Once you have purchased your new item that is made with vegan rice leather, you may find yourself looking for ways to properly care for the items. Maintaining clothing and accessories in the correct way can extend their life span and ensure that you get the most from your purchase. Like all other materials, vegan leather requires ongoing cleaning and care to keep its appearance, help it to age well, and knowing all of the correct supplies and cleaning agents.
Due to the way in which the material is created, there are limits to how it can be cleaned. Asif Ali Gohar, who has created both rice vegan leather and the process that makes it, has some key guidelines on how to clean and care for your new clothing items. He recommends that you do not put it in the washing machine or dryer, and this is common for many leathers and leather like materials. Immersing it in water for any extended length of time can cause the material to wear faster and to become thinner before it would regularly do so. It should also not be cleaned using regular laundry detergent as that can create damaged spaces on the item and weaken the material. Items should be spot washed with a soft cloth and water, with a gentle cleanser if necessary. Baby shampoo or body wash is a gently cleaning agent that is created to not dry out the skin, making it safe for many other uses including spot cleaning clothing items that are easily damaged. After cleaning the item, it should be laid to dry on a flat surface on top of a towel or other absorbent material.
To store your new clothing item, Asif Ali Gohar recommends that you hang a jacket or shirt on a wooden hanger and to avoid metal hangers when possible. Pants or other items can be stored either hanging or folded in a drawer or closet. Items that are only used during some seasons can be stored in a dust cover, plastic clothing cover, or other cloth storage bag. This will prevent dust from gathering and protect it from other clothing rubbing against it and causing wear on the item.
By caring for your clothing and accessories you can increase the number of years that your items can be enjoyed. Keeping leather items dry and clean will prevent damage from occurring and will help to make them last longer. Vegan leathers are created to last several years and when cared for properly can last over a decade. Cleaning, storing, and even wearing your clothing with like materials, using only gentle cleansers, and avoiding water when possible will provide the best return on investment for your new items. As they wear over time with regular use they will gain character and become uniquely yours.