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How to Clean and Care for Leather Bags

So, you’ve just gotten a new leather bag. Congrats! Now it’s time to learn how to get the most out of it. After all, you’re not trying to replace this one. This isn’t fast fashion! This is a piece… an investment that you’ve made. Learn to protect your investment by always following the steps below:
Step 1: Protect
I’m sure we’ve all experienced the dreadful feeling following a simple accident while out on the town with a brand new item. We can see it now. You’ve just stepped outside from your favorite coffee shop holding your precious café latte when your Christian Louboutins are snagged by a perfectly heel sized hole in the pavement. Your ankle twerks, your wrist jerks and your lovely latte is now streaming down your brand new Chanel. Yep, that just happened.
Don’t let that moment be the one when you remember to protect your bag. Protection starts before day 1.
The best protection products are, of course, the ones made for leather. Don’t try to protect your bag with just anything you can find around the house. Before you go on the hunt for the perfect product, check to see if the designer makes a cleaner for the bag you have. We recommend always buying this one if it is available. If not, try this leather bag protector by The Handbag Spa. Dermo Protect can be used on many different types of leathers and will protect against most common issues like denim dye, coffee and red wine.
Step 2: Follow Up
Now that you’ve protected your bag from everyday issues, you’ve got to make sure that protection lasts. Everyday wear and tear can cause the application to fade. Make sure you reapply your protection once a week if you use your bag often or before each use if you only use your item sporadically. If you feel more comfortable using a product on your bag daily, The Handbag Spa makes a great daily use 3 in 1.
Step 3: Lifelong Care
Over time, leather can lose it’s luster if it becomes dried out or damaged from the sun. Keep your leather plush with a leather conditioner. If your bag happens to become more damaged than you’d hoped for, you can also try saddle soap. Saddle soap is generally used as a shoe cleaner or a saddle polisher (hence the name) so it is particularly good for scuffs or other unsightly cosmetic flaws. It’s also great for lighter colored leathers!
Getting Rid of Odor:
Even with all the love you put into your pieces, over time your bag may have adorned a smell that you’re less than fond of. Luckily for you there are many ways to get rid of it.
1. Kitty Litter
Yep, having a furry friend can help you in more ways than just a good night cuddle. Buy kitty litter that has activated charcoal as an ingredient and place a small amount inside a fabric sachet. Place these sachets in all your bags and the smells are sure to be gone.
2. Baking Soda
We’re sure you’ve heard of keeping baking soda in your fridge, but did you know you can actually put those boxes of baking soda in your bags or in closets to take care of odors? Easy!
Other tips:
Bag Liners: Bag liners are a relatively new thing, but we like it. A bag liner is used to hold your belongings so that the inside lining of the bag does not become compromised. No more burst pen issues or hand lotions all over the inside of the bag that could possibly soak through to the outside, what a relief!
Purse Hanger: This one is for the really hardcore. If you really want to keep your bag away from harm… and the ground… you can purchase a purse hanger that will hang your bag off the edge of tables so that it doesn’t need to be placed on the ground or on table tops near possible spill scenarios!
Clean Hands: This one is kind of a no brainer, but in order to keep your bag clean you’ve got to keep your hands clean as well. Even hand lotion can stain leather, especially specialty leathers like suede.
Care During Storage: If the bag you carry has adjustable straps, especially those that contain metal, be sure to pull them all in and keep them inside the bag before storing. You wouldn’t want your Chanel to be marred by strap and buckle indentations. Also, make sure you keep the bag stuffed, in it’s original dust bag and inside it’s box each time you store it. It may be nice to look at the bag hanging up, but over time it can really take a toll on it!

We hope you’ve learned all you need to know about how to clean and care for your leather items. Let us know your must-know leather care tips or any must-have leather cleaning solutions for us to discover!

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