Proper storage and maintenance are crucial for preserving the longevity and beauty of your leather bag.
Choose a suitable storage location: Find a cool, dry place to store your leather bag, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Excessive heat and sunlight can cause the leather to fade or crack over time.
Use a dust bag or pillowcase: Keep your leather bag in a dust bag or a breathable pillowcase when not in use. These protective coverings shield the bag from dust, dirt, and light exposure.
Avoid hanging the bag: Avoid hanging your leather bag for extended periods to prevent stretching or distortion. Instead, store it upright or lay it flat on a shelf or drawer.
Fill the bag with tissue paper: If you don't use a bag for an extended period, stuff it with tissue paper to help maintain its shape and prevent the bag from sagging or losing its structure while in storage.
Regularly clean and condition: Regularly clean and condition your leather bag to prevent dirt buildup and maintain its suppleness. Follow the cleaning and conditioning steps mentioned in this blog post, and make it a routine to perform these tasks every few months or as needed.
Handle with clean hands: Clean hands prevent the transfer of substances that could stain or damage the leather.
Keep away from sharp objects: Avoid placing your leather bag near sharp objects or rough surfaces that could scratch or puncture the leather. Be mindful of where you set your bag to prevent accidental damage.
Please avoid contact with water: Leather is not waterproof, so protecting your bag from water exposure is important. If your bag does get wet, gently blot the excess moisture with a soft cloth and allow it to air dry naturally. Avoid using heat sources to speed up the drying process.
Professional restoration: If your leather bag requires extensive repairs or restoration, it's best to consult a professional leather restorer or use a leather repair shop—they have the expertise and tools to handle complex issues.
We know it can be frustrating when a leather bag loses its luster, and we hope you've enjoyed learning how to clean, repair, restore, and revive your bag. Also, by following storage and maintenance tips, you can prolong the lifespan of your leather bag and keep it looking its best.
Most important is the quality of the leather you carry. Always choose 100% full-grain leather—it looks and wears better.
After thirty years of working with leather, Latico is a master at creating heirloom-quality leather bags that mature with age. We hand-select each hide and use a unique blend of natural dyes so that the natural character of each leather piece shines through. If you carry the best, you'll look your best (and have far less maintenance). Shop today, and check out our new arrivals!