How to clean a leather bag.

It’s important that you understand how to clean a leather bag so that the hide is cared for and the lovely surface texture remains supple and lovely. If you don’t know how to clean a leather bag properly, you can actually damage the bag in the process.

Leather overnight bags and travel bags can do a lot of work and even your handbag is subjected to bumps, scratches and grime from regular use. Regular and careful cleaning will preserve the leather, keeping your bag looking as good as they day you bought it.

Cleaning your leather bags

Here are some tips on how to clean a leather bag and store it properly:

  • We suggest cleaning your leather bag once a week to reduce the risk of stains penetrating the leather.
  • Usually, a wipe over with a damp cloth is enough to keep your bag clean.
  • For a slightly stronger clean, use a mix of mild liquid soap (a couple of drops will do) and two cups of warm water. Dip a soft cloth lightly into the water and wipe it gently over the surface of the bag. Using another soft, dry rag, wipe the leather dry.
  • Debris that has an oily base can permeate the fibres of the leather leading to permanent stains that cannot be removed. Rubbing with a cleaning cloth will only push the stain deeper into the fibres, making the damage worse. Instead, sprinkle the area with talc or cornflour and leave for a few hours. The powder will absorb most of the grease and oil.
  • Be certain to thoroughly condition the leather item after cleaning to preserve its finish and ensure that it does not dry out.

Storing your leather bags

Proper storage of your leather items is critical to their preservation. You should ensure that you only store leather items that are completely clean and free of dirt and debris.

  • With this in mind, never place a damp or wet leather item into an enclosed space such as a closet, or other storage area. Ensure that all leather items are completely dry before they are placed into storage.
  • When selecting the location where you will store your leather items when they are not in use, insure that the area has a relatively stable degree of humidity. Storing your leather item in areas of high humidity will promote the growth of mould and mildew, while storing your leather items in areas of low humidity can cause the leather to dry out prematurely and crack or otherwise damage its finish.
  • Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can also damage the leather’s finish, and cause it to dry and crack.

By avoiding excessive moisture and sunlight, and taking care to clean your leather item properly, it is possible to preserve your favourite leather item’s usefulness and attractive appearance for many years.

At JLP Melbourne, we believe that the best solution to caring for your leather bags is to look after properly when you use them. Be careful where you place them, and give them a wipe over if needed before you put them away. Now that you know how to clean a leather bag, your bags will serve you well for years to come.

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