Cover materials made from artificial leather are the low-cost alternative to genuine leather and are currently very trendy again. However, you need to know that artificial leather has nothing to do with genuine leather apart from the look that it imitates. Artificial leather is, moreover, a collective term for textile materials that are coated (usually on one side) with artificial leather, so that they imitate the look of leather. Depending on the kind of coating (usually PVC or polyurethane) significant quality differences result.
Why is artificial leather only cleaned, not cared for?
The cleaning and care of artificial leather furniture is considerably different from genuine leather: genuine leather is cleaned and then care lotion is applies to it. Artificial leather, however, is only cleaned and not cared for, because the softeners in the PVC artificial leather coating have undesired interactions with the fat-containing and oil-containing substances of a care lotion and could damage the surface. In addition, he coating cannot absorb the lotion. This would only leave an unattractive film on the surface.