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3 Steps to Properly Care for Your Leather Bag

 

3 Steps to Properly Care for Your Leather Bag

 

  • A quality leather bag is the product of a centuries-old tradition performed by skilled artisans. As such, it deserves the utmost care. When asking how to care for a leather bag, your top 3 concerns ought to be properly cleaning, conditioning, and storing your bag. Here are a few tips we’ve learned along the way:

 

1. Clean

  • Always handle your leather bag with clean hands. Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oil.

 

  • Every other day, briskly sweep your leather bag with a soft, dry, or slightly damp cloth. (Do not use too much water; leather takes time to dry.)

 

  • Once or twice a year, remove dirt buildup by wiping down your leather bag with a cleaner made specifically for leather. Apply in a circular motion, and wipe off with a slightly damp cloth to avoid clogging the pores of the leather.

 

2. Condition

  • Leather conditioner is like moisturizer for your leather bag. Without it, the leather will dry out over time.

 

  • To prevent flaking and wrinkling, apply leather conditioner to a soft cloth and gently rub over entire bag.

 

  • Depending on the dryness or humidity in your climate, apply conditioner at least twice a year, up to once a month or so, to keep your leather bag soft and supple.

 

3. Store

  • Stuff your leather bag with bubble wrap or parchment paper (but not newspaper, as it will smear) to restore and hold its shape.

 

  • Place your stuffed leather bag in its original dustbag, and then store in its original box, along with silica gel packets to avoid dampness.

 

  • Air your leather bag once every two weeks to prevent mold growth.

 

  • That fine leather bag? It’s not just a leather bag. It’s the product of fine craftsmanship. May we honor the craftsmen by our care for their craft

 

 

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