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How to keep your leather wallet or bag looking its best…

Date: 23-May-2013 - Written by Debbie Davies

Your accessories say a lot about your personality and a stylish luxury leather bag or wallet will definitely make you stand out in a crowd.

 

The quality of our leather goods speaks for itself. But once you have spent your money on one of our luxury bags or wallets, you will want to ensure that it lasts you well. Here are our top tips for how to look after your leather bag or wallet and how to keep it looking just as great after a few years use as that day you bought it.

 

Although the majority of our leather goods at Just4Leather are specially treated so that they are waterproof, we advise that you do not expose them to extreme weather conditions such as strong sunlight or heavy rain. Just as overexposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful to our skin, your leather accessories are also susceptible to damage. Extreme sunlight can cause the surface to become fragile and crack or the colour to fade. By all means, use your leather bag or wallet in hot and sunny weather but do not leave it out on a sun lounger or on the dashboard of your car for example. If you use a leather bag in heavy rain and it becomes especially wet, the leather may stain. If using your bag in wet weather is unavoidable, we recommend treating it with an additional leather protector spray. These sprays are readily available in department stores and at your local shoe shop. Water is not the only thing that can stain your leather accessories. Leather can stain quite easily and these stains can be quite difficult to remove. Try to keep your bag away from makeup food or any oil-based products.

 

If you do accidentally spill something on your bag wipe it with a soft damp cloth. If a stain is particularly persistent you could try a leather cleaner. This is also readily available from your local shoe shop. You should also try to keep the interior of you bag clean as spills can leak through the lining causing a stain on the exterior of the bag. If you have a bottle of water, any food, pens or makeup in your bag, ensure that the lids are on securely and won’t leak. Ideally you should keep these in a plastic or lined pouch of some sort.

 

Don’t try to overfill your bag. By doing this you may stretch the leather and pull it out of shape or put too much strain on any handles or straps which could then break. If you aren’t going to be using your bag for a while, you should take out all your stuff and store it in the dust bag or box it came with, in a cupboard or your wardrobe. This will also prevent it from any unnecessary stretching or scratches.

 

If you follow these tips you should be able to take good care of your bag or wallet and prolong its life.

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