Love your leather? Protect it.
Hi, loves! This week I wanted to talk about one life hack we all need to know how to do: cleaning a leather purse.
Before I ever spend a dime on a nice purse, I always think about whether or not I could ruin said purse in any way, shape or form. In fact, the reason I don’t have too many expensive purses is purely because I have fears about ruining one after I paid an arm and a leg for it.
Alas, I’m diving back in to the purse world though; I’m currently saving for a Tory Burch beauty and before I make the investment, I wanted to find out, how the heck do I treat leather when it gets wet? Rain is the enemy here, so I need to know how to fight it.
After doing a little bit of research, I found an article from MAHI Leather that definitely helped me find some answers. Here’s what I dug up: leather already has some natural water resistance but it’s still a material that can absorb water. Stains are usually caused when a water pool forms on a bag or purse (a ring from a wet glass that dries without the water being wiped away). And while water stains are fixable, you have to be really careful when you treat a stain or you can make it worse.
So here’s the rundown on what to do so you don’t ruin that beautiful purse you love:
- 1 It’s ideal to catch a water spill quickly. And if you catch the water spill on leather quickly, just remove the water immediately to prevent the stain from setting in.
- Use a damp, clean cloth or damp, sponge and be gentle and lightly work the sponger over the water stain in an outward motion. Don’t use something like saddle soap or a harsh chemical to clean it immediately if the leather is still wet.
- 3.When you’re done, just rub it gently with a dryer cloth and let it dry overnight.
- Don’t forget to check which sponge you used (you don’t want to mix chemicals into the bag by using a household sponge that you’ve used for other things).
- Once it’s dried, then condition the leather with wax or saddle oil.
While water is probably your main enemy when it comes to leather bags, over time other things can happen. Peeling, shrinking, stretching and even creases and wrinkles over time can always hurt your bag. If you want to know how to actually solve those problems, have a read to this article for more information: https://mahileather.com/blogs/news/leather-wear-and-tear-when-leather-gets-wet-does-it-stain.
Let me know if you try this on your next rainy day (although I hope you never have to)!