Longchamp is a Paris-based luxury goods and accessories design house that manufactures products in a broad range of materials including leather, suede, fabrics and mixed media embellishments. Longchamp bags and products have specific care guides based on their material elements and a highly detailed care and cleaning guide can be found on their website as noted in Resources. Basic care and maintenance of Longchamp bags will maintain their beauty and extend their useful life.
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Things you need
- soft clean cloths
- leather cleaner & conditioner with lanolin
- Mr. Clean Magic eraser or other micro-sponge
- Suede brush
- Metal polish or embedded polishing cloth
Remove scuffs and heavy dirt marks with a barely dampened Eraser type micro sponge. A gentle rubbing motion will lift most transfer scuffs and marks. Wipe and buff the surface with a clean soft towel to finish.
Brush suede bags or suede portions of Longchamp bags gently with a suede brush using the wire side to clean the suede and the rubber toothed side to smooth and groom the suede nap. Always brush in the direction of the nap when working with suede.
Wipe down patent leather and high gloss or lacquer leather finish bags with a barely damp soft towel or rag and buff to a gleam with a second dry soft cloth.
Wipe down smooth leather with a quality leather cleaner and conditioner in a lotion or cream form. Load a clean cloth with a quarter-sized dollop of conditioner and rub gently in a circular motion all over the bag. Buff off the conditioner with a second clean cloth and buff to a clear shine.
Polish metal handbag hardware with a clean dry, or ever so slightly damp, cloth. Most Longchamp hardware is clear-coated with lacquer so metal polishes should be avoided. If, however, the lacquer clear coat has already been removed and your hardware is solid metal, metal polishing compounds such as Tarnx or Brasso can brighten hardware finishes, though this is not recommended by the manufactuer. Wipe on according to the polish instructions and buff briskly with a clean cloth to remove residue and produce shine.
Tips and warnings
- Never use any harsh liquid or abrasive cleaners on your Longchamp bag as they may stain the surface and damage its structure.
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