Cleaning & Care Tips
First and Foremost :
1. Take precautions to ensure that you have to do as little cleaning as possible to your bag. Always place your bag in a dust cover when it is not in use. Use a purse liner to protect the interior. Be sure to keep your bag off the ground by purchasing a table top purse hanger to use when you are out in public.
2. Always clean oil stains with cornstarch. Oil can really cause an issue on leather. If oil should touch your bag’s surface, lightly dab some cornstarch on the stain. This will soak up the oil and leave your bag’s surface unharmed.
3. Use an eraser tip for pen or pencil marks. Before cleaning your entire bag, focus on pencil and pen marks as these stains are more difficult to remove from the bag’s surface. Using a white art eraser, gently rub the eraser across the pencil or pen mark to remove the blemish. Do not scrub to vigorous against the surface, as doing this will likely result in discoloration in that area. Inspect the bag carefully to ensure that you have removed all these marks before continuing on with the cleaning process.
4. Clean the entire exterior of your bag with a cleaner specifically designed for use on leather, Apple Cleaner seems to work well, but that is just my personal opinion. Apply the cleaner with a non-abrasive cloth and rub in small, soft circular strokes. Do not scrub at the bag’s surface as this could change the color or texture of your bag. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on your leather cleaner bottle, as specific directions for use vary from product to product and failure to follow these directions could result in damage to your designer bag.
5. Use a very mild detergent to clean the interior. With a gentle hand soap , spot treat any areas of dirt inside the bag. Apply this detergent by moistening a cloth and using a small amount of the soap on the cloth. Rub the soapy cloth directly on any stained areas to remove the dirt. Rinse away the soap by rubbing the spot again with a cloth that contains water only mo additional soap.
6. Allow entire purse and liner to dry naturally. Do not use blow dryer or any other drying method as doing so can result in damage to your bag. Condition the leather. Purchase a leather conditioner, again I use Apple Conditioner as my personal choice but you can use any that you may like. Use the conditioner to treat the leather and ensure that it remains soft and supple.
Should you have any odors in your bag, you can usually eliminate them with baking soda. If the interior of your purse smells, place a small container of baking soda inside and allow it to sit for a few days. The baking soda will absorb the smell and ensure that your bag is clean both inside and out.
Storage Of Your Bags
Now that your bag is empty and clean, you must stuff it in order for it to keep its shape. It is good to use acid-free tissue paper, a small pillow, or a small amount of bubble wrap. Be sure to wrap exposed hardware (including buckles and zipper pulls) with a piece of tissue paper to keep it from making imprints on your bag over time.
If you the original box, its a good idea to store it in that. Otherwise, line your bags up on a shelf in your closet. If the shelf is not tall enough, do not allow the handles of the bag to be pressed down or crammed to close together.The bag should lie flat. Always try to use box or dust bag cover, you can tag each box or cover so that you don’t have to open several boxes before you find the one you want to use.