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Tips to take care of your leather bag

Leather handbags usually need to be cleaned once a month. Buy a cleaning solution and leather conditioner suited to the type of leather. Use a soft brush or damp cloth to help clean a patent or finished leather bag. Read on for more tips.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 14, 2010 02:23 IST

Clean it regularly:

Leather handbags usually need to be cleaned once a month. Buy a cleaning solution and leather conditioner suited to the type of leather. Use a soft brush or damp cloth to help clean a patent or finished leather bag. Never soak the cloth in water, as wet leather can stain and mildew.



Apply leather conditioner:

Condition your handbag after using the cleaning solution. This needs to be done once a month, too. Conditioning helps prevent cracking and breaks in the handbag. Use a non-dyed cloth and gently rub in the leather conditioner.



Steer clear of water:

Leather is difficult to dry and may develop water stains. If your leather handbag does get wet, always wipe it off immediately. Let the bag air dry.



BagsStore with care:

When not using it, keep the bag at room temperature in a dark area. This will prevent the leather from fading or cracking. Never use a plastic bag to store it. Use something breathable and natural, such as a pillowcase.

Protect your bag: Avoid exposing the bag to extreme heat or humidity, which can damage its natural oils. Using a heavy heat source, such as a blow dryer, will only dehydrate and damage the leather.