Seal artificial leather to keep it elastic and soft

The top layer of synthetic leather is made of plastic. To achieve the necessary elasticity, formability and softness, chemical softening agents are added to the top layer. Over time, these substances evaporate. The regular sealing of artificial leather restricts the evaporation and maintains the properties longer.

Properties of the sealant

When sealing a synthetic leather surface, an airtight protective film is applied to the surface. He does not penetrate into the cover layer of plastic, but lies down over it. Important in choosing the sealant is therefore the abrasion resistance after drying.

The sealant must withstand the abrasive and wiping stresses that occur during use. Since the sweat of artificial leather is almost unavoidable, even elevated temperatures and greasy sweat must not dissolve or dissolve the seal.

Maximum new condition recoverable

Unlike some manufacturers claim, the elastic properties of imitation leather can not be improved. The subjective perception of the improvement is always limited to a return to the initial state. High quality sealants can give the impression of penetrating the surface. This effect is created by a particularly adhesive substance, which also uses the bumps as a primer, especially in roughened surfaces.

The durability of an artificial leather sofa is extended by the regular and timely sealing by up to one third. Typical signs of aging in the loss of plasticizers such as crumbling or dissolution are delayed without being completely avoided. When maintaining the leatherette sofa, the intervals specified by the manufacturer of the seal manufacturer should be observed. Often they are also dependent on the intensity of use of the sofa.

High quality sealants "stain" the saturation of the protective film. A "too much" does not harm the artificial leather, but can settle on clothing and skin.

How to seal your imitation leather sofa

  • sealant
  • Wipe or sponge according to manufacturer
  • vacuum cleaner
  • toothbrush

1. Pre-cleaning

Absolute absence of grease and dust is a prerequisite for a functionally perfect seal. Also consider wrinkles and seams that you should use with a toothbrush or vacuum cleaner.

2nd order

Apply the Verseigelungsmittel according to the manufacturer.

Tips & Tricks

If you press the imitation leather pad with your thumb and the "rocking back" of the material is delayed, it starts to lose plasticizer. At least now you should seal fresh.

Video Board: Finishing Techniques for Faux Leather with Melissa Cable