Leather Bag Care: The Basics

Wondering how to keep your leather handbag in great condition? Learn about leather bag care to help you keep your leather bags in a pristine state.

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When you've got something you love, you want to take good care of it. It doesn't matter if it's a vintage Louis Vuitton handbag or a brand new Chanel bag, leather needs to be looked after properly.

If you’ve got a leather bag that needs some care, whether it’s well-loved or a new addition, this is your guide to leather bag care. By keeping it in great condition, you can enjoy it for years to come. Read on for out top tips on leather bag care.

How Can I Protect My Leather Bag?

Protection From The Elements

The first thing to consider when it comes to handbag care is protection from the elements. Natural elements can wreak havoc on your leather bag causing a myriad of problems. Take steps to ensure your bag doesn’t become a casualty of Mother Nature.

1. Water

It can be absorbed into the leather and cause water marks and discoloration. If your bag comes in contact with water, wipe immediately with a microfiber soft cloth.

2. Light

Direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight can alter the color of your bag. Artificial light can also be harmful, for example, if your bag sits directly under a spotlight (either while on display in a store or in your closet at home).

Avoid potential damage by keeping your bag away from direct sources of light.

3. Heat

Intense heat can negatively affect your bag resulting in warping and melting of leather, changes in texture, and even discoloration. Keep your bag clear from sources of heat.

4. Dampness/Humidity

Damp or humid environments can cause damage to the leather and even spur the growth of mold. Store your bags in a temperature-controlled space.

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How Else Can I Protect My Leather Bag?

There are certain substances that can severely damage your bag and should be avoided at all costs. If you encounter any of these damages, it’s best to consult a leather repair shop.

1. Oil

Oil-based products, such as makeup or food, can permanently stain leather.

2. Alcohol

Alcohol-based products and harsh chemicals can alter the integrity of your bag and leave long-term stains.

3. Ink

Ink stains and pen stains are usually permanent and impossible to remove.

4. Dye

Just like ink, dye will stain your bag. Watch out for colored or dark denim, which can easily transfer onto a light-colored bag.

How To Clean A Leather Bag?

Luxury brands have their own tips for leather handbag care. Most do not recommend the use of cleansers, but they suggest professional cleaning instead. However, if you are looking to clean your bag, read on for tips.

How To Clean Leather Bag Exterior?

Step 1: Evaluation

Not all leathers are created equal. Verify the type of leather you’re dealing with before proceeding. Consult a leather repair expert or restoration specialist if needed.

Step 2: Test

Before applying product to the entirety of your leather handbag, it’s best to test a small leather surface area in a less visible area.

Step 3: Supplies

A microfiber cloth will often work for smooth leather, but a leather cleaning brush may be better for textured leather. 

Step 4: Method

Leather experts suggest applying the chosen cleanser to a cloth or brush and cleaning the leather in a circular motion. Once the leather is clean, leave the bag to air dry.

How To Clean Bag Interior?

1. Bag Lining

When applicable, pull out the lining of your bag to shake out any loose particles. Using a compressed air duster or lint roller can aid in this process.

2. Bag Stains

Fabric lining can be spot-cleaned with mild soapy warm water or alcohol-free wipes. Leather and suede interiors should be spot-cleaned with a leather cleanser or suede brush.

How To Clean Bag Hardware?

Clean & Polish

Over time hardware can become scratched and dull, luckily there is a quick fix for that.

Use a jewelry polishing cloth to clean hardware and restore shine. In severe cases, a tarnishing solvent can be used, but must be done with extreme care to avoid getting on the bag.

Where To Buy Designer Leather Bags?

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myGemma sells a wide range of expertly authenticated designer leather bags. With luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Dior at up to 80% off retail, find the perfect leather bag to suit your needs. 

When you buy from myGemma, you help to contribute to a circular economy. Not only is it better for your wallet, but for the planet, too.

Check out the New Arrivals section for the latest additions. myGemma sells everything from luxury leather bags, to watches, to fine jewelry, and everything in between.

How Can I Sell My Designer Leather Bag Online?

Got a designer leather bag you no longer love? If you want to make room in your collection, sell to myGemma. Not only will you get a competitive offer, but the selling journey is quick and simple.

To sell to myGemma, fill out the online form, receive your offer, and get paid. From price quote to payment, the entire process can take as little as 24 hours.

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