5 Tips to Handle Your Leather Bag With Care
Leather bags are classic, durable, appealing and costly. They can last for decades if maintained properly, but like all bags these designer luxury bags can age and wear out. Considering the investment you made, you want to ensure the bag lasts and you can use the bag for many years.
You also want to prevent scratches, dirt and dust, and damage to your bag. Caring for your leather bag will help to maintain your leather bag and keep it in good shape. Through proper maintenance you prevent the bag from drying out, cracking, and losing its texture.
Here are some essential tips to handle your leather bag with care:
Always handle the leather bag with clean hands. The leather can absorb grease and oil that can damage the material. Ensure to wipe the surface of the bag with a white cotton cloth in circular motion. Do not use too much water or any cleaning product that is not recommended for leather bags. Remove stains as soon as you notice one. Some common stains include food, ink and water stains.
2. Regular Cleaning
A leather bag requires a thorough cleaning with specialized products every two or three months. After cleaning the bag, allow to air dry before putting it away in storage. Avoid removing stains and dirt with too much pressure as high pressure can remove the finish and damage the leather. Leather can stain easily even with water. Removing stains is possible. A quick wipe will help to keep the leather bag in good condition.
3. Cleaning Products
There are specific cleaning products that are gentle for leather material. They are non-toxic and can penetrate deep and hydrate the fibres inside out. These cleaning products can help to remove the toughest dirt and stains. Some product applications can last for over six mouths such as the Leather Honey Cleaner. Buying a specialized cleaning product for your bag will be a wise choice as you are assured that the bag will not be damaged during the cleaning process.
There are leather conditioners available that penetrate the leather and restore the natural oils of the leather material. Always try a small unseen area of the bag before you apply the product on the entire bag. This will allow you to check the product’s reaction or if there is any change in colour. If after 24-hours the product has not caused any reactions, you can start to apply the product on the entire bag.
4. Storage and Preservation
Proper storage can help to prolong the life of the bag. Stuff the bag with bubble wrap or paper to restore and maintain the shape of the bag. If you are planning to store the bag for a long time, keep the buckles and straps released to prevent any rubbing or permanent creases. Keep the bag stored in a clean and dry area. Generally these bags come with a protection cover at the time of purchase. Use this protection to preserve the bag.
5. Weather and Extreme Temperatures
Heavy heat and cold can quickly damage or affect the life of the leather. Avoid carrying the leather bag in the rain. Water on the bag can leave a mark even after the water has dried up. Keep it out of hot temperatures as heat can cause pigmentation and peeling. Cold temperatures can damage the natural structure and fibers. It can also cause cracking. Additionally, sunlight can result in fading leather. Most leather bags are designed to withstand some of these conditions such as sunlight impacts, but it is always good to be safe than sorry.