Whether you own a stylish, classic, or durable handbag, and if it’s made of leather, you need to look after it so it lasts you a lifetime.
One of the most durable materials on the planet is leather, and different types range from the Full Grain or Top Grain leather, to Split Suede, Bonded Leather, Nubuck Suede Grain, and even Cowhide Leather, to name a few.
Even though a high-quality leather bag is costly, it guarantees a lifetime of companionship, if looked after well. When cared for properly, it will side-step the material from drying out, which would most often lead to cracking, and sometimes even mildew can form on it. This guide will help you to care for your items properly so that none of this happens and your precious investment will last for years.
Let’s jump in.
A General Rule of Thumb
As mentioned there are a few different types of leather, and while most of these bags will require little care depending on how sensitive they are, a good maintenance routine once a year should suffice in keeping it in tip-top condition.
A general rule of thumb is to condition your leather bags once in a while, especially for the more sensitive types. Applying a specific wax or cream is recommended, these can be purchased at the store itself or any bonafide leather store. This will add a layer of protection to the item and keep it soft so it does not crack either. These bags can be susceptible to scratches and scuff marks, so opt for a cream that contains natural waxes, this will create a barrier against these things, including weather, moisture, and dirt.
Waterproofing Your Bag
If you own something that’s made of any type of nubuck or suede, it is very important to get it waterproofed immediately, if it has not already been done. This should be done before you take it out with you. An appropriate waterproofing spray can be acquired for this purpose. This will create a barrier against moisture. Be careful when applying the spray, you need to be patient with it, as it will need time to bond to the leather before you can use it. Make it a habit to give it a quick once over with the spray before heading out.
If It’s Got Scratches or Stains
As with anything you take out with you, it can get scratched or stained. However, this can be fixed in a few easy moves. If your Sevilla Leather Briefcase got a few stains on it, you can heed to some quick advice regarding.
First, clean the leather carefully with a damp cloth dipped in dishwashing liquid and warm water, make sure it is not too wet and only damp. Then go over it again with the damp cloth to make sure you blot away any soap residue remains, then go over it with a clean dry towel to remove as much dampness as possible
Once done, allow it to completely dry out, and do not leave it in the sun or any form of heat, air drying is fine. Brush the hair with a soft brush, this should remove any stains. With any other type of leather, if it has scratches, adding a coat of leather conditioner or restorative cream, after wiping the bag with a slightly damp cloth, would be more appropriate.
Other Fixes to Note
Besides scratches, stains and possibly drying out and cracks, there can be other things that can affect your bag depending on the type. For instance, if it’s a leather backpack or leather duffle bag, you would typically carry it via the handles, these can easily get grease on them from your hand cream or moisturizer, experts recommend using cornstarch the blot this out, however, if you don’t have that in hand, using a neutral leather cream/conditioner can do the trick.
Perhaps you are dealing with watermarks, which typically would dry out if it is just a water spill on the item, any spots that are left behind can be buffed out using a conditioner.
Storing Your Bags
This is an important aspect when using anything leather. If there are items you do not use daily, you can store them in a closet preferably, and away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. To keep the shape, fill it with bubble wrap or soft paper material, besides newspaper on the inside as the ink could rub off on it. If you do the three steps – condition it, fill it and store it, your bag will be a happy camper for life!