Leather Bag Care and Maintenance
Your leather bag is a product which has been mastered over centuries and handmade by skilled artisans in India. Although your leather has been treated using natural oils in the production phrase it is still important that we maintain your bag being that we are working with natural materials.
Your top 3 concerns which will allow you to maintain its life should revolve around the following – cleaning, conditioning and storing. Here are a few tips we have discovered along the way which will help you maintain your piece of craftsmanship.
- Soft Clean Cloth
- Organic Leather Cleaner
- Organic Leather Conditioner
- Bubble Wrap or Cushion inserts
- Our Aurelius Velvet bag or a suitable cover to house
First step – Make sure you have clean hands – Leather is susceptible to absorbing grease and oil so clean those bad boys up before handling your leather bag.
You don’t need to clean everyday however we recommend a light and quick cleaning every other day. The best way to is to take slightly damp cloth and dust clean over the whole bag – Hot tip – Ensure not to use to much water as leather takes time to dry – The cloth should be lightly damp.
In the case that you need to dry it – the best source for this will be the Natural Light (Sunlight).
Once or twice a year we would suggest a more thorough cleaning to remove dirt and build up. We would suggest using an organic leather bag cleaner (List below). The best way to apply is in a circular motion and then to wipe this off with that slightly damp cloth to avoid and clogging into the pores of your leather.
We would then suggest you air it out with 10 mins of natural sunlight after this process.
A Leather conditioner is like a moisturizer for your leather bag – if not properly cared for it will dry out over time.
To prevent flaking and wrinkling we suggest applying the following conditioners with a soft cloth and gently rub over the entire bag.
In Australia we have quite a dry and warm heat throughout the year – the sun is harsh. As per our environment we would recommend applying a conditioner to the bag at least once every 3 months to keep your bag in its best looking shine. Depending upon how rough and dry your climate is this can also vary to 1 – 2 twice a year.
Be smart with your storage on your leather bag – Keep it in a spot that will be out of the elements.
We suggest you place some bubble wrap / cushion insert into the bag when its not in use as this will help restore and hold its shape.
As we are dealing with Natural Materials you will need to Air your Leather Bag out every two weeks to prevent dampness and mould growth.
PLEASE SEE LIST OF TOP SELLING LEATHER CLEANERS
Leather Honey Leather Cleaner
Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner
Leather Mate – Leather Cleaner
If possible to not let water be absorbed into the leather. If you bag does get wet its best to wipe off the excess as soon as possible. Do not dry the leather with a hairdryer, let it air dry and then apply a leather conditioner after its completely dry.
Do not use cleaning products that contain alcohol as these will dry out and possibly discolor your leather bag.