5 Simple Tips to Clean your Leather Handbags
Your leather handbag might be your best friends. You carry whatever you need during the day and beyond. You carry it around with you all day every day, so there is a huge chance that it might get dirty and look a bit old. Cleaning your leather handbag from time to time will help it stay clean and look like if it is almost new. You don’t have to worry about time, cleaning your leather handbag will take only few minutes, but it will add years to your bag. Following these 5 simple cleaning tips your leather bag will thank you.
1) Clean the Exterior Weekly:
Leather bags can get really dirty, dull and might lose some of its shininess due to many exterior factors, such as oil from your skin, hairspray, perfume, dirt and other environmental factors. The only way to keep it clean and help preserve its sheen, is by cleaning its exterior once a week. You can simply add a few drops of mild liquid soap to a glass of warm water, mix a little bit, then dip a soft clean cloth and gently wipe the exterior of your bag. Keep on wiping for few minutes and then with another dry cloth, dry your exterior bag.
If you think that the inside of your bag is safe from dirt, you may want to think again. If you carry your leather handbag all the time and every day, then you may want to clean the interior a little bit more than just once every few months. Before start cleaning the inside of your bag, make sure it is fully empty. You can remove dust by running a lint brush or a vacuum hose, and if your bag has any interior stains, then you can clean it with some soap and warm water. Make sure to let your leather bag get completely dry before putting your items back.
3) Recondition the Leather Twice a Year:
If you want to keep your leather shine and keep its natural look, then you may want to recondition it twice a year. You can mix linseed oil with a little bit of white vinegar and dip a clean rag and wipe gently in circular motion. Leave it for 15 minutes, wipe it off, clean it and let the bag dry.
4) Treat Deep Stains as Soon as Possible:
If your bag has some deep stains such as wine, food or even blood, then you need to react as soon as possible and make a special paste. You can mix together lemon juice with tartar and apply the paste to the stain, leave it for 10 or 15 minutes then wipe it off with a clean cloth and then clean it as we already mentioned before.
5) Treat Heavy Staining as Needed:
If your leather bag has some grease stains, then you don’t have to worry it can easily be wiped off. If it is ink you are worried about, then you can simply dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub gently the stain. And of course don’t forget to let your bag dry.