How To Protect Your Bag
Spray with protector spray or rub a wax onto your new leather bag before using it. If you get caught in the rain or spill something on your bag, the beeswax helps to prevent water or stains from sinking into the leather and causing damage. Speaking of rain, you can even buy a little ‘raincoat’ for your bag. Fold and keep this plastic cover tucked inside your bag for those unexpected storms.
How To Dry Leather
If your bag does get wet, absorb as much of the water as possible with a thick microfiber hand towel, then let your purse dry naturally. Whatever you do, resist the urge to use a hair dryer on it, as it will dry out the leather and potentially cause damage.
How To Remove Stains on Leather
To remove surface stains on leather bags, use a HandBagRescue wipe. The wipes clean and condition with essential oils to keep leather smooth and soft, helping your bag to look new longer. As with all stains, it’s always better to remove them as soon as you notice them. Be sure to test the wipes on a small area before using them.
How To Maintain Leather
Moisturize your leather bag once a month with a leather conditioner, such as ShoeRescue Wax or a similar product, to keep the leather supple throughout the years. Only use a conditioner on leather—never on suede, nubuck, or patent leather bags. Clean suede handbags every few days with a suede brush or a soft, dry cloth to keep the material refreshed and free of dirt.
How To Store Your Leather Handbag
To help handbags keep their shape, stuff them with paper or bubble wrap before storing them in a shoe bag or natural fabric pillowcase. Never use newspaper, as the color can transfer. Be sure to store handbags in a temperature-controlled environment, since sunlight or extreme heat can cause leather to dry out, fade or crack. After you have cleaned your bag, allow it to air dry completely before storing it. If your bag will be tucked away for a while, open the buckles and straps to prevent impressions in the leather.
Additional Leather Care Tips
Try to avoid resting light-colored leather bags against dark wash jeans, as the color from your jeans can transfer to the bag. When carrying makeup, always keep it in a pouch inside your purse, and make sure all pens are capped. By following these simple tips, your new leather handbag will retain its beauty for years to come.