Leather handbags are a girl’s best friend … until they become scuffed or stained. Rather than throw your favourite accessory in the bin, follow these tips on protecting and cleaning leather bags to help them last longer.
How to clean a leather bag
The first rule for how to clean leather handbags is to be gentle. If the stain won’t come out after you’ve cleaned the bag thoroughly, you’re best off consulting a professional.
To have a go at home first, follow these steps:
- Empty your bag
- Use a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment to remove loose dirt
- Use a leather cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe over the bag. If you don’t have leather cleaner then you can dip a clean, lint-free cloth into warm, soapy water and gently wipe the bag with it
- Towel dry the bag immediately afterwards. Dab, do not rub, the surface
- Use a clean, dry cloth to apply a small amount of leather protective cream to the bag
- Gently rub the cream into the leather (move with the grain) until it is absorbed
- Leave the bag overnight before using it again
Cleaning Tip: If you find scuff marks on your leather bags then use a dyed protective cream or fabric pen to cover them up. Always test in a small area first.
Cleaning leather bags: Dos and Don’ts
A leather bag needs a bit of TLC every now and then to stay in good shape, so learning how to clean leather bags and how to condition them is a good idea.
- DON’T use too much water. Leather and water don’t mix particularly well, so wipe surface water off as quickly as you can once you’re done cleaning leather bags.
- DON’T use ammonia or bleach. These can stain leather so avoid them, and any cleaning products that contain them. If in doubt, use a specialist cleaner.