Leather accessories aren’t exactly the cheapest item on the block. Your leather totes should last you a long time and should be worth the money you spent. However, pure leather needs to be specially taken care of. In order to keep your bag in good condition and looking chic, you need to understand how to care for it. Here are some tips.
1. Waterproof your bag
Waterproofing your new Floto bag or tote is only necessary if it is made with full grain leather - i.e. our Vecchio Brown, Olive Brown, Tuscan Red, Roma, Parma, etc. If you own a Floto bag that is made with Saffiano Leather, Pebbled Leather, or Smooth Matte Finish Leather (like the Sapri Shoulder Bag pictured above), waterproofing is not necessary.
Waterproofing products are easy to find and, for the most part, easy to use. Waterproofing is especially important if you live in a place that rains a lot or has high humidity. Waterproofing spray works well and is easy to find. You can also use our Leather Cream which is made with only natural ingredients and has a wax base to add waterproofing.
2. Condition and clean your leather totes regularly
Remember not to overpack your bag. This can be hard, especially when you are busy and want to take everything you might need with you. However, overpacking your bag will cause it to stretch and tear. So, keep it light. You should also keep items such as makeup, lipstick, or snacks in baggies so the lining doesn’t become soiled.
5. Rotate your leather totes
Remember that rotation is key! Rotate which bags you use monthly, so they don’t get overused and are able to maintain a pristine condition.
Whether you’re new to leather totes, or just got your hundredth favorite bag, these steps will help ensure you get your money’s worth in appearance and use. Your bag will be more luxurious and last far longer by taking the time to properly care for it.