Leather care tips
Guide: How to Care for Leather Bags
Fine leather bags—the end product of painstaking, ritualized craftsmanship—deserve to be treated with care. Here's how to protect your investment piece in few easy steps
A leather bag is a special, near-universally beloved object, appreciated in equal measure by bon-vivants of both sexes, who cherish the supple hand,
understated burnish and heady smell that can only emanate from premium quality skin.
Remember, they are organic artifacts, and as lustrous as your new purchases may be, they will, when left to their own devices, become desiccated and dull.
That is why maintenance of your leather bags and other small accouterments is so crucial, if you want to enjoy them for as long as possible.
Here’s how, beginning with a glossary of terms you should know if you want to take proper care of your specific leather carrier.
How to Clean
- The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question.
- Every other day, give your bag a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth—this won't take more than a few minutes,
but will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather.
How to Condition
- 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 minkor neatsfoot oil, which simulate and supplement the natural oils of leather. Leave on for 10 minutes, then wipe off the excess. Dry thoroughly in an airy room.
- Condition every month or so to keep your leather looking its shiny best.
How to Weatherproof
- Leather is permeable and can never be entirely waterproof, so avoid toting your favorite leatherin bad weather.
- Alternative: a spray protectant, which is virtually invisible on your bags.
How to Store
- Stash your bag in its original dustbag and fill it with stuffing—use butter paper, never newspaper, which will smear— to maintain its shape.
- Keep the dust baggedproduct 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.
- Rotation is key. Everyday use of your bag will wear it out, so switch things up every month.
Some Final Tips
- Let water spills dry naturally. High-heat measures like using a hairdryer will only cause the skin to crinkle beyond salvage.
- Prevent color transfer by consciously resisting the urge to rest your bag against your jeans. Bring it back to the boutique immediately if your bag gets stained.