Our genuine leather handbags are our everyday allies. Real Ali Baba's caverns, they contain all our everyday products. Result ? The leather gets damaged and bad smells settle in. So that they find all their splendor, here are 20 tips to clean your bags in depth.
GENERAL TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR GENUINE LEATHER HANDBAG
For those looking for a short answers, here is the most important tip to know when cleaning your genuine leather treasure: Avoid use ammonia, or bleach based products as they can damaged the surface of you bag.
Instead, follow the general steps below to safely clean your real leather bag:
- Empty and shake the leather bag upside down to remove dust and debris
- Turn the lining inside out and clean using a lint roller or vacuum using the fabirc brush attachment
- Use a solution of warm water and dish soap to clean the leather parts. Dip a cloth into the solution, wing it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the bag. Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap
- Dry the bag with a towel
20 TIPS TO CLEAN YOU GENUINE LEATHER HANDBAG WITHOUT DAMAGING IT
Clean your bag once a week
Even if our bags are not necessarily worth the value of a Birkin bag, we still need to take care of them. To do this, mix mild soap with a little warm water and apply it to a damp cotton cloth. Use light circular motions to remove all traces of dirt.
Always wipe in the direction of the leather fibers.
Opposite movements may damage the leather and leave marks. So forget about baby wipes, vinegar or any other grandmother's homemade recipes. The components in these products can alter the color or appearance of the leather.
The key to removing ink stains
We know all those famous pen stains that invade our bag with each use. To get rid of them, you have to be very reactive and go see a specialist as soon as it happens to you. You can also get a leather cleaner by following the instructions carefully. Wipe the product well and let your bag dry in the open air.
Do not use water to remove grease stains.
Backpacks, banana bags or even handbags, no bag is safe from everyday tasks. For greasy stains, use a soft cloth and wipe the stain in a circular motion.
Invest in professional cleaning products.
For all stubborn and encrusted stains, these creams, used by leather specialists, should not be rinsed off, as this may further damage the material.
Make the right choice in your products
Choose specific products for each material. For nubuck, for example, a cleaning product for "all leathers" will be less effective than a targeted product for nubuck.
Do a test before use
Apply the product on a small part of the bag, preferably on the inside or underside, which will not be visible in case of failure.
Use clay stone
In extreme cases, the clay stone can revive the shine of your leather bag. With a damp sponge, apply the product in circular motions and then wipe it off with a cotton cloth.
When you've really tried it all
As a last resort, opt for the camouflage technique with shoe polish. Use a very small amount on the damaged area.
Be careful with the soap you use
Avoid overly aggressive leather soaps (generally reserved for equestrian equipment or furniture) which may strip the leather from your bag.
To get rid of bad smells
Everyday smells inevitably become embedded in the bottom of our bags. To remedy this, there are bag deodorizers that shield and refresh your bags.
Opt for baking powder
Place an open jar of baking powder wrapped in a pillowcase at the bottom of your bag for 24 hours. Result: a bag freed of its bad smells.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR GENUINE LEATHER HANDBAG ON A DAILY BASIS
Pad your bag when not in use.
The shape will thus remain intact and avoid flattening.
Do not leave your bag in the sun
As with all fabrics, too much exposure to the sun can alter the color and damage the material.
Avoid mixing dark clothes and light bags
Some clothes can stain on your light-colored bags and create dark streaks that are very difficult to remove.
Adopt the purse organizer
Ideal to place all your products and prevent them from being in direct contact with your bag. In the form of multi-compartment pouches, travel organizers also allow you to change your bag in the blink of an eye.
Avoid touching your bag after applying moisturizer
If you've just moisturized your hands, don't touch your bag or you'll leave grease stains.
Use your dust-bag
Beyond a nice packaging ultra instagrammable, the dust-bags provided with the bags, are of great use. Slide your bag inside to protect it from dust.
Find an alternative to the dust-bag
If your bag does not come with a dust-bag, don't panic, use a pillowcase, and that's it!