fresh Dye
Leather Fresh is a colour refresher (dye) for scratches, worn, or faded leather. Leather Fresh is ideal to refresh colour damages on car leather, furniture leather, leather garments and handbags. Do not use on porous leathers unless colouring the entire surface - it can make the surface appear patchy. It can be sponged on or sprayed using an airbrush.  Application Always test any products first on a hidden area to test for colour match!Firstly, clean the leather thoroughly and prepare the surface. Use Mild Leather Cleaner for normal degrees of soiling or Strong Leather Cleaner to remove heavier dirt (where the leather has been neglected for many years). Cleaning prior to treatment ensures the paint bonds to the surface well and ensures durability. Use Leather Cleaning Brush to effectively remove all ingrained dirt. Cleaning removes dirt but for long lasting results you should also de-grease using Leather Cleaning Spirit.Use a sponge to apply the colour evenly, working from seam to seam. Dry afterwards with a hair dryer. On small spots, a one application is sufficient. Apply multiple thin layers and dry each layer using a hair dryer.A day later, after it dries, apply Leather Protector. It gives the leather a good sheen and helps blend the repair. It contains antioxidants, which stops the leather's decay, and its UV filters protect the surfaces of old and valuable leathers from bleaching and fading. Also keeps the leather supple.  46 standard colours and prepare special colours according to sample or manufacturer name.
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Content: 150 ml (US$21.60* / 100 ml)

Variants from US$12.00*
US$32.40*
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Artificial Leather Cleaning & Conditioning Kit
The Artificial Leather Clean & Care Kit contains everything you need for the cleaning and care of strained artificial leather and plastic surfaces. 1 Artificial Leather Cleaner, 150 ml 1 Artificial Leather Protector, 150 ml 1 Leather Cleaning Brush 1 Cleaning Sponge This is usually sufficient for the treatment of one complete car interior or set of furniture.Application areas: Car Leather, Furniture LeatherFor: Artificial leather Area of applicationThe COLOURLOCK Artificial Leather Clean & Care Kit contains everything you need for the cleaning and care of strained artificial leather and plastic surfaces. Heavily soiled surfaces become clean again. Use the soft brush contained in the set to clean grained surfaces.The Artificial Leather Protector seals the surface, without adding gloss, reducing the chance of attracting fresh dirt and bleaching and guards against brittleness. ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour. Artificial Leather Cleaner: Apply the cleaner on a slightly moistened sponge and press the foam out of it. Clean the leather with the foam. Use the Cleaning Brush to remove dirt from the grain. Soak up the dirty foam residue with a slightly moistened and clean piece of cloth. Artificial Leather Protector: Apply thinly with a soft piece of cloth and let dry without polishing. One layer is sufficient. Repeat every three months on strained surfaces. Clean before applying to avoid soiling.

US$38.40*
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Fills cracks and holes
Fluid Leather
Fluid Leather is only recommended for damage where a filling is necessary. For scratches and general wear-and-tear on the colour surface we recommend smoothing the surface with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad and refreshing the colour with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh. The surface of COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather is smooth and shiny after drying. To hide the repair, apply COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh in the respective colour to the area. This covers the gloss of the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. Lightly dab the COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh several times with a sponge on the repair and dry with a hair dryer between layers until the desired covering is achieved. Degrease the repair area with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit in order to remove care product residue. Before starting any repairs with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather, smooth rough areas and scratches with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad  For hardened leathers, use COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather before any treatment with COLOURLOCK Old Leather Softener. This oily treatment would reduce the adhesion of the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. PROCEDURE Fill the damaged areas with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather and spread evenly with a spatula. Leave to dry for 1-2 hours, depending on the amount used. Repeat the procedure until the repaired area is as full and smooth as possible. COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather cannot be sanded dry. This would damage the repair.We recommend using the COLOURLOCK GLD Pen to smooth the repair. The GLD Solvent slightly dissolves the surface of the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather and provides a smoother finish.Open the lid of the COLOURLOCK GLD Pen and press down the felt tip several times until it is moistened. If the felt tip gets too moist, remove the excess quantity by cleaning it with a cloth. Smooth the repair area carefully with the moistened felt tip. When the repair area is wet with GLD, an additional treatment with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad can be done to smooth the repair area. Always work with a small amount of GLD to prevent the repair area from becoming too dissolved. Using GLD, a repair can be adjusted to achieve the best possible result.Professionals can repair the graining on a work area using a Repair Grain. Usually, old leathers are smooth and do not need a new graining.The tip of the COLOURLOCK GLD Pen can be removed and reversed when worn. Especially when working on a new colour, it is necessary to change or turn the felt tip upside down.Finally, repairs with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather must be recoloured with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh to balance differences in colour and gloss. In order to cover the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather sufficiently, the COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh should be dabbed onto the area several times and dried between the layers with a hair dryer. After 24 hours treat the leather with Leather Protector.  A HOLE WITH MISSING LEATHER Holes should be reinforced before repairing by gluing a thin piece of cloth underneath the hole with COLOURLOCK Leather Glue. Cut out a small piece of the original leather from a hidden area and adjust its shape according to the hole. Use the COLOURLOCK Leather Glue to glue it onto the piece of cloth and the edges of the hole. Close the visible rims with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. Leathers with big tears must first be examined in order to decide whether it would be better to replace the weak leather. Especially long tears in old and rough leathers, or in areas of high use, are often irreparable or not durable enough after a repair. We recommend the repair of tears only on stable leathers and only if the tear is no larger than a few centimetres.Procedure: Minor tears which are not under tension should be provisionally glued with COLOURLOCK Leather Glue from edge to edge. Then close the tear with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather, as explained.Tears under high tension should be backed by thin cloth. In the case of very large tears and/or very rough leathers, it is advisable to sew the leather with a thin but strong thread. Place a seam every 3-4 centimetres with the starting knot on the leather's reverse. Cover the thread with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather.If the leather is not too rough, drill a small hole to the right and the left of the tear (approximately 2-3 millimetres) and sew with a round needle. Lay the knot underneath and pull the tear together. Tears in areas of frequent use should always be replaced by new leather when they are too large; the same is true for weak or hardened leathers. In cases like these, it is more advisable to replace the leather.
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Content: 7 ml (US$35.14* / 10 ml)

US$24.60*
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Leather Glue solvent free
The Leather Glue is suitable to permanently glue all forms of leather and remains flexible. It's perfect for repairing small rips and tears in general repair work like sticking backlining cloths. Easy to glue hems on suede and leather clothing.Application Remove the pointed cap from the tube and apply a thin layer of glue. If required, spread with a spatula. Wait for a short while, then let the rips dry edge to edge, or glue the back lining - if possible - using pressure. Those larger rips and holes in leather which are still repairable must be stabilized by back lining them with cloth. Cut the cloth into the required shape and mark the centre with a felt tip pen or a small sticker. The marking helps you to recognize the centre in order to ensure consistent overlapping. Fix the centre with a needle and spread the edges evenly under the leather with a spatula. Then stick with glue. Garment leather is often very delicate. Apply the product especially thinly in order to avoid the glue coming through and showing as a dark spot on the leather's surface.

Content: 20 Gramm (US$78.00* / 100 Gramm)

US$15.60*
Cleaner for Artificial Leather with Sponge
Efficiently cleans heavily soiled surfaces. Apply Cleaner on a slightly moistened sponge and press the foam out of it. Clean the surface with the foam.Amount: 200 ml, 1 litreApplication areas: Vinyl, PU & Faux LeatherFor: Artificial leather ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour. Apply Cleaner on a slightly moistened sponge and press the foam out of it. Clean the surface with the foam. Use the Leather Cleaning Brush to remove dirt from the grain. Remove the dirty foam residue with a clean and slightly moistened piece of cloth.
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US$25.20*
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Protector for Artificial Leather and Plastic - Surface Seal and Protection
Faux Leather Protector and conditioner is ideal for use on synthetic leather, leatherette, PVC, vinyl and artificial surfaces dyed and treated to look like leather. Seals the surface and reduces soiling Protects the surface by reducing bleaching and brittleness Does not make the surface glossy Quantity sufficient to treat a whole car interior or furniture suite Amount: 150 ml, 1 litreApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture LeatherFor: Artificial leatherCOLOURLOCK Faux Leather Protector and conditioner is ideal for use on synthetic leather, leatherette, PVC, vinyl and artificial surfaces dyed and treated to look like leather. It can also be used on plastic surfaces, such as car dashboards. Apply a thin layer with a soft piece of cloth and let dry without polishing. One layer is sufficient. Repeat every three months on strained surfaces. Clean before use to avoid soiling.
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Content: 150 ml (US$14.00* / 100 ml)

US$21.00*
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