Leather: Maintenance & Cleaning
Like fine wine, leather handbags improve with age. But in order to enjoy them as long as possible, they should be treated with the care they deserve. They are organic artifacts; that is why maintenance of your leather bags is so crucial.
Pablo Ferrone gives you a short list of tips you should know if you want to take proper care of your specific leather carrier.
General tips for cleaning your leather handbag
- Handle leather handbags with clean hands. They are susceptible to absorbing grease and oils.
- Remove stains as soon as you notice them. Organic stains from food or blood can often be removed with chalk powder. Crush white chalk, let it sit on the stain overnight and dust it off with a clean cloth.
- Avoid cleaning products with alcohol, turpentine or other mineral spirits as they will discolor and dry out leather.
- Leather is vulnerable to liquid substances. Never allow alcohol, perfume, makeup, oil, or water to soak into your bag. Keep your cosmetics and objects that could stain the inside of the bag in a pouch. If the bag gets wet, do not use hair dryer on it. Instead, absorb as much liquid as possible with a thick microfiber hand towel and allow the bag to air dry. Then, condition it again and store it.
How to Store your leather handbag
- Avoid storing purses in plastic bags. Stash your bag in its original breathable dustbag and fill it with butter paper (never newspaper, which will smear) to maintain its shape.
- Keep the dust bagged product in its original box, along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn't get damp.
- Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold.
- Rotation is of critical importance. Everyday use of your bag will wear it out, so switch things up every month.
- Never store your purses in the bottom of the closet. Leather is hygroscopic and it will absorb the excess moister (especially slab floors which causes mold).
We hope you can fully enjoy your bags for the years to come.