How to care for leather

It’s vital to take care of leather bags, especially during the monsoon.

Leather bags, though attractive and classy, prove to be difficult when it comes to maintenance.

Even a tiny amount of moisture can ruin your favorite handbag. This becomes even more troublesome during monsoons. Here are some tips to help you keep your leather bags clean and long-lasting.


How to prevent it from cracking

 Experts say there is an effective way to prevent your leather bag from cracking and that us by conditioning it. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you have a cracked leather bag, there are few things you could do it to fix it:


  • Use a soft, dry brush to remove the dirty surrounding the leather bag and clean the surface. Next, use a shoe brush to apply soap on the cracks, thereby cleansing them deeper.
  • It is advisable to use mild soaps and softeners and not to rub the cracks too harshly as it might lead to more cracks. When you’re done with cleaning the bag, it should be soft and smooth so that you could move to the next step.
  • Dab mink oil on the cracked areas. Make sure you apply the oil with gentle pressure.The back of a spoon is best for this. Keep doing it until the cracks absorb the oil, and then wipe off the extra oil. Be cautious when applying oil to colored leather bags.
  • Make sure you treat your bag with good care by applying leather conditioner to the damaged area as well as the surrounding area. Treat the bag once a month by applying softeners or conditioners to keep it in good condition, thereby preventing it from further drying and cracking.

How to store it

Only conditioning the bag is not enough. For the longevity of the bag, you need to ensure that the bag is stored in a dark and preferably cool place. Here’s what you can do: fill the bag with crumbled paper, bubble wrap or air bags to retain its shape. Using newspaper for this task is highly frowned upon as it tends to rub off on the inside fabric.

Store the bag in a cloth cover or a pillow cover. Don’t use a plastic bag to cover your leather bag as the handbag needs some space to breathe and even a little bit of moisture can cause mould. Avoid hanging the bag as it stretches out the handles.

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