Ellie Levenson

Tips and Tricks

How To Clean Leather Bags?

Cleaning your expensive leather bags is essential – not only will they look a lot better but they will last you a long time. I can’t even count the leather bags I own and since I love them so much I want to make sure they last me… forever.

But before you get to cleaning you need to research the different methods you can use which are safe and won’t damage the bag. If I have to be honest, some of the tips I have found on the internet are questionable and will most likely do more damage than good. This is why I decided to share with you how I maintain my bags clean!

How I Clean My Leather Bags?

I start off by emptying the bag I want to clean. Then I grab an old toothbrush and I wipe my bag with it. This will remove any dirt and dust from the surfaces making it easier to clean.

Then I continue with making my cleaner. I mix baby shampoo and distilled water in a bowl then I pour my detergent into a spray bottle. I spray it ll over my bag then I grab a microfiber cloth and wipe the leather. Do not forget to cover the straps and the bottom of the bag!

Once I am done with the cleaning, I grab a dry towel and wipe the cleaner. This is very important because if you leave the cleaner on the leather it will attract dirt and impurities (and you do not want that!).

Next, I let my bag air-dry completely. You might be tempted to use your hairdryer to speed up the process but this is not a good idea.

Once my bag is clean and dry I normally apply a leather cream on it so that the leather can shine. I scoop it with a cloth and rub the bag in circular motions for a few minutes.

How To Maintain Your Bag Clean?

One of the most important tips I have for you is to store it in a dust bag when you are not using it. This will prevent any dirt and dust from sticking on the leather so you don’t have to clean it that often.

Another tip I have for you is to never treat stains with water. If you are in a restaurant, for example, and you spill something on your leather bag it’s best to leave the stain and properly remove it later rather than soaking it with water. It will make an even bigger mess which will be harder to remove.