Warm (Cracked) Leatherette
August 30, 2012 2:53 PM Subscribe
How do I keep a leatherette sofa from cracking (and deteriorating)?
posted by yellowcandy to home & garden (3 answers total)
I bought a white, leatherette sofa (that I asked a previous AskMe question about here: http://ask.metafilter.com/102453/Warm-and-Stained-Leatherette) four years ago. It's quite possibly my favorite sofa, ever. It's also a fantastic bed.
The problem is that, after four years of use, the leatherette fabric is cracking in places and flaking off, leaving little vinyl shreds around the places where the deterioration is the worst.
I don't want to save the original sofa--it's too far gone for that. But I'm replacing it with a new one, and while the cost isn't the biggest issue here, I am not happy with the waste. I'll donate the old sofa, but I want to keep the new one in good shape for a lot longer than four years. That seems far too short a lifespan for a sofa (especially one I love).
So how do I keep the fabric from cracking after a few years? Are there tricks, tips, products I can use, even?