10 steps to looking after your leather

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As a natural product, leather ages with time. Our bags are handmade, without the use of chemicals, and dyed only using vegetable dyes. This gives them a beautifully authentic appeal and allows the leather to become more characterful with age.

This ageing effect is called the bags ‘patina’, the process of natural aging of leather that has been well cared over time.

You can help to protect your leather over the years by keeping it moisturised and minimising damage to the grain.

Keeping your leather moisturised can encourage the leather fibres to stretch, rather than crack as it ages. In fact every animal skin has unique properties and, as such, some will have less natural oils than others.

The surface of our leather bag can also be susceptible to staining, grease penetration and other minor blemishes, but careful care can help protect the condition for years to come.

So how should I look after my leather bag?

1. Gently clean the bag

Wipe your bag once a week with warm, slightly soapy water. Mix a small amount of mild liquid to warm water and, using a soft damp cloth, wipe any excess dirt off the bag.

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2. Wipe with the grain

Avoid damaging the leather by wiping with the grain of the leather.

3. No baby wipes

Never use a product that contains Lanolin – so be careful using baby wipes as they can often contain it and this can damage leather.

4. Use a leather protection product

Always protect your bag with a reputable protection cream/treatment. Start this as soon as you’ve bought the bag, then reapply at least once every two to three months. Moisturising products can replace lost oils and keep your leather bag in great condition and the skin fibre supple. We recommend you use ones designed specifically for the type of leather in your bag.

Renapur Leather Balsam We love Renapur Leather Balsam to help restore original softness and extend the life of your leather.

5. Keep it stuffed

Keep your bag stuffed while you’re not using it, this will help it to keep its shape.

6. Use a professional leather cleaner on tougher stains

Follow the instructions on the professional cleaning product. These specialised products can be expensive but worth it to help with stubborn stains. Always use a product designed for use on the specific leather and always spot test on the inside!

7. Grease stains

Be careful! Don’t hold your bag straight after you’ve put cream on your hands, or you’re liable to put a grease stain on it.

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8. Don’t leave the bag in direct sunlight

Direct sunlight can cause the colour to fade on your leather, so be wary of leaving it in harsh sun.

9. Removing smells

Leather grain can soak up strong smells, such as smoke, food, or mildew. You can prevent mildew smells by drying out your bag after it gets wet to avoid damage. Smells can be removed by lightly sprinkling the inside leather with baking soda and putting the bag in a pillow case. Let it rest overnight, then remove the baking soda by wiping with a clean cloth or using a vacuum. Be careful not to scratch the leather. You can also try professional odour removers for toucher, lingering smells.

10. Use a dust bag

We give away a free silk bag with every leather bag. Use this as a dust bag and store your leather bag in it when you are not using it, it can protect your leather from stains, scratches and sun bleaching.

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Enjoy the aging!

Simple steps to protect your leather will leave it moisturised and encourage a beautiful, rich colour for your bag. Enjoy the process of aging leather and wear your natural product with pride!

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