10 tips for leather care
Find out how to care for your leather bags and handbags. Follow our tips on how to treat, protect and clean your leather bags. With proper care and cleaning your luxury leather bags should last a lifetime.
If your leather bag gets wet, dry it immediately.
As soon as your leather bag gets wet, from a spill, snow or rain gently blot the wet area. Never rub or use a hairdryer or any heat to speed up the process. It is okay to use place the bag in a room with the heat on as long as it is far enough away from your bag. Be sure to keep your bag out of direct sunlight to dry. To help your bag hold its shape and absorb moisture from the interior, place newspaper inside and allow it to bag to air-dry.
Always handle your leather bags with clean hands.
Because leather bags are prone to absorbs oils and grease, don’t handle your bag with unclean hands or after you have applied lotion or sunscreen.
Use a quality cleaner that is specifically made for leather.
These leather cleaners are designed to clean leather bags. Apply cleaner using a circular motion, then wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Make sure to wipe off all excess product so you don’t clog the pores of the leather. Cleaning your leather bag with a leather cleaner one or two times a year should keep your bag clean.
Condition your leather if it gets too dry.
Use a quality leather conditioner to keep your bag looking supple. Massage the product into your bag and using a clean cloth gently remove the excess.
Give your bag a quick clean a few times a week.
With clean hands use a soft, dry or slightly damp cloth wipe your bag. This simple habit only takes a minute and will help to prevent stains and buildup.
Test out your leather cleaner.
Always do a spot-test before applying a leather cleaner to your entire bag. Apply the cleaner somewhere on the inside of your bag that will not be visible if the cleaning solution doesn’t work out. Allow the cleaner to dry completely before reapplying.
If you get a stain on your leather bag, clean it ASAP.
First remove all the excess liquid, then blot the stained area with a damp cloth using warm water. Work from the outside of the stain inwards to prevent the stain from spreading. Use a high-quality leather cleaner to completely remove the stain.
Protect your bag from the sun.
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can damage your leather bag. It is best to keep your bag out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time to prevent damage.
Store your leather bag properly.
If you are not using your bag, store it in a place away from sunlight, humidity, heat, and dust. Preferably in a dust bag or fabric bag or box. If you don’t have one simply put it in a pillow case. Fill your bag with bubble wrap to hold its shape. If you are storing the bag long-term make sure all the buckles are open to prevent impressions. If you have just cleaned your leather bag allow it to dry completely before storing it.
Avoid improper cleaning products.
Don’t rely on home remedies, baby wipes, vinegar or other products that have not been formulated to be used on leather. These products can have chemicals or other substances that can damage your bag by affecting the color, drying out the leather, or causing a buildup of grease.