Have you used your quality leather purse for a while and although still constructionally sound is fading from dust and dirt?
You want to learn how to clean a leather purse without spoiling the leather? Is there any chance to rejuvenate your favorite bag?
First check if your purse is made by finished or unfinished leather (like suede). Fortunately, most bags are made by finished leather because unfinished leathers needs to be cleaned by professionals.
A simple test for finished or naked leather is to put a drop of moisture or just a drop of water on the surface of the leather – if it soaks into the leather you have an aniline style (unfinished leather) – a lot of these type of leathers do have a coating of some sort but still remain absorbent to moisture. If the moisture sits on the surface you have a finished leather.
Now, it’s time to meet our enemies. Water, ink, and oil, these three are the kind of stain that easily ruin your expensive and favorite bag.
Act quickly – as soon as you detect such a stain, go home and use a slightly damp cloth with a small amount of moisturizing soap over the stain and rub it with smooth circle motions for a few minutes. Then wipe it off and let it dry completely.
The worst of all – Use plain rubbing alcohol. Begin by dampening a white cotton pad or cotton swab with the alcohol. Start working from the outside of the stain toward in the middle. Keep the work area small – you do not want to spread it into a bigger area! (more…)