Leather bags can be strong, long-lasting luggage, and they look great. Whether the bag is a purse or a travel bag, most are made from top-grain leather that has a protective finish. Even with this protective finish, however, leather bags of all kinds require care to keep them looking and functioning their best. Leather may stain or even rip if handled roughly or cleaned and stored improperly. In addition, care around moisture is essential. Look below to learn how to take care of leather bags.
Caring for a Leather Bag:
Store them. Store leather bags properly when not in use. They should be kept out of direct sunlight and in a closet or other area with good airflow and low humidity. Sunlight may fade and dry out leather. High humidity can lead to mildew on leather luggage.
Waterproof them. Spray leather bags with a water-repellent protective spray before using them in rain or high humidity. Although many types of leather bags are treated during the manufacturing process, this additional protection may prevent water spots and stains. Remember to spray the straps as well.
Pack leather bags carefully. Keep caps on pens and other pointed items, as these may indent or tear the lining of leather bags. Put lipstick and other potentially staining items in protective cases rather than keeping them loose your bag. Also, do not overload your bag. Placing heavy items in a leather bag may cause the straps or handles to stretch or break.
Keep them clean. Clean dirt, food crumbs and other potentially staining substances from the bag soon after you return home. This will prevent the substances from being ground into your bag’s liner.
Clean them. Clean leather bags with leather shampoo when they look soiled. Use leather protection and conditioning cream or spray on the bag at least twice a year, more often if you use your bag daily.
Leather Care Tip:
- If you live in a climate with high humidity, store your leather bags in boxes with a silica gel desiccant or use a dehumidifier in the storage area to keep humidity down.