How to clean and maintain your leather bag or purse?
Our bags are durable and designed to be portable, so if you get them dirty, which often happens, you need to know how to properly care for them. Bags are made of high quality leather, resistant to scratches and water. In addition, all interior surfaces are lined with soft micro-suede, which can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and air dried.
Here are some tips on how to clean your bag correctly.
- Start by cleaning the bag inside and outside, creating a foam with the cleaning solution, and massaging it into the bag.
- Leave to dry for a couple of minutes before applying the protection cream. Take extra care with the handles, corners, and frequently touched areas. You then leave this to dry for ten minutes before buffing off any excess.
- This process takes no more than 15 minutes and could save you a fortune on restoration treatment in the future - it will also keep the value in your bag, getting the most out of your purchase.
- If you have a light-coloured bag or if it’s a very absorbent leather, you may want to repeat the protection process a couple of times to really look after those easily stained leathers.
- If you don’t have time to do the full bag, focus on the main areas such as the handles. Giving them a quick wipe down will keep them looking fresh for longer.
Things to remember when cleaning your leather handbag
Top tips from the pros:
STICK TO A PROPER CLEANER
Never use baby wipes, vinegar, or any other 'home remedy' for cleaning or stain removal. Many of these products have chemicals and substances in them that can cause damage to the colour, dry the leather out, create a build-up of grease, and any number of other problems.
ALWAYS SPOT-TEST A CLEANING METHOD BEFORE USING IT
Preferably somewhere on the inside of the bag that can't be seen by prying eyes.
THE KEY TO REMOVING INK MARKS IS TO TREAT THEM STRAIGHT AWAY
Your first and best bet is to take your bag to see a professional as soon as possible. If you're unable to, try a special ink removing product for leather and follow the care instructions, making sure to condition the area afterwards and leave it to dry properly.
IF THE INK STAINS ARE OLD...
Don't try to remove these yourself. They will likely be too stubborn and will need professional care.