Leather purses look elegant and stylish when they are new but with time, they can accumulate dirt and grime. This can leave them looking dull and worn out. To spruce up your purse and keep it looking new, clean your bag on a regular basis. This will help to extend the life of your leather bag. You can easily clean your leather bag at home, but you can also hire professional services if you need to. Here is some advice from Tony who is an expert purse blogger at www.pursecleaning.ca on how to clean your leather purse.
- Always check the manufacturer’s instruction on how to clean the purse. Make sure to follow those instructions even if they contradict information you get from elsewhere on how to clean leather. The manufacturer knows best on why they included those guidelines on how to clean the purse.
- It is also important that you keep in mind that the leather used to be a living hide at one point. This will help you to handle it correctly. Since it is an animal skin, it can easily crack or dry out or fade if you use the wrong products on it or if you use products that are too harsh. Avoid synthetic cleaning products as much as you can.
- Try and clean your bag before it gets too dirty. This makes it easier to get rid of the dirt. To clean the bag, empty out all of its contents. Unzip all the interior pockets and turn the bag upside down to make sure that you have removed everything. Shake it, so as to remove all the dirt and debris that is inside.
- To clean the bag, heavily dilute liquid soap with water in a spray bottle or bowl or small bucket. Then spray the solution on a micro fiber cloth or a cleaning towel then use the towel to clean the bag. Don’t spray the cleaning solution directly on the bag since some cleaning products can stain the leather. It is also not advisable to get the leather too wet, therefore wring out as much of the water as possible before using it to clean the bag.
- Wipe the bag using soft, gentle strokes. Work with the grain of leather instead of against it. Pay close attention to areas on the bag which you frequently touch. This includes the handle and clasps. These areas tend to be quite dirty and have lots of body oils.
- After you are done cleaning the bag, leave it to dry but not in direct sunlight or using high heat. Then use a moisturizer to condition it. Use moisturizers that are specifically meant for leather products. This will keep the leather soft.
- If the bag has stains, then treat each stain accordingly. If it is a wet stain, that is a stain that is made from a substance that is water soluble like ketchup, then you can easily clean it at home using a product meant for that particular stain. However, if the bag has a dry stain, like lipstick or wax, then you may need to take it to a professional drycleaner, since these stains are harder to remove.