When it comes to fashion, bags are an accessory, necessity and investment item. The high-quality bags are usually made of leather like Designer Packs. Leather is a great material for a high-quality Designer Packs that will last and looks good that why most people go for it. They look stylish, classic and durable that can be carried on all occasions. Some people are not aware that caring for leather bags is extremely important if they want to enjoy the pleasure of having them for long with no loss of quality. Leather is renowned for its hard-wearing and robust qualities, but a little extra care goes a long way in keeping your most prized Designer Packs and accessories in top condition. During the winter months in particular, rain, snow and changing temperatures can affect the quality and appearance of leather.

 

Why it’s important to care for leather bags regularly?


The leather has tendency to acquire a patina (oxidation over a longer period of time), which may result in leather darkening due to the oils from your skin and direct sunlight. Hence, it becomes required to keep the leather bag away from prolonged intense sunlight, heat and humidity. It is the care with which you use and look after your bag that preserves its beauty.

It is always good practice to show your leather accessories some TLC regardless of the weather. Every one to two months, apply a layer of hide cream or leather conditioner using a soft cloth to protect and nourish the hide. Work in small circles and make sure to test the product on a small, inconspicuous patch beforehand.

 

Storage

 

You must also fill the bag with butter paper or bubble wrap because it will maintain the shape of your bag. Some people stuff their bags with newspapers but it is never a good idea, as leather may not retain its original shape after expansion, which generally happens in case of using newspapers.

Dustbags - A dustbag or tissue paper can protect your valuable patent leather shoes and bags from over-exposure to moisture and sunlight. If you don't have a dustbag for your item, simply use a white cotton pillow case or check out this DIY dustbag tutorial.

Stand upright - Slightly stuff your bag with some clothing or tissue paper and stand it upright in your dustbag. This will help if you have it, store your bag in its original box. 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 — in this event, the bag should lie flat. You can keep track of your bags by including a note with the name of the bag on the box or dustbag

Silica Gel: Put packets of silica gel inside the bag to prevent it from dampening. Also, at least once in every two weeks, keep your leather bag outside to let some air pass in to prevent any growth of mold. In case your bag has a chain handle, put it inside the bag to avoid any scratch on the outside leather during the storage period.  You can also use bubble wrap to cover the metal part of your leather bag.

Cleaning: When a paper towel dampened with water doesn't work in polishing your patent leather item, try Windex sprayed onto a paper towel. Windex helps in removing stubborn dust and smudging.

Discoloration: While patent leather is more resistant against tears and cuts and stains from liquids than regular leather, it is more prone to color transfer through scratching and scuffing. So when patent leather is flawed, it is usually due to color transfer. Petroleum jelly, isopropyl alcohol and nail polish remover with acetone can help with discoloration.

 

Keeping it Dry: It is best to keep your leather completely dry, but if you happen to get caught out in a shower or a snow flurry, simply wipe your bag with a dry, clean cloth as soon as possible and allow it to dry naturally at room temperature. Do not be tempted to dry it on a radiator or next to a window in direct sunlight as this can cause damage and fading. If you are attending a festive party, sidestep the possibility of scratching your handbag or clutch by avoiding sharp rings or bangles. Also, always use our protective felt dust bags for storage. Small scuffs can be taken care of with by gently buffing the area with Vaseline or oil but always test on a discreet area beforehand. Leather is very durable, however be mindful about exposure to extreme temperatures. Both freezing and very high temperatures can dry out and potentially crack leather. Store your bags, belts, and accessories at room temperature and avoid exposing them to artificial heat from radiators and hair dryers.

 
Removing Stains: You will want to try petroleum jelly on a paper towel or q-tip first. If this does not work, try the isopropyl alcohol. Based on our experience, patent leather can withstand moderate amounts of pressure using alcohol on a paper towel or q-tip. We have not experienced any shine loss with using isopropyl alcohol. If both the petroleum jelly and isopropyl alcohol do not work, that means the stain has been absorbed into the lacquer. Try the much stronger and harsher nail polish remover with acetone. Wet the q-tip in nail polish remover. With very light pressure, move the tip in small circular motions on the discoloration spots. Then, using a dry clean q-tip end, move the tip in small circular motions around the same area. If the discoloration fades, repeat until the discoloration is gone. Be very careful with the nail polish remover. This substance can remove shine to your patent leather if not used in a careful judicious way.

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