Good quality leather handbags are the end result of painstakingly detailed craftsmanship, so they deserve to be treated with utmost care. The need to maintain your leather bags becomes even more pertinent in Singapore, as the humid conditions might cause these precious carryalls to wear out faster. But taking care of leather goods can be tricky, and stressful, especially when they are your one investment piece.
There are different types of leather, which means different ways to care of each one, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. But before we go into how you can specifically care for five different types, here are some general rules and neat tricks you can deploy to save any leather piece and increase its lifespan.
Carry along a cosmetics pouch: Yes, we know it is more convenient to place your blushers and loose powders directly into the smaller compartments of your bags, but these products are prone to spillage and are bound to stain the linings of your bags. Invest in a separate bag for your make-up.
Keep your dustbags: After every usage, store your leather bags in their dustbag, and stow them away in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.
Treat them like your baby: Leather bags need plenty of care and attention. We recommend cleaning your bag after every use with a clean, dry cloth. If there are any unwanted fine particles inside your bags, flip them inside out and use a lint roller to remove them.
Avoid water: Water and leather do not mix since leather has a permeable nature, so refrain from getting your leather bags caught in the rain.
Stuff them with newspaper: Since leather is supple in nature, they would tend to go out of shape after perpetual use. In order to maintain its original shape, it’s important that you keep and reuse the original stuffing that has been provided, or use a soft material — like polyester or even cotton towels. Never, we repeat, never consider newspapers as an alternative for stuffing, as they would stain the insides of your bags, especially those that are light coloured or unlined.
Use vinyl or plastic for storage: They are non-porous and good tools in trapping moisture, which can encourage mold build-up and cause your product to discolour. It’s important to let the leather breathe.
Forget to remove everything before storage: Do not neglect those little pockets — any objects, from pens to lipsticks, would cause stains and unwanted damage to the insides of your bags if they are not properly kept.