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How To Clean Vegan Leather: Purse, Bag, Bots and more

To keep your new favourite vegan accessory looking its best, here are our top tips for how to clean vegan leather. Whether you are new to finding cruelty-free alternatives or if you have been vegan a while and are just looking for a quick guide to keeping your vegan leather looking fresh, this is the only post you'll need.

Here at Ulvmand we know exactly how to create one of a kind high-quality vegan leather accessories that can last you for years, with proper care. These tips will help you breathe life into older faux leather pieces and sustain wear for your newest wardrobe and office additions.

As a sustainable conscious brand and believe that living a minimalist and eco-friendly life should encompass our everyday choices. From what we choose to serve on our plates to the materials we create our clothes with. Veganism is about consuming non-animal products and purchasing sustainably. We produce only the highest quality pieces for your wardrobe and desk so you can use them for many years to come. Investing in high-quality accessories is one way we can reduce our consumption but we also want these items to look as new and beautiful as the day you took them home.

This post is your ultimate guide on the best way to clean vegan leather, protecting your items from damage, and best storage practices. So you know exactly how to keep your new Ulvmand purchase looking its best for many years.

This post is all about how to clean vegan leather.

How To Clean Vegan Leather

Vegan leather can be made using a variety of plant-derived materials, such as cactus, hemp, cotton, wood, seaweed, beach tree, soy, and coconut shell fibre. These materials and the innovative processes used to create faux leather can create a material that looks and feels great without contributing to animal suffering. There is no wonder the vegan leather market is soaring in popularity, as people make the swap to cruelty-free and more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Vegan leather is certainly a kinder alternative to using animal-derived leather. However, although vegan leather is typically more environmentally friendly, this statement can not be held true for all faux leather materials. Here at Ulvmand, our stylish accessories are expertly handcrafted using cactus. Unlike some other materials used to produce vegan leather, cactus is a sustainable material. In fact, the cactus farm acts as a natural carbon sink. The cactus is grown using rainwater. When of age the mature leaves are cut and dried in the sun. The cactus we use is grown on an organic farm, ensuring no herbicide or pesticide use. Arguably, another important factor when producing vegan leather is preserving biodiversity. Therefore, sourcing our cactus leather from an organic farm was non-negotiable. As well as being eco-friendly to grow and process into leather, the farm also ensures all material from the cactus is distributed to the food industry, to reduce overall waste in the production process. We pride ourselves on using this sustainable raw material to produce only the best quality pieces for your wardrobe and office, believing it is best to invest in what you love and care for it. Our elegant products are classic and stylish and stay beautiful, even after years of heavy use.

Here are the basics of caring for your new vegan leather purchases. Feel free to message us on Instagram to chat more about looking after your Ulvmand accessories.

Protection and Prevention

Although faux leather can look remarkably similar to leather, the protective measures you put in place will work very differently. Vegan leather can be protected using certain oils and conditioners, to add a barrier layer. This prevents scuffs and allows the vegan leather to be cleaned with ease.

How To Clean Gently

With all vegan leather materials, it's best to clean off dust and dirt regularly, using a soft cloth. Warm water is all you need to give your pieces a gentle reawakening on a weekly basis. If you need to get into some hard to reach areas or work with a textured surface, try using a Q tip or an old toothbrush. Used toothbrushes can make great cleaning tools, after being properly cleansed. The softened bristles will allow you to work into corners and over uneven surfaces without causing further marks.

Clean Away Stubborn Scuffs

If warm water isn't quite doing the job, add a little hand soap or washing up liquid to break down the dirt. It is always best to stick with a soft cloth and take your time when using a mild cleaning agent. Do not rush or use an abrasive cloth with harsh chemicals, as this can lead to permanent damage to your items.

Moisture and Condition

There is no need to fork out for a designated faux leather conditioner. Baby oil can work wonders. Simply add a penny size amount to a dry microfibre cloth and wipe evenly over the surface. After application, leave to air dry. This will bring your item back to life and reduce the chances of the piece drying out, which may cause visible damage.


Ideally, items should be stored away from sunlight and heat sources. Sun exposure and direct heat can dry out the faux leather material, causing unwanted cracks and reduce an items life. Try to give your items room to breathe in your wardrobe, and avoid overcrowding them. Stacking bags, belts and purses into small spaces can alter the shape or may result in undesirable scratches. To reduce the risk of hardware induced damage, consider a suitably sized dust bag to increase the longevity of your items.

Quick-Fire Tips

  • Do not stretch the leather. Overfilling your bags or keeping too many receipts in your purse can damage the material and cause the item to lose its shape.
  • On the other hand, aim to fill your shoes, handbags and purses when in storage to prevent slouching. This can also cause the item to misshapen, which may lead to surface cracks later down the line.
  • Do not store your vegan leather belts and bag straps in coils. Instead, hang them or lay them as flat as possible, without bends, to prevent creasing.
  • Never use bleach. As mentioned, you do not want to dry out the surface of your faux leather items so bleach is something to keep far away from.
  • To prevent permanent staining, act fast. Wipe any stains as soon as possible to minimise damage.

This post was all about how to clean vegan leather.

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