Leather bags are an important addition to anyone’s wardrobe, be it a man or a woman. They are not only timeless and classy, but also last you a lifetime. They can be matched with any ensemble and you can take your style quotient up a few notches with minimal effort.
However, caring for Leather Bags in India is as challenging as buying them. Finding the right one is often a challenge and if you do find one, it takes just as much effort to maintain them so that they last you a lifetime.
A leather bag is an investment that showcases years of craftsmanship by a trained artisan. Therefore, it deserves maximum care. In this article, we will list three basic yet important tips to care for your leather bag and ensure that it gives you your money’s worth by retaining its original elegance.
Here are three basic steps to clean and maintain your expensive leather bag like a pro.
Keep it Clean
It goes without saying that each time you take your bag out, it will gather dust and grime from your day’s exploration. However, before you store it back inside, be sure to wipe the handles and the surface clean with a soft cloth. Since leather is prone to absorbing oil and grime, it is important to follow this step each time you take it out. Just sweep your bag clean with a soft, dry cloth. You can also use a damp cloth to wipe your bag clean. There is also a leather cleaner available in the market that you can use every once in a while to remove all the dirt buildup. Remember to use circular motion and follow the grain pattern to avoid leaving any abrasive marks on your bag’s surface.
Condition your leather bag using the leather conditioner. Not providing it moisture from time to time will lead to wrinkling and flaking. Use a soft cloth to gently rub the conditioner on your bag and allow it soak. The quantity of conditioner to be used is often determined by the weather conditions. If you live in humid environment, then consider applying conditioner no more than twice a year. If you have dry climate, then you can use it once a month. This process will keep your bag soft and graceful for years to come.
Store with Care
Take a bubble wrap and stuff it in your bag. You can also do it with parchment paper to maintain its shape when you are not using it. You should also keep it inside the dust bag that came with your leather bag and as an extra layer of protection, store it in its original box complete with silica gel packets. Just pull it out every once in two weeks to air it out to prevent mold growth.
These simple steps may seem like a stretch but it does add years to your precious bag and keeps it looking as good as new for years to come.