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Cleaning and Conditioning Your Leather Bag


Personally, I like to keep tampering with my leather bags to a minimum, because I prefer to "grow old" with my leather bags. Proper storage is probably the only rule that I follow rigorously. Still, it doesn't mean that keeping your leather bags clean and conditioned is a bad thing. Quite the opposite. By spending a few minutes to take care of your bags, it will make a big difference in how good it looks. Just as you need to clean and moisturize your own skin, leather needs to be maintained in the same way to stay supple, pliable, and resilient.

Cleaning Your Leather Bag

In many cases all that is necessary to clean your leather bag is a damp cloth or a store bought leather cleaner. This will remove any surface dust or dirt. (Always follow manufacturer's instructions when using a cleaner specifically for leather.)

If the leather has been in contact with perspiration, water, or is stiff, you may need a more substantial method to cleanse it.

Conditioning Leather

A leather conditioner is necessary for this step. There are hundreds of products available for this task, so be sure to read the label before using a leather conditioner to be sure that that particular product is suitable for your vintage leather item. (Do not use leather conditioners that contain waxes or silicone which do not allow the leather to breathe)

  1. Always use a lint free soft cloth when conditioning leather; microfiber cloths are ideal.
  2. NEVER apply conditioner directly to the leather, apply to cloth first.
  3. Apply conditioner to leather by gently rubbing into the lie or nap of the leather until the entire surface has been covered.
  4. Several light applications are preferred over a heavy soaking of conditioner.
  5. Allow conditioner to penetrate the conditioner for at least 30 minutes before applying another coat.