How to take care of leather bags

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Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

Leather has been used for accessories throughout human history, and leather bags are particularly valued for their durability. They offer character through their textures and colors and are often a pledge of luxury. That being said, if you’re willing to spend a bit more on a leather bag, chances are it’s a special piece and you should take care of it accordingly.

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Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

Leathers are known to absorb grease and oils, so always handle the bag with clean hands. If you have any stains on the bag, try wiping the surface of the leather as soon as possible with a soft cloth. If there are food stains, wet clothes can be used to gently wipe them off as long as they are not too soaked in water.
As the leather can stretch, the bags should not be overfilled. This can easily compromise the shape of the leather bag itself. This is exactly the reason why bags should not be left hanging from handles if they are stored and unused for a period of time. The handles can stretch and make the bag hideous.
It is recommended to clean your leather bag regularly, otherwise dust can become a big problem combined with daily use. If you pack cosmetics, try putting them in a pouch for extra security. Block up all your pens and anything that might spill.

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Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

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Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

Try not to get them wet as water is not very favorable for leather accessories. If the bag gets wet in any way, gently wipe it dry with a towel or handkerchief, but avoid rubbing vigorously as it may leave a mark. Let the bag dry on its own. Do not use a hair dryer or leave the bag near a heat source in the hope that it will dry faster. It will only damage the leather.
If not in use, fill the bag with bubble wrap to protect the shape. Keep it straight and place it in a place out of direct sunlight. Do not keep your leather accessories near a heat source. And whether you use it regularly or not, leather bags should be conditioned at least once or twice a year to keep them in good condition. When storing, cover it with a dust bag, preferably the one that came with it. Remember to wrap the metal parts of the bag to avoid scratches.

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Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

Conditioning (a care process that can restore moisture) can be done by yourself or by professionals. Before using any cleaning products on your bag, make sure they are suitable for its leather by testing them on any inconspicuous part of the bag. And if you are enthusiastic enough, you can always get your own leather care kit for your bag as well as other leather accessories.

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