skip to Main Content
0191 2090560 help@theleathermob.com

How To Look After Leather

Everybody knows that if you look after leather, you’ll make sure it lasts for longer.

A good quality leather handbag can be the most durable accessory you’ll ever have. If you wear your handbag daily, it can eventually get a little bit dirty or ruined. To avoid this, all you have to do is to follow some simple steps. This way, you’ll look after your leather goods and keep them in great condition for many years to come.

how to look after leather tips and advice

Cleaning your leather handbags

If you’re dealing with an extremely delicate leather piece, if you don’t want to take any chances cleaning it yourself, it’s best if you rely on professional leather cleaners. This service is often also offered by dry cleaners.

In most cases, you should be able to look after your leather handbags by cleaning them at home even just following some simple instructions.

Stains

It’s important to get rid of any potential stains before starting to clean your bag.

If you’re dealing with an ink stain, start by dampening a cotton swap with running alcohol and work from the outisde to the indise of the stain. To avoid the ink speading, try and keep your work area as small as possible. Once the ink starts to transfer onto the cloth, start blotting away with a damp cloth until the ink is gone. After the treatment, allow the handbag to air dry away from direct sunlight and heat sources. You can use a leather conditioner once dry to keep the leather smooth.

Most types of stains such as blood, wine, and food, can be cleaned off your leather handbag with a paste. You can use a professional cleaning paste or make one by mixing together one part tartar with one part lemon juice. Apply the paste to the stained surface, let it sit for ten minutes and then wipe it off.

Chalk powder is also great against the tough stains of food, mud, and other organic compounds. Apply the crushed chalk powder on the stain for a couple of hours. Once the stain is absorbed, you can dust it off.

Hand washing

Once you got rid of any eventual stains, you can proceed to clean your bag.

First of all, make sure your hands are clean. You can briskly sweep your leather bag with a soft, dry cloth every week to avoid dust and dirt build-up. Make sure to frequently empty your bag, put all the recipts and candy wrappers in the bin (we see you!) and shake it to get rid of dust. You can use a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner attachment for a spotless result.

Then, you can use a special leather cleaner for a deeper cleanse once or twice a year. This is applied with a circular motion and wiped off with a slightly damp cloth to avoid clogging the leather pores.

Alternatively, you can use a microfibre cloth damped in soapy water with a gentle, scentless cleanser. Absorb any excess, then use a damp cloth with just warm water to rinse it, absorb excess moisture with a paper towel and finally let it air dry away from heat sources or direct sunlight .

Conditioning

To keep your leather handbag smooth and shiny, make sure to condition it once a year. You can do this by applying a special leather conditioner or, alternatively, youn can mix one part white vinegar with two parts linseed oil. 

Remember not to apply any conditioning product directly onto the leather surface: dampen a soft cloth with the condinioning product and rub onto the leather bag in small circular motions. Let the product soak into the leather for 15-30  minutes; then use a dry cloth to buff the leather bag to a beautiful shine.

Storage

If you’re not using the leather handbag frequently, store it. Let it dry completely if you have been cleaning it or conditioning it, then ease open the buckles and straps so impressions are released. Fill the handbag with bubble wrap so to help it retain its original shape. Store in a fabric bag, away from heat, humidity, sunlight, and dust.

More tips and warnings

  • Do not let water soak into your bag. Make sure to absord as much water as possible with newspapers and microfibre cloths. Do not use a hair-dryer to absorb water and do not let it dry to direct sunlight or heat sources such as radiators.
  • Make sure to keep cosmetics inside a pouch. Cap all pens and anything that leaks, possibly stored in a small pencil case to avoid spilling or damaging the fabric
  • Think about using a leather-specific protective spray or a waterproof one if you use your leather handbag daily.
  • Do not use waxes or silicone products, as they can clog up leather pores. refrain from using mineral spirits directly on the leather surface as they can discolor and dry out leather.

All of our bags are made of genuine Italian leather that is treated to have a unique vintage look.  This is what makes them smooth and soft but also durable at the same time.

Surely you are wondering, what about the Limited Edition customised bags? Do you need a special product to clean them to avoid damaging the paint? The answer is no! You can use any normal product for leather care, and rest assured that your bag will keep its special look. The limited edition handbags are painted using products that won’t come off with water or other products. They are just as durable as any other of our leather handbags. 

If you have any more questions or want to know more about how to look after your leather handbag or leather products, send us an email at hello@theleathermob.com or contact us via chat on our website.

Tips inspired by The Spruce and more.

Back To Top