Leather Accessories Care Tips
Leather is a very durable material and needs to be cared for. To care and protect your leather handbags, backpacks, wallets, fanny packs, etc., you should use good quality water and stain repellant to help prevent stains and dirt build up. For best results:
• Apply protecting products just after purchasing and three to four times a year thereafter as needed.
• Keep your leather moist with a high quality leather lotion.
• Do not use any cleaning products on any leather that is not made specifically for leather.
• If your handbag or other leather product is suede, use a cleaner that is made for suede.
Some cleaners that are made for leather may not be for use on suede. A good rule to go by is to always follow the manufacture’s directions and always test any protection and cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.
When wearing or carrying leather, do not spray perfumes, hair spray, body sprays, or any other harmful products near your leather product, it will damage it and stain it from the harsh ingredients. Your leather product may be cleaned by simply wiping with a clean, damp cloth. Do not use soap or any chemical products. If there are stains that are too tough to get out, consult a professional leather cleaner.
Storing leather. How you store your leather is very important. Never store leather garments in a box, or a humid place. Stow them in a dry, open area in a temperature controlled environment for them to not only retain their shape but also not contact any degenerative process. Leather must be stored in a breathable container such as a cotton bag or wrapped in a cotton fabric.
Do not store your leather in plastic. This may cause your leather to dry out. Store in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place and keep away for excessive heat or dampness such as attics and basements. This may cause your leather to crack from the heat or to mold from the dampness. By using some of the methods mentioned above may keep your leather looking great for many years to come.
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