A beautiful leather case is not only an optical highlight, but as a rule a quality product, which is characterized by durability. Once attached, one would like to have the beautiful companion for a long time at his side. However, environmental influences, stress caused by daily use as well as small breakdowns can affect the leather and therefore the appearance of the bag. In the following, you will learn how to take care of your leather case so that you can enjoy it for a long time.
Genuine leather handbags need care
Leather can become cracked with time and get unpleasant traces of use. If it is so far, the optics of the bag loses more or less its luster. However, with proper care, the leather case remains supple and retains its beautiful appearance. Regular care can be provided by means of leather milk or other leather care products. If you are unsure whether you have the right care product, you can apply it to an inconspicuous area of the bag and wait for color changes or stains. In general the care instructions of the manufacturers have to be observed.
Although this leather is very firm, the surface remains soft. Handbags from Büffelleder have a natural look and an expressive character. They are the perfect choice for everyday use. Buffalo leather you can maintain with leather cleaning foam and if necessary also use a nano-impregnating spray. A leather grease treatment is not recommended because of the formation of residues.
Handbags of crisp leather have a slightly textured surface. In the manufacturing process, the leather is folded by manually folding a fold manually over the leather. Synthetic leather handles can be cleaned with a leather cleaning foam and a soft cloth. For the care an impregnating wax spray is recommended.
In the embossed leather, the natural scarring of the animal skin is altered. In the production process, the leather is treated by means of a laser, punch or a roller. Depending on the product or requirement, a color film is also used. The result is, for example, fashion handbags in various colors and a crocodile look. Also here you can eliminate light soiling with a soft cloth and leather cleaning foam. For the care you can use a wax spray or a vario-impregnating agent.
This leather often has a highly textured surface. The very stable structure is produced by a special tanning process. Slight impurities can be removed with a leather cleaning foam and a soft cloth. We recommend using a wax spray for maintenance.
Leather, whose side of the grain is outwardly treated, is called smooth leather. For calfskin boots, calfskin, goat leather, lambskin and cowhide are used. Lighter dirt can be removed with a lint-free cloth and some leather cleaning foam. For the care you can treat the bag with wax spray, alternatively with nursing milk or a leather care lotion. In general, you should pay attention to the manufacturer’s care instructions. Thus, leather grease is rarely suitable for the care of handbags.
What distinguishes this leather from others is its water-repellent and airtight property. In the production process, the leather is painted on the grain side or coated with a film. Polyurethane varnishes are predominantly used, which give the handbag a glossy surface. For the cleaning of bags made of patent leather, only care products from specialist retailers should be used. Fatty care products can not enter the leather and are therefore unsuitable as a care product. For light soiling, a soft, moistened cloth can provide relief.
Nappa leather is a chrome-tanned and full-grain leather of various animal species. The special feature of this leather is that the scars and structure of the skin are completely preserved. Handbags made of nappa leather feel very soft and supple. Care must be taken to ensure that bags made of nappa leather must be protected from moisture and strong sun. Light soiling can be removed with leather cleaning foam. The classic in terms of leather care – the wax sprays are also a good choice.
Bags made of high-quality nubuck leather are very sturdy. It is little wonder that the currently very popular shoppers are often made of this leather. As a rule, beef, sheep or goat leather is used. The surfaces of the nubuck leather pockets have a unique look thanks to the scoring on the side. The material is pleasantly velvety and soft. For the care of your nubuck bag you can use a nubuck eraser. These are available in leather goods retailers. An impregnator for suede is recommended as an additional cleaning agent.
Pull-up leather/fat leather
Pull-up or fat leather is characterized by a colored grease layer on the upper side. Over time, handbags from pull-up leather get a unique patina and thus the desired look. Slight traces of use can be repaired with a sponge and leather grease. For the care you can use appropriate means for fat leather from the specialist trade. Note that the formation of traces of use is a characteristic of fat leather. Your bag gets the desired uniqueness.
Rindleder – the classic among the leathers – owes its robustness to its versatile use. Be it a shopper, a shoulder bag or an action bag – models from Rindleder are represented in nearly all pockets. A distinction is made between full cowhide (the top skin layer) and cowhide (the underlying skin layer). Both leather types represent high-quality natural products, whereby full cowhide scores through its dense fiber fabric, very good strength as well as resilience. Thanks to these characteristics, the appearance of the bags made of cowhide is maintained for a long time. In terms of care applies: Here too, you can polish light traces of use with a sponge and leather grease. Additional care products for fatty leather can be found at the specialist store.
Suede is strongly roughened, open-pored and therefore very breathable. In the suede, the inside (also the meat side) is turned outwards. For the care you need a nubuck eraser, with which can be coarse dirt can be eliminated. Small impurities can be treated with a leather cloth and a little leather cleaning foam. So that your bag of suede for a long time remains an eye-catcher, you should maintain it regularly with wax spray or lotion for leather. Leather is not suitable for roughened leather because it leaves behind residues.
Do not forget the impregnation
It is understandable, if you want to use your new handbag immediately. Before that, however, you should take a precaution and impregnate your new purchase. This keeps the leather from rain or moisture. If the impregnation persists, unsightly water spots can form. For very soft models, it may be useful to fill the pouch with cloths before treatment to allow for even access to the surface. Important note: Impregnation sprays should not be used in confined areas. The vapors released during this process should not be inhaled. The impregnation can be done outside in the fresh air. If the sprayed protective layer has dissolved after six to eight weeks, simply repeat the whole process.
So you can keep your leather case
Are you planning to put away your leather case, for example, for a while? First of all you should empty the bag completely and go over it with a soft cloth. With a suitable cleaning agent for the appropriate leather, you can then handle the bag. Before you take the bag away, it must be completely dry. To make sure that the shape remains one hundred percent, you can stuff the bag with silk paper. Never store your leather bag in a plastic bag. Perfect for this is a fabric bag or cardboard box. The place of storage should be cool, dry and dark. As is known, leather exposed to heat is brittle, the sun is bleaching, while moisture can cause mold formation.
How stains are caused by leather
There may be various causes for the appearance of unsightly spots. These include: sun exposure, moisture, dirt and grease. But also by the everyday use of the handbag stains can arise, for example by the contact of the bag with the body. Greasy spots or shaded areas can be caused by frequent handling of the bag, since the hands are never greaseless or perfectly clean.
If your leather case has become damp and has now unsightly water spots, you should make the drying with special caution. Heating heat and UV light must be avoided. Put on the hot radiator, the leather pocket can carry a permanent deformation. The danger that the heat fractures in the leather form, is also very large. UV light can cause fading of the leather and can also adversely affect the quality of the bag. The best way to dry the wet bag is by tamping it with a lot of paper (eg newspaper) and transporting it into the fresh air.
You discovered a spot on the expensive designer bag? The first thing to do is to keep calm. Leather stains can be eliminated. Try to solve the stain with a leather eraser or a special sponge. Do not experiment with unsuitable household products. Thus, a leather stain treated with a nail varnish remover is not removed, but more stressed.
Minimize the risk of water spots
An insider tip for those who want to be safe on the go: with a fabric bag or a foldable fabric bag, one is on the safe side, should there be a sudden rain or hailstorm. In this case simply stow the leather case securely in the bag and protect it from water stains. By the way: If there is a major damage, you should not forget the possibility that you can give your treasure of leather in the professional cleaning.
Shoe cream for the leather case
Can leather shoes be worn like leather shoes? The application of shoe polish in the appropriate leather color is a popular classic. A high-quality shoe cream can also be used to care for handbags, but caution is advised. Some products of shoe manufacturers are specially designed for smooth leather and can lead to quality degradation in natural leather handbags. Therefore: always pay attention to the care recommended by the manufacturer and consult the dealer in case of doubt.
It is astonishing to see what happens after a while in the interior of the bag:crumbs, hair, paper scraps etc. It is therefore useful to clean the handbag at regular intervals and to clean it from the inside. Alternatively, use a hand-held vacuum cleaner to gently vacuum the bag. A good side effect:During regular cleaning of your pocket, you can also detect small cracks or holes faster and act accordingly.
The wide range of products on the market makes it not easy to find the right leather handbag. Optics and functionality must be appealed and matched to character or occasion. Once the decision has been made, it is important to remember that a genuine leather bag needs appropriate care. After all, the good piece should remain a faithful companion for a long time and shine with a noble look. Basically, you should read the care instructions and follow these of course. The manufacturer’s instructions for care are often found on the label.
Bags made of natural leather usually require some care and cleaning, but they are easy to apply. For example, coarse soiling caused by mud, for example, can be removed after drying with a brush. For bags with a smooth surface, specialized specialist cleaning products are the right choice for you. Care should be taken with products that are designed for the particular type of leather. It is recommended to leave the leather case resting for one day after treatment. The protective materials are then completely absorbed into the leather.