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How to care for your leather bag: Everything you need to know.

We’re firm believers in the motto ‘if you love your bag, it’ll love you back.’ Looking after one of our leather products is just like looking after your own skin or watering a plant (or even growin...

Posted on 27 Nov 2017 09:32

How to care for your leather bag: Everything you need to know. - Cambridge Satchel US Store

Leather bags are not just functional accessories; they are also investments that can last a lifetime with proper care. Whether you own a designer handbag or a classic leather satchel, it’s essential to know how to care for your leather bag to maintain its beauty and longevity.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the essential steps of cleaning, stain removal, polishing, preventing cracking, and protecting your leather bags.

How to clean your leather bag.

Cleaning your leather bag is crucial to remove dirt, dust, and grime that can accumulate over time. Follow the steps below to clean your leather bag effectively:

1. Empty the bag: Remove all items from your bag and shake it gently to remove any loose debris.

2. Test a small area: Before cleaning the entire bag, test a small, inconspicuous area with a mild leather cleaner or a mixture of water and mild soap. This will ensure that the cleaner does not damage or discolour the leather.

3. Wipe with a damp cloth: Using a soft, lint-free cloth, dampen it with the leather cleaner or the water and mild soap solution. Gently wipe the surface of the bag, paying extra attention to any stained or soiled areas. Avoid excessive rubbing, as it may damage the leather.

4. Remove soap residue: After cleaning, wipe the bag again with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue.

5. Dry naturally: Allow the bag to air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct heat or sunlight. Avoid using a hairdryer or any other heat source, as it can cause the leather to dry out or crack.

How to remove stains from leather bags.

Stains on leather bags can be unsightly, but with the right techniques, they can be effectively removed. Here’s how to tackle common stains:

1. Ink stains: Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol or non-acetone nail polish remover on a cotton ball or soft cloth. Gently rub the stained area in a circular motion until the ink is lifted. Remember to test the solution on a hidden area first to ensure it doesn’t cause discoloration.

2. Oil or grease stains: Immediately blot the stain with a clean cloth to absorb as much oil as possible. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain further. Sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch or talcum powder on the affected area and let it sit overnight to absorb the remaining oil. The next day, gently brush off the powder with a soft cloth.

3. Water stains: If your bag gets water stains, simply wipe the entire surface with a clean, damp cloth. Ensure that the bag dries uniformly to prevent water sports. If the stain persists, please contact our customer service team and they’ll be happy to help.

How to polish leather bags.

Polishing your leather bag not only restores its shine but also provides additional protection. Follow the steps below to polish your leather bag:

1. Choose the right polish: Select a leather polish or conditioner that matches the colour of your bag. Avoid using shoe polishes or products containing silicone, as they can damage the leather.

2. Apply the polish: Using a soft cloth or a sponge, apply a small amount of polish in circular motions. Ensure even coverage and pay special attention to areas that are prone to wear, such as handles and corners.

3. Let it absorb: Allow the polish to absorb into the leather for a few minutes. This will help nourish the leather and restore its natural luster.

4. Buff the leather: Using a clean, dry cloth, gently buff the bag in circular motions to remove any excess polish and bring out the shine.

How to prevent leather bags from cracking.

Preventing cracks in your leather bag is essential to maintain its longevity and appearance. Follow these preventive measures:

1. Avoid extreme temperatures: Leather is susceptible to temperature changes. Keep your bag away from direct sunlight, heaters, radiators, and other heat sources that can dry out the leather and cause it to crack. Similarly, avoid exposing your bag to extremely cold temperatures.

2. Store it properly: When not in use, store your leather bag in a dust bag (we provide you with one with each purchase!) or a breathable fabric pouch. Avoid using plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and promote mold growth.

3. Use a leather conditioner: Regularly treat your bag with a leather conditioner or moisturiser to keep the leather supple and prevent it from drying out.

4. Handle with care: Be gentle when handling your leather bag to avoid unnecessary stress on the material. Avoid overstuffing the bag, as it can distort the shape and strain the seams.

How to protect leather bags.

In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance, using a leather protectant can provide an extra layer of defence against stains and water damage. Follow these steps to protect your leather bag:

1. Choose a suitable leather protectant: Look for a leather protectant specifically designed for your bag’s type of leather. We’ve created a collection of leather care products to help protect your leather bag. Remember to read the instructions carefully before application.

2. Test on a hidden area: Before applying the protectant to the entire bag, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage.

3. Apply the protectant: Using a soft cloth or sponge, apply the protectant evenly to the entire bag, following the product’s instructions. Allow it to dry completely before using or storing the bag.

By following these care tips, you can enjoy your leather bag’s beauty and durability for years to come. Remember to treat your leather bag with care and address any stains or damage promptly to maintain its pristine condition. With proper care, your leather bag can become a cherished accessory that adds style and elegance to your everyday ensemble.


Posted on 27 Nov 2017 09:32

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