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    Leather bags are simply the gift that keeps on giving. So, you’ve bought your beautiful designer leather handbag; it’s arrived, and it’s just like you hoped it would be. But now you’re wondering how you should care for your handbag?

    How To: Take care of your leather bag
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    Words by Elaine Okoye

    Leather bags are simply the gift that keeps on giving. So, you’ve bought your beautiful designer leather handbag; it’s arrived, and it’s just like you hoped it would be. But now you’re wondering how you should care for your handbag? A good-quality leather bag is the result of an age old tradition performed by the most skilled of artisans and as such, that leather deserves to be looked after with absolute care.

    The need to properly maintain your leather bag becomes even more important if you live in a predominantly hot country because humid conditions can cause your leather bag to wear out faster.

    Taking care of your leather goods can seem stressful but once you invest your hard-earned money into a special piece, you will want to ensure that it lasts as long as you need it to.

    1 Cleaning

    • When you notice dirt building up on your bag, ensure that you wipe it down with a cleaner made specially for leather use.
    • Do not forget the hardware on your bags. Some bags have precious metal-plated buckles or chains and depending on the material that is made of, you need to find out how to best care for it so it doesn’t become dull and age the bag.
    • Every couple of days, give your bag a quick wipe with a soft dry cloth which should not take more than a few minutes. It will go a long way towards the upkeep f your bag and allowing it to stay fresh and new-looking.

    2 Conditioning

    • Conditioning your bag is effectively moisturising but for your leather to prevent it from drying out over time. Leather, though durable, is not infallible and over time the material can flake and wrinkle. To stop that from happening, put a dab of conditioner on a soft cloth and gently wipe down the bag.
    • Mink oil is a great supplement for the natural oils in leather. Rub it on, leave it for 10 minutes then wipe off the excess. Make sure you dry it properly in an airy room.
    • Condition your month every single month to keep the leather looking its best.

    3 Storage

    • Make sure you hang on to the original dustbag that your leather bag came with, it’s there for a reason. When you’re not using it, put your handbag in the dustbag and fill it with stuffing. You can use parchment paper but do NOT use newspaper because the ink will smear. The paper helps the bag retain its original shape.
    • Do not throw away your packaging. Keep your bag in the packaging it came with including those small white packets called silica gel which stop your bag from getting damp.
    • If you don’t wear your bag often, take it out every couple of weeks to let it get some air and prevent it from growing mould.

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