Leather is known for its durability and can last a lifetime when cared for properly. To maintain the beauty of your handbag some simple care instructions are a must in order to keep it from dryness and moisture leading to swelling and mildew.
Here are my 8 simple tips for keeping your leather handbag looking its best:
1. Store your bag in the dust bag provided at purchase. If you have brought a leather handbag it should come with a dust cover. These are breathable storage bags that ideal to keep your handbag in when it is not in use.
2. Don't store leather handbags in plastic bags or other nonporous covers as they encourage the growth of mildew and bacteria which can ruin leather.
3. Condition your leather handbag regularly in a dry environment to prevent it drying out and cracking.
4. Don't use caustic household chemicals to clean your handbag, these will ruin the leather and cause discoloration.
5. Avoid spilling or getting turpentine and mineral spirits on your leather handbag as they will "pull" the colour. Never say never when it comes to thinking something like these chemicals won't end up on your handbag.
6. Don't use waxes or silicone on soft leather as they will clog pores, making it impossible to oil and condition. Whilst it might make the bag more shiny in the end you will do more harm than good.
7. Clean fresh stains of blood or food items with a damp cloth. Try and get to or treat these stain as soon as they happen. However if you do land in this situation oil or grease can be removed by applying ground blackboard chalk and leaving it to absorb for 24hrs.
8. Use a leather conditioning cream 3-4 times a year to facilitate the durability, shine and increase the beauty of your leather bag.
By following these simple tips you should continue to have a handbag that looks as spectacular as the day you brought it.
Lisa Mahar is the owner of Ma'Ki Itemz. Our company stock a full range of beautiful handcrafted genuine Italian leather handbags at affordable prices, Please visit us at Ma'Ki Itemz.com for more information.