How to Protect Leather Bags

Written by helen jain
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How to Protect Leather Bags
Leather bags are a fashionable item. (leather bag image by Alex White from

Leather bags are luxury items that can be expensive, especially when they are brand name. Leather bags can be prone to damage due to humidity, water, daily use or mould. Keeping the leather supple and strong can make the bag last longer and remain aesthetically pleasing for longer periods of time. Protecting the bag can take some preventive action, but the leather will last longer and will continue to look beautiful for years with proper care.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Leather conditioner
  • Saddle soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Wipe all dust and dirt from the leather bag with a soft cloth often. Dust should be removed daily or every other day.

  2. 2

    Dampen the soft cloth and then apply saddle soap, working it into the bag with a gentle, circular motion. Apply one squirt of saddle soap to the wash cloth. If using soap that is not in a bottle, use approximately a button-sized amount of soap for the bag. Saddle soap is a mild soap that is appropriate for most leathers. Test for discolouration problems in an unnoticeable area, such as the bottom of the bag, to ensure the soap will not ruin the dye. Typically, saddle soap will not be problematic for most leather bags. Wipe the excess soap away with a clean, damp cloth.

  3. 3

    Dry the leather completely after wiping it down. This prevents mould and mildew growth on the leather bag. Always keep the bag as dry as possible or dry it immediately after it has got wet.

  4. 4

    Apply leather conditioner when the leather starts to feel hard, stiff or like it is going to crack. Leather conditioners are made specifically to improve the flexibility of the leather.

  5. 5

    Store the leather bag in an area free of moisture. Water and heat are bad for leather.

Tips and warnings

  • If the mould or mildew growth starts on the leather, clean the leather bag with a mixture of half rubbing alcohol and half water. Dampen a cloth in the mixture and wipe the mould or mildew free. Treat the leather with conditioner after the mould or mildew is removed and the leather has dried.

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