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How to Care for Leather Handbags

Floto Leather Handbag Women's Bag

When you take care of your leather bags, they will take care of you. Leather bags for women can last for decades when properly taken care of. Preserving the beauty and quality of your investment requires cleaning and condition the leather and storing the bag in the correct conditions.

In addition, there are a few things you can do regularly that will also help to take care of your leather bags.

  • Keep Your Hands Clean: Leather will naturally absorb oils and other foreign substances that come into contact with it. Therefore, it is critical to keep your hands clean when touching and handling your leather handbag. Over time, the oil from your hands will darken the leather, often resulting in stained spots. Not only will your bag have stains, but the oil residue will also attract dust and dirt, leaving your bag looking dirty.
  • Store Makeup in a Separate Pouch: Because leather can easily be stained, it is imperative that you store any potentially damaging products, such as makeup, in a separate pouch inside your handbag. This will help to prevent your bag from becoming damaged if something leaks.
  • Don’t Overstuff Your Bag:  We’ve all experienced that moment when we’re tempted to stuff one more item into an already overflowing handbag. When you routinely overstuff your bag, it can have permanent consequences by altering its shape. The best way to ensure that your handbag retains its shape and lovely contours, you’ll want to limit yourself to only carrying the essentials. This also means you’ll want to avoid carrying around heavy objects, as it puts unnecessary strains on the handles. Over time the handles can become stretched or even tear.
  • Avoid Getting Beauty Products On Your Bag: Beauty products, such as hairspray, gel, etc., can be damaging to your bag. Therefore, you will want to be sure that your bag is not nearby when you touch-up your hair. That being said, when you go to the hair salon, keep your leather bag away from the chair as hair dyes and styling solutions can cause irreparable damage to your bag. Hair products are not the only beauty products that can be harmful to your leather bag. Items such as perfume, spray deodorant, and lotion can also be harmful to a leather handbag.
  • Keep it Dry:  Another important thing to keep in mind to preserve and protect your leather handbag is to keep it dry. Moisture can quickly damage your bag by causing the leather to swell up and lose its shape. If at all possible, avoid using your leather bag on rainy or snowy days. If you happen to get water or moisture on your bag, you can blot it dry using towels to soak up the majority of the water, allowing it to air dry the rest of the way on its own. Do not use a hair dryer or any other type of direct heat to dry out your bag.
  • As you can see, there are ways in which you can unintentionally damage leather bags for women during regular use. By being mindful of what you are putting into your bag and how it is being used, you can preserve your bag for years to come!