A Mebala leather bag is the product of centuries-old trusted tradition performed by skilled crafters.
You don’t have to baby your leather bag since leather is very durable. To keep in it’s best condition requires cleaning, conditioning, and proper storage of your leather bag. Here are a few tips we’ve learned along the way:
LEATHER BAG CARE IN 3 STEPS
– Soft, clean cloth
– Leather cleaner
– Leather conditioner
– Parchment paper or bubble wrap
– Bubble wrap
– Dust bag
1. HOW TO CLEAN YOUR LEATHER BAG
Be sure you’re cleaning your leather bag with clean hands. Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oil.
Do a quick cleaning every other day, briskly sweeping your leather bag with a soft, dry, or slightly damp cloth. (Do not use too much water; leather takes time to dry.)
Once or twice a year, do a more thorough cleaning to remove dirt build-up. Wipe down your leather bag with a cleaner that is specifically for leather. Apply in a circular motion, and wipe off with a slightly damp cloth to avoid clogging the pores of the leather.
2. HOW TO CONDITION YOUR LEATHER BAG
Leather conditioner is like moisturizer for your leather bag. Without it, the leather will dry out over time.
To prevent flaking and wrinkling, apply leather conditioner to a soft cloth and gently rub over entire bag.
Depending on the dryness or humidity in your climate, apply conditioner at least twice a year, up to once a month or so, to keep your leather bag soft and supple.
3. STORING YOUR LEATHER BAG
Stuff your leather handbag with bubble wrap or parchment paper (but not newspaper, as it will smear) to restore and hold its shape.
Place your stuffed leather bag in its original dust bag, and then store in its original box, along with silica gel packets to avoid dampness.
Air your leather bag once every two weeks to prevent mould growth.
Take care to not let water absorb into the leather. If your handbag or jacket gets very wet, wipe off excess moisture as soon as possible. Do not dry the leather with a hairdryer; let it air dry, and then apply a leather conditioner.
Do not use cleaning products that contain alcohol, as these will dry out and possibly discolour your leather purse or bag.
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