Leather is an exquisite material, durable and long-lasting, however it is not resistant to staining and can be damaged if you do not apply the most basic rules of cleaning and taking care of the authentic leather. Be aware that leather can be stained with oil, food, drinks or ink and when it happens, leather products require special cleaning and some types of leather are more delicate than the others. On top of that, there are certain dos and don’ts of cleaning designer bags, which you have to keep in mind before you move on to getting rid of the stain, otherwise you might damage your leather bag beyond repair.
Getting rid of an oily stain
Oily stains are fairly easy to clean as long as you do not let the stain sit in. If the stain is fresh you can simply clean it with a dry cloth or blot the stain with a kitchen towel and apply talcum powder, which will draw out the oil if you let it sit on the stain for a few hours. After removing the powder you can use a leather cleaner. Do not ever apply water on oily stain and if you have to – always apply leather cleaners recommended by the bag manufacturer.
Dark stains and how to clean them
Dark stains resulting from food or drinks can be all cleaned in a similar manner: use a cream of tartar mixed with a lemon juice in 1:1 proportions and apply it on the stain. Rub the stain with a clean, dry cloth and leave the mixture on the leather surface for about 10 minutes. To remove the mixture use a soft cloth soaked in a solution of water and mild soap. Use a soft, dry towel to dry the leather.
The dos and don’ts for amateur bag cleaners
The most important tip for anyone, who want to clean the leather purse is to always follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. When you buy designer handbags online check the detailed description of the bag or visit the official website of the manufacturer to learn more about the precautions and recommended cleaning products. Never use any bleaching products or cleaning solutions, which contain alcohol, oils, silicones, alkaline or ammonia. All these substances can severely damage the surface of the leather. You also should not use a harsh brush or colorful sponge to clean your purse or leather shoes – the former can cause irreversible damage to the leather surface, while the latter may result in transmission of the color from the sponge to the leather. Do not clean the leather bag with water and do not expose it to moisture. Use special leather cleaning products instead. After cleaning do not expose the bag to direct sunlight, as this can result in discoloration or cracked leather. Air dry your bag in a warm and moisture-free environment. Keep your bag in a pouch in-between uses to protect it against dust and the damaging influence of the environment.