How to Clean Your Leather Handbag
A leather handbag is a must-have accessory that looks great with any outfit. Your leather handbag is a big investment so you need to look after it to make sure it lasts a long time. However, leather can be difficult to clean without ruining the material. We highlight the best ways to clean your leather handbag and how to take care of your bag so it maintains its quality for many years to come.
Before cleaning your handbag, you need to identify what kind of leather it is made of and what finish it has. This will allow you to determine how best to care for it, which products to use, and ensure you do not destroy the material.
It is also important to note that you should only ever use specialist leather cleaners and products on your bag. Never use baby wipes or home remedies such as vinegar to try to clean your leather bag as they have chemicals and substances in them that can damage the material, ruin its colour, and dry it out.
Once this has been established, start with prevention to prevent damage to your bag. Protect your bag with a leather protection cream or treatment. This will give it an invisible barrier to repel stains and grease. Apply the treatment as soon as you buy your bag to defend it from day one, then apply every 2-3 months to keep it protected.
Your leather handbag also requires regular cleaning to keep it in its best condition throughout its life. Start by brushing off any dust with a soft brush. Then, wipe the bag using a soft damp cloth to clean away any dirt, making sure to wipe with the grain of the leather so that you don’t spoil the material.
Next, apply a specialist leather cleaner that is designed for use on the specific material of your bag. Spot test the cleaner first on an inconspicuous area of the bag to make sure it doesn’t affect the quality of the bag. Once you are happy that the cleaner works effectively, apply the cream with a soft sponge and repeat every 2-3 months.
You can also waterproof your bag to protect it from liquid damage and stains from snow and water using Collonil Waterstop Waterproofing Spray, Collonil Carbon Pro Waterproofing Spray, or Collonil Leather Waterproofing Gel. Simply wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt, apply the waterproofing spray or gel, and buff and polish with a cloth once dry for long-lasting protection.
If your bag is stained with ink, you need to treat it immediately as ink stains can be ruinous for leather handbags. Use ink removal for leather on your bag as soon as possible to lift the ink out before it dries. Old ink stains or stubborn stains that won’t come out will require the work of a professional.
Some useful tips for keeping your leather handbag in its best condition:
- Keep your bag stuffed when you are not using it as this will help it hold its original shape.
- Don’t touch your bag after applying hand cream or moisturiser as this will leave grease stains and discolour the leather.
- Use a professional leather cleaning agent on tough dirt for best results. Take your bag to a professional cleaner if stains won’t budge.
- Use the dust bag when not using your bag to prevent dust and scuffs. If you did not receive a dust bag, a pillowcase will work just as well.
- Don’t leave your bag in direct sunlight as this can cause the colour to fade.
Follow these tips to keep your leather handbag in tip-top condition. With a bit of care, your handbag can maintain its quality and look as good as new for many years to come. Shop our Leather Company handbags, check out our leather cleaning products, or get in touch with us today for more tips and advice on looking after your leather.