The weather has finally gotten warm and you’re ready to move about. That new resort in the Bahamas has your name all over it. You go on the hunt for you favorite leather travel bag. Once you retrieve it, you see that it doesn’t look how you once remembered. It’s a bit tattered, in need of some TLC.
Caring for your leather handbags, footwear and jackets properly can sometimes be a tricky task. It can require a great amount of patience. No worries! I’m here to help you with keeping your leather goods looking and feeling like new.
Leather Maintenance Basics
Love on your leather and it will last a lifetime. Give it a quick wipe down with a soft, dry cloth once a week.
Limit your leather goods exposure to direct sunlight.
Every so often, rotate your leather, this is so that one product doesn’t age more rapidly than the others.
To help prevent wrinkling or flaking, be sure use a good leather conditioner. Just take some on a soft cloth and gently rub all over. You want to repeat this step every month.
Removing Stains on Leather
It’s recommended for oil stains, to put cornstarch on it as soon as possible, rub it in, and immediately brush off the remaining powder with with a clean cloth. Afterwards, you can apply some mink oil to the rest of the area. This will often cover up the oil stain and blend in with a natural look.
Spilled water on your leather, no worries! Simply let water spills dry on their own. Do not try to blow dry them!
For food stains, crush a small amount of white chalk and let it sit on the stain overnight. In the morning, brush it off with a clean cloth.
To remove fresh ink or dirt stains, use a white eraser on the affected area, lightly. If it’s an older stain that has set in, please seek the help of a professional.
Store your leather in dust bags or a cotton pillowcase. For handbags cross the handles over each other and leave them in an upright position.
To keep the shape of the leather, be sure to fill it with clothing items, butter paper or acid-free. Do avoid newspaper, it can smear and stain. Be sure to air it out once every two weeks.
Worried about odor while storing? To prevent or get rid of unwanted odors, fill a plastic bag with baking soda, zip the leather bag closed, and store for a few days. Dryer sheets can also save the day also.
Thank for checking out this post and I hope it helps you with caring for your leather goods.