How to Clean Leather Bags or purses

Aren’t we all obsessed with our handbags? They definitely fetch us the complement and adores our outfit. A perfect look is incomplete without a handbag. It makes us stylish and more confident. There are celebrities who have been in news merely for their choices of handbags. It is a great investment and a possession. One has to ensure that these bags are handled with care. Here are some of the tips to cleanup your handbags:


Exterior Cleaning:
The daily wear and tear accumulates dirt on our handbags, giving it a shabby and nasty look. The leather bags tend to look dirty due to the external environment and also the oil that the skin secretes makes it appear dull. It is advisable to clean the bag once in a week to reduce light soiling. Take 2 cups of warm water and add little mild soap to it. Stir it till you can see some bubbles. Take a piece of clean cloth and dip in it. Rub the wet cloth on your bag and clean the exterior completely. Take a dry cloth and just dab on it or allow it to dry naturally.

Interior Cleaning:
We are habituated of dumping things in our bags every now and then. The dirt can equally be piled up inside the bag as well. We tend to use it frequently which leads to the dirt. Empty your handbag, such that nothing is left out inside the bag. You can run a lint brush or vacuum hose with inner lining to collect all the dirt that has accumulated inside. Prior to that, you can just hang out bag upside down for the dust to naturally fall down. The last thing which you can do is take the warm water and soap mix (as described above) and wipe it in the interiors. Let it be completely dried off before replacing the contents.

Deep Stains:
Stains can be embarrassing to handle and it leaves us in the most awkward situation. It is a pain to see our most expensive possession getting stained in front of us. However, it is easy to deal with the stains these days.

  • Those dark blue ink stains can be disappeared in a fraction of seconds. Just take a cotton ball and dab it in rubbing alcohol, rub it carefully on the stain till it gradually disappears.
  • Grease stains are little difficult to handle, but can be removed. Sprinkle talcum powder on the leather. Wait several hours and then brush it. Repeat if necessary.
  • There are stains such as wine, food and blood which unknowingly becomes a part of our handbag, Take one part tartar and one part of fresh lime juice and form a paste. Apply the paste on the stains and leave it for sometime. Wipe it off with a wet cloth and see the results.The stains are gone.

Reconditioning leather:
We would have only heard about conditioning our hair and not the leather bags. Yes, our leather bags equally deserve to be cleaned and conditioned to resist the stains and be flexible. Take 2 parts of linseed oil in a plastic bowl and one part of white vinegar to it. Stir it together. Take a clean cloth and dip in the liquid to clean our leather bag. Rub the cloth onto the leather bag in small circular motions and let it stay there for 15-20 minutes so that the leather absorbs the vinegar. Wipe the bag with a clean cloth till it dries. It will shine naturally. Condition your leather bag twice a year to maintain the shine.