You’ll all agree with me that a leather bag is a special, near-universally beloved object, appreciated in equal measure by both men and women who cherish the supple hand, understated burnish and heady smell that can only emanate from premium quality skin. No doubt, you will always want to care for that which is so dear to your heart. Implicit in this is that your dear leather handbag ought to be pampered by you, unless you want it to wear off quickly.
The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question, but there’s more to this principle; here are the four best ways to care for your leather handbag;
You should think of conditioning as moisturizer for your leather, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a dollop of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over. Try mink oil, which simulates and supplements the natural oils of leather. Then leave on for ten minutes, and wipe off the excess. Dry thoroughly in an airy room. Try as much as possible to condition every month or so to keep your leather looking its shiny best.
Leather is permeable and can never be entirely waterproof, so avoid toting your favourite Givenchy Nightingale in bad weather. There are beeswax creams which function as a barrier against water.
Beeswax may alter the hue of dyed leather, so test first on an inconspicuous corner. A more breathable but less effective alternative, a spray protectant, which is virtually invisible on your bags.
Here, stash your bag in its original dust bag and fill it with stuffing. Use butter paper, not newspaper, which will smear, to maintain its shape. Then keep the dust-bagged product in its original box, along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn’t get damp. Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold. Also, rotation is key. Everyday use of your bag will wear it out, so switch things up every month.
4.DRYING WATER SPILLS:
Let water spills dry naturally. High-heat measures like using a hairdryer will only cause the skin to crinkle beyond salvage. Prevent colour transfer by consciously resisting the urge to rest your bag against your jeans.
The rules or ways are easy to adhere to. Cater for your leather handbag the right way this time!
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