Once you’ve invested a reasonable sum of money into an attractive looking leather bag, you owe it to yourself to make sure that it ages beautifully and gracefully over the years.
Taking care of leather items can be a tricky affair, and if you’re careless when it comes to cleaning them, there’s actually a lot of harm you can advertently do.
Before how to best clean your leather bag, we feel that some of these basic tips can go a long way in ensuring that your leather bag retains that beautiful patina so that it ages naturally over time:
A Few Starter Tips
It always pays to protect your bag with a high-quality protection cream. Apply it at least once every 2-3 months and you’re golden. Proper protection prevents grease penetration, staining and all kinds of issues down the line.
Don’t leave your bag out in the sunlight for too long like when you park your car or, for instance, near the kitchen window or out in the garden.
On to the “Good Stuff”: Cleaning Your Leather Bag
Let’s follow these 7 steps to cleaning our leather bag, shall we?
What we’re going to need
- ¼ cup distilled water
- Small spray bottle
- Small soft towel
- Microfibre cloth
- Baby shampoo or mild hand soap
- Mixing spoon
- A small brush with bristles at the opposite end
We recommend working a soft-bristled brush over your leather bag’s surface to gently remove dust or loose dirt.
Shake off any loose dust and also make sure that your bag is completely empty. Turn it upside down if you have to. Shaking it vigorously also gets rid of any leftover dust and debris.
Get a hold of the baby shampoo/mild hand soap and distilled water. Add just 2-3 drops of it into a quarter cup of distilled water. Mix thoroughly until you see a clear cleaning solution starting to form.
Time to transfer that cleaning solution into a spray bottle. But why a spray bottle, you might wonder? Simple: we need to make sure that the microfibre cleaning cloth does not get waterlogged as we certainly don’t want our leather to get saturated with too much water.
Be careful not to spray the solution onto your bag directly; rather, spray some on your microfibre cloth and proceed to the next step.
Use the dampened end of your microfibre cloth to wipe the bag in gentle, circular motions. You will start to see the dirt come off with every successive movement. Once you’ve cleaned the entire surface area of your bag, clean off the straps, flaps and buckles. Make sure to give the base a good cleaning as well.
Do not under any circumstances dry your bag in direct sunlight or even under a ceiling fan. Use a soft regular-sized towel to dry and beige it. Leave it be for a while and use as normal.
You’re all done! Have a look at our collection of luxurious leather bags made from 100% vegetal tanned leather.