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How to Clean a Leather Bag?

How to Clean a Leather Bag? | Steel Horse Leather

When you buy your Handmade Leather Bag you have made a good investment, you told your friends and you are very excited to release it and start using it. These leather bags are very popular, but since leather is a natural material, keeping it in good condition and as new is very important and requires some maintenance, therefore, you must clean it regularly, so that you can continue enjoying your Leather Bag for a long time. Maintaining and cleaning it properly will retain its elasticity and appearance, prevent stains and damage caused by water and fatty materials.

Here are some useful tips you should follow on how to care for and clean your leather bag.

Practical rules for cleaning a leather bag.

With daily use and the passing of time, your leather bag could be stained with different types of substances, such as grease, food, mud, ink, among others. If we search on the internet, there are a lot of articles that offer all kinds of tips and homemade tricks, be careful not all are suitable for cleaning your bag and many of them contradict each other.

As a leather bag can be a great investment, and we would hate to give you advice that we are not sure if they really work, we will stay with professional leather cleaners.

Some general rules to remember:

The sooner you treat the stain, the greater the chances of getting rid of it.

Before applying any leather cleaner, be sure to clean your bag well with a soft brush or cloth to remove sand, mud, dust, etc. Well, these could scratch the leather.

Find out and find out which leather cleaner is best suited for your bag.

Always test the product first in a non-visible place, to make sure it works.

Water is not your best ally. If you use water to clean your bag, use as little as possible and dry it immediately.

Use special waxes for leather and other products to protect your bag from water and moisturize it.

If you have a stubborn stain that did not come with professional products, see if you can find a bitumen that matches the color of your bag and use it to hide the stain. 

Recognize the enemy - The Elements

Leather is a natural material, therefore, the environment directly affects it. Leather products if not adequately protected against adverse weather conditions, such as snow and rain, but also heat and dryness, can cause damage that can affect the aesthetics of the leather, such as its tone, but also its structure, causing it to crack or lose its elasticity. Particularly prolonged exposure to the sun, water and oily materials, are the most common damage caused to leather products and leather bags.

Prevention is better than regret

We must take precautions in advance to avoid damage, this is a proven way to save time and money, as well as the headache of cleaning and repairing them once they happened. To keep your leather bag protected from water, you should use a leather waterproofing product indicated for it. For most leather bags with a smooth finish, applying a thin layer of beeswax regularly should do the job. This is essential and very important during periods of rain, but also as frequent maintenance when you feel that the previous protective layer has fallen. The most common way to apply beeswax or any other wax-based product, is using a shoe brush or a toothbrush with soft bristles, look carefully to choose a soft one.

Find out a little before buying and applying any product, to make sure it does not harm the color of the leather, especially if it has a light tone. To be sure, test the product in a hidden area of ​​the bag and see how it works. After applying the treatment to your leather bag, allow it to dry well before using it again.

If you forgot to apply a raincoat and your leather bag was soaked in the rain. In no way should you try to dry it using a direct heat source such as a hair dryer, among others. This could cause significant damage to the leather, such as dryness and cracking. A good way to dry a wet leather bag would be to leave it in an airy place where the sun does not shine directly or next to an indirect heat source, such as; in a room with the heating on, but far enough from the bag.

Protect your bag from the sun. Be sure not to leave your bag for a long time in direct sunlight, since leather is a natural material and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can damage the leather.

In conclusion

Prevention is the easiest and safest way to keep your leather bag looking fresh and looking new.

Timely and timely maintenance is very important. Leather bags require some care to keep them in perfect condition and protect them from human accidents and different weather conditions.

Also, be sure to use professional products for the prevention, cleaning and conditioning of your bag and thus reduce the risk of unwanted damage.

The best option is to buy a specially crafted leather cleaner to clean a Handmade Leather Bag.

If the leather cleaner does not work, you can seek help from a professional. There are professionals who can clean the leather bag for you without damaging it.

  Following these basic tips will ensure that you enjoy your leather bag for many more years.