Keeping leather bags looking their best doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Every other day, wipe down your piece with a soft, dry, or slightly damp cloth. Then, once or twice a year, remove dirt buildup by wiping down the surface with a leather cleaner. After a thorough once over, apply a high-quality leather conditioner with a soft sponge or cloth. Massage the conditioner onto the entire surface, then wipe off any excess with a clean, dry cloth. If you live in a dry climate, we actually recommend doing this every couple of months to maintain the leather’s moisture using quality care products. If your climate is more humid, every 6 months to a year will suffice. Interested in learning how to make your own leather conditioner? Check out our blog for a simple 5-step solution.
How to Care for Wet Leather
You forgot your umbrella — again. Or maybe the weatherman got it wrong — again. Either way, your favorite leather bag may be exposed to the elements from time to time, so it’s important to know what to do next. First things first, invest in a few high-quality leather care products.
Then, gently wipe off any leftover water and allow the leather to dry naturally to the point where it’s damp, but not completely dry. And by all means, do not apply unnatural heat from a blow dryer or similar tool. While the leather is still damp, apply a coat of leather conditioner. Use a soft, clean cloth to massage the conditioner into the leather. Leave it to dry for several hours or overnight. The conditioner will soak in and help replenish the stripped oils. If the leather still seems overly dry in places, apply additional conditioner to those areas and buff the entire surface of the leather. For more leather care information, read our blog to get the exclusive secret behind a DIY leather cleaner, and find out what 4 steps you should be following when caring for your pieces.
Removing Stains from Your Leather
Getting rid of a tough stain can be tricky, especially when it’s stuck to your quality leather messenger bag or briefcase. It’s always important to treat stains as soon as possible—and we cannot stress this enough: always do a spot test. If your spot test doesn’t give you a safe result, or if you’re dealing with a large or particularly difficult stain, it will be worth your time and money to take your leather bag to a professional leather cleaner for stain removal as soon as possible—they’re assortment of leather care products will come in handy and should get you squared away pretty quickly. Uncover other details about removing stains from your leather bags by reading our blog.