How To Store Faux Leather Pants And Avoid Ruining them

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Looking to avoid wrinkles, creases, tears, and even mold when you are hanging or storing your faux leather? If you want your pants to stay in good shape for longer, there are a few things you need to take into account, like humidity and dust. The type of hanger you use is also important. And folding faux leather pants or hanging them from garment loops can cause problems down the line. It’s a potential minefield! Luckily, we have all the tips you need to store your faux leather pants and protect them against staining, cracking and premature aging!

Key Takeaways

1.      Clean and condition faux leather before hanging and storing

2.      Avoid folding your faux leather pants

3.      Use correct hangers – padded, bar, clip

4.      Avoid hanging heavyweight faux leather pants by garment loops

5.      Do not use plastic garment covers – use cotton

6.      Ensure storage area is dry, clean and ventilated

How to Hang Faux Leather Pants

Faux leather pants should be hung on a sturdy hanger, either a bar hanger or clip hanger, to maintain their shape and avoid stretching or sagging of the fabric. (1) It doesn’t matter which one you choose, just make sure it’s strong enough to hold the weight of your pants without bending or breaking.

Wooden Bar Hangers

Bar hangers are great for leather pants and heavier faux leather fabrics, as they distribute the weight evenly without causing stretching or deformation.

Traditional wire or thin plastic hangers can leave permanent creases and marks on the material so opt for a thick padded or wooden hanger with a bar to support the weight of the pants without causing any damage.

How to use a bar hanger for faux leather pants

  1. Lay faux leather pants flat, fold them in half at the crotch seam with the front pockets on the inside and the back pockets on the outside.
  2. Keep pants legs straight and smooth out wrinkles with your hands.
  3. Fold the pants over the bar of the hanger. Your pants should be lengthwise with the cuffs (trouser hems) and waistband touching.
  4. Hang in a ventilated closed.

The Savile Row Fold: Prevent Faux Leather Pants Sliding on Hanger

The Savile Row fold is a technique used for hanging pants to prevent them from slipping off the hanger. (2,3) For this approach, you’ll need a standard clothes hanger. Our suggestion is that you choose a wooden or velvet hanger. However, whichever one you choose must have a horizontal roll bar.

  1. Place your hanger on the closet bar.
  2. For this method, you’ll want to grab your pants by the cuff and hold them upside down. Make sure to have one leg in each hand on either side of the hanger.
  3. Drape one pant leg over the horizontal bar so that the waistband is facing downwards, holding the cuff as you do. Pull the leg down over the bar until its cuff touches the crotch of your pants.
  4. Take the other pant leg and place it atop the bar, just as you did with the first side. Give a little tug downwards to secure it in place and ensure that both sides are hanging evenly.

Use Clip Hangers for your Leather Pants

Clip hangers are great for lighter faux leather fabrics, as they allow you to hang the pants by the waistband without putting too much pressure on the material.

Although clip hangers work well for lighter materials, avoid using clip hangers with heavy-weight faux leather as they may leave indentations on the fabric. Or, opt for a clip hanger with padded clips to provide extra support. Or even insert card, sponge and even tissue between the clips and the fabric to prevent marks.

How to use clip hangers for faux leather pants

  1. Simply clip the pants onto the hanger from the waistband
  2. To avoid indentation from the clips, fold a small piece of cardboard or tissue and place it between the clip and the fabric before hanging
  3. Avoid bunching up the fabric at the waistband, instead keep a smooth, straight line
  4. Hang in a ventilated closet

Avoid Using Garment Loops

If you don’t own bar or clip hangers you could use the garment loops which are sewn into the waist seams of the pants. However, unless the faux leather is very lightweight, similar to using wire hangers, using ribbon loops can cause stretching and sagging. The weight of the faux leather pants can cause the loop to pull out of the fabric seam, which can result in a tear.

Avoid Folding or Rolling Faux Leather Pants

Avoid folding or rolling your faux leather pants, as this can lead to creases and permanent damage to the material. Instead, hang them on padded hangers or use clip hangers to keep the shape intact.

If you don’t have the space to hang them, lay them flat on their side instead of folding them and avoid placing heavy items on top.

To get an idea of why you should avoid folding or rolling up faux leather clothes watch this Tik Tok from Christie Jay. The creasing is horrific!

Regularly Clean Your Pants

Before hanging or storing your faux leather pants, make sure they are clean and dry. Regularly cleaning your faux leather pants preserves the material and prevents any buildup of dirt or grime that could lead to discoloration or damage. And if you need to iron or steam your pants – use the lowest temperature setting.

Faux leather is susceptible to mold and mildew growth if left in damp or humid conditions for extended periods of time. If your faux leather pants do happen to get wet, allow them to air dry naturally.

Avoid Plastic Garment Covers

 Do not use plastic covers for storage, as this can trap moisture and lead to mold growth on your faux leather. To protect against dust and dirt, place your faux leather pants in a garment bag or cover them with a sheet before hanging them. Leave enough room around each item so it can each breathe and is not crowded.

If you want to hang items in fabric storage bags, first run them through the washing machine to get rid of dust and mold spores.

Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry Storage Space

Faux leather clothing should be kept in a clean, cool, dark, and dry place to protect it. So before using an area for storage, clean it thoroughly. Pick a spot that won’t get hot; stay away from areas near heat sources. A darker location away from the sun will stop fading. And a dry area is ideal to prevent insects or mold.

Final Tips for Storing Faux Leather Pants

Create Enough Space

If you want to maintain crease-free pants, hang them with a bit of space between the pant legs to avoid creasing.

Buy The Best Quality You Can Afford

Invest in high-quality faux leather pants, to begin with, as they will be better able to withstand wear and tear and maintain their shape over time.

Do Not Overload The Hanger

When hanging, be sure not to overload the hanger as this can stretch or tear the fabric.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Take In Faux Leather Pants?

Yes, you can take in faux leather pants, but it’s important to be careful when doing so. If you’re planning to have your pants taken in, it’s best to find a tailor who is familiar with working with faux leather. Some fabrics are more delicate than others and require special care.

Can I Use Detergent on Faux Leather?

Yes, you can use detergent on faux leather, but it’s important to use a gentle detergent that will not damage the material. Be sure to test the detergent on an inconspicuous area before washing the entire garment. (4)

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