Keep Your Leather Bags In Great Condition For Every Season
Keeping the shape of your bag is one of the most essential things that you can do.
Bags that wrinkle from being folded will have a higher chance of leather scuffing and tearing.
There are a few tips and tricks to help you keep the shape of your bag.
To prevent the bag from losing shape you can put a small pillow or a rolled up towel inside. This will help the bag stay in shape. You can also put in some dryer sheets, they will also help with the shape and give the bag a fresh smell.
Leather bags need some attention, it is important that you learn how to clean your leather bag. Do not use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners! They can damage the surface of your bag. You should also go easy on the water too as it can leave stains on the leather.
Now let's continue with the tips. First of all, empty all of the pockets and shake the purse upside down to remove dust and debris. Try to clean it on the inside with a vacuum cleaner that has a brush extension.
To clean the leather, mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, or baby shampoo, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the purse. Use another soft cloth to clean off the soap and any water left. Also be sure to use a towel to further dry it out.
Stains will probably happen, even if you're extra careful. But we got you covered on this one, depending on the stain, you can use one of the following.
Grease stains can be simply wiped off of leather handbags or you can sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on spot. Rub it in gently, with a damp cloth. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight. The soda or starch will absorb the oil. Wipe off the powder with a soft cloth.
Ink stains can be removed from the purse by dipping a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol or a nail polish remover. Don’t rub, or you could make the ink spread. Blot gently until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.
Deep Stains, such as food, blood or wine should be cleaned off your leather purse with a paste. Mix together one part tartar with one part lemon juice and apply the paste gently to the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes; then wipe it off. Finish by cleaning and drying the handbag as described above.
When storing your bags, you should ideally use, as mentioned before, a pillow or something to fill your bag to keep it in shape.
Most importantly, keep your bags out of the sun and in a cool, dry place where the fabric can breathe. This prevents the leather from drying out and cracking. If your bag came with a dust-bag, make sure to use it!
Whatever you store it in, just do not use plastics and vinyl, they do not breathe and are moisture resistant – it actually traps wetness! What this means is that using plastic to store your bags may cause mold.
Do not put your bag on the ground! The floor is dirty, there is a whole world of germs and nastiness living there, so why place your precious handbag down there? Always try to place your handbag on the back of your chair, on your lap or on a neighboring seat.
You should avoid looping the handles over a doorknob or wardrobe door, it puts too much pressure on the handles and may cause them to tear and break, especially if your bag is full, so avoid doing that and your handlers will last much longer.
Use these tips and your bag will be in great condition.
Of course, this guide is by no means an exhaustive manual. Look to other excellent online resources for leather care advice, like the numerous dedicated bag forums like this one.
If you have any questions about keeping your handbag in top condition, let me know!