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How to Get Creases Out of Pleather

Remove the wrinkles from pleather before you begin a project.
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Pleather comes in different thickness and is used by crafters to construct garments or upholstered furnishings. This fabric lends the look of leather to crafted items such as pants, coats, and handbags, but it's easier to clean and maintain than the leather it impersonates. Improper storage of pleather can lead to wrinkles that must be removed before you can begin a project.

Things You'll Need:

  • Spray Bottle
  • Warm Water
  • Shower Curtain Rod
  • Clothes Line (Optional)
  • Towel
  • Iron
  • Tub

Hang Dry Method

Fill a tub with warm water and soak your pleather fabric. Remove the fabric from the tub when it is saturated.

Take the shower curtain off the shower rod in your bathroom. If you don't have a shower rod, hang a temporary clothes line over the bathtub. Pleather can absorb a lot of water, so hanging it over the bathtub prevents extra clean-up. Wipe the fabric to smooth out the wrinkles.

Rub the pleather surface of the fabric with a towel to remove water. Water drops are known to leave spots on some types of pleather.

Hang the pleather fabric over the shower curtain to dry. Depending on the thickness of your pleather, drying time can extend to several hours.

Iron Method

Mist the fabric backing on your pleather with tap water. The fabric shouldn't become saturated.

Turn your iron to its lowest heat setting. A high heat setting will cause warping and burn-through on pleather.

Iron the fabric backing of the pleather. Hang up the pleather fabric and let it cool.


Hang up pleather fabric in a closet to prevent wrinkles. Roll pleather up instead of folding it for an additional storage option.


  • Don't dry pleather in the dryer. High heat will cause warping and wrinkles on pleather.
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