How to care for your leather handbag

If you’re going to invest in a quality leather handbag, it only makes sense to take care of your investment. You know your possessions and investment portfolio – so don’t forget the leather tote by your side.

regular condition

Apply a high-quality leather conditioner with a soft sponge or cloth at least once a year. Massage conditioner onto leather across the entire surface of the tote; then wipe off excess with a clean, dry cloth. If you live in an arid climate, you’ll actually want to do it every few months. If your climate is wetter, every 6 months to a year should be sufficient.

handle moisture

If water splashes on the handbag, absorb (do not wipe) the moisture with a dry cloth as soon as possible. *If the water or moisture comes from winter, keep in mind that it may contain a certain amount of salt products, so a damp cloth should be used. After the excess moisture has been absorbed, allow the leather to air dry.

Speaking of weather, if (when) your handbag gets soaked by a sudden rainstorm, be sure to let it air dry completely. Lay the bag flat on the floor or table so the leather doesn’t wrinkle or loosen. Do not place it near a heat source to speed up drying – this will damage the leather. Stuff the inside of the tote bag with newspaper to help the bag hold its shape and help absorb moisture inside.

remember inside

We love the sturdy leather exterior of the handbag as much as you do – but don’t forget the inside. At least once a month, take the time to wipe down the inside of your handbag. Use a slightly damp cloth to clean the lining of the bag to remove dust and residue from carry-on items. Then, spread the bag open and let the inside air dry.

keep it carefully

If you’re going to give your handbag a break, do it right. Store leather tote bags away from heat, moisture, sunlight and dust – preferably in cloth bags and/or boxes.

Take the time to care for your leather. A good quality leather handbag can have a good lifespan if handled properly.

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