Kind reminder, our bags need the same care as our clothes!
A leather bag is an investment. You will give a considerable amount of money to get a branded bag that will last for many years. It is true in this case that, what you give is what you get! So it is sensible to consider protect that investment. It’s a pity to see yourself looking to buy a new bag in a couple of years, so take your precautions and follow those tips. You will keep your bag clean and for many years. Better than feel sorry for now doing so, right?
1) Take care from the first day
I recommend using special leather care products for the protection of the leather surface of the bag. This option is better, than trying to hide bigger marks due to bad use and lack of maintenance.
2) Clean it often
Either you have it for many years, either you just got it during sales, you should be cleaning your bag often. Even dry cleaning it with a piece of cloth, is enough, but in fact is you want to keep it in a mint condition for years you have to use special leather clean products every 2-3 months. You can find a special leather care kit for your bag in our store.
3) Trust only specialized cleaning products
Leather is a sensitive texture, so I wouldn’t recommend using detergents of unknown quality or those tips (e.g. vinegar) from Aunty Anna during your last Sunday roast Launch. All those chemicals are possible to contain chemicals that will ruin your bag and fade its color. You should trust special creams and water protect sprays for leather care.
4) Use special storage bags
While you are not using your bag, it is a good idea to put it in a special storage bag for a better protection. This way, you will avoid wear from dust and lighting. High quality leather bags usualy come with dust bags.
5) Keep it full
While it is important to keep it inside a storage bag, it is also recommended to keep your bag full in order to keep its shape. You can fill it with newspapers, old clothes, or generally something soft that you can use as a fill.
6) Try to avoid carrying a light colored leather bag with your new jeans
Right, you might not have imagined it, but there is a possibility for the denim to discolor on your bag. This will leave a very persistent stain that you can’t imagine! Just double check that your jeans are of a good quality and of course, washed in the washing machine several times.
7) Watch for leaks
A pen without a cap, a bottle of water, a lipstick or anything like that can harm your leather bag. Every time you drop things in your bag, make sure that those containing liquid or colors are sealed. A good tip is to have an extra mini bag for your cosmetics.
8) Avoid leaving your bag anywhere
This is quite obvious, try leaving your bag on the floor, especially when it is dirty. Who knows what is down there. Also try to avoid high heat surfaces (like a radiator) and direct sunlight for a long time. I am talking about long time and not going for a coffee! Speaking of sunlight, rain can alter the surface of leather. Just don’t overdo it. You can use special leather care kit so you can protect your bag from rain and dry from heat.