There is not a country in the world that has not been affected by the novel Coronavirus. At our warehouse in Connecticut we are taking measures to ensure the safety of our employees and customers by wiping down all touch points and products before we ship items out. Our employees have been wearing masks and gloves since the epidemic started to help prevent the spread and remain open. While testing and government action will help combat this crisis, there is also a lot that we can all do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The CDC and other government organizations have provided recommended actions. It is important that we take the COVID-19 illness seriously, and that we take action to protect ourselves and our family.
If you are using your leather bag in public then cleaning and disinfecting your leather is important. Epidemiologists from NIH say that viruses live longer (up to 72 hours) on smooth surfaces like glass doors, doorknobs, tables and steel. More porous surfaces like leather and fabric don't allow viruses to live as long because the small pores (or holes) trap the microbes and keep them from transferring. This is good news for leather addicts like myself, but the virus can still be present so it is very important to throughly clean and disinfect your Floto bag regularly during the pandemic.
Cleaning Your Leather Bag
The most important part on any leather bag to clean is the handle. The more often your handbag is used, the more likely natural oils - and potentially the coronavirus - are transferred from your hands onto the leather handle. Avoid using soap and water to clean your leather bag because soap is not properly PH balanced for leather and may cause the leather to become brittle. Any good leather cleaner will work, as well as a strong wipe down with a damp cloth or paper towel. If you want to be extra safe, after you clean and condition your bag you can leave it outside in the sun for a couple of hours and let the UV rays do their job of killing the virus.
A lot of people don't recommend this, but I have tested Clorox wipes on our bags and I have not noticed any difference in the leather after it dries. I think this product is safe to use on our leather as long as you do not overdo it - only if you really suspect that it may have the virus. You should also use leather conditioner on the bag afterwards and regularly.
One fashionable option for keeping your handbag clean (especially for ladies) is to wrap the handle with a scarf or bandana. This has been trending in recent weeks and you can find many videos online that show different ways to wrap a handbag handle.
The scary part is we are all fighting this invisible enemy together, yet nothing is a guarantee against infection. On the bright side, with good hygiene and regular cleaning you can reduce your chance of getting infected. I hope this information helps and that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this uncertain time.