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Tips to take care of your leather bag

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

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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.

Bags Store 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.