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Sunday, 10 March 2013

How to Take Care of your Leather Handbag

Leather handbags are beautiful and functional. Top designers like Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen and Coach use leather in their creation of handbags. The durability of leather is well known, and a well-cared handbag can last you a long time.
If you favour leather over environmentally friendly and PETA approved bags then these 5 easy steps are for you.

1. Get a leather conditioner for your leather handbag.
Many leather cleaners and conditioners are on the market, and you can always check with local handbag retail stores. Coach retail locations sell a leather cleaner and conditioner for $10 each. Be careful to read the directions to make sure it will work for the type of leather your handbag is made from.

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2. Use a non-dyed cloth.
Always apply a small amount of leather cleaner on the cloth and do a colorfast test on a small area. Clean the entire leather portion of the handbag. Follow the cleaner directions closely. Leather handbags usually need to be cleaned once a month. This will keep your handbag clean and free of debris.

3. Condition your leather handbag.
Use a non-dyed cloth and gently rub in the leather conditioner. Use small circles to rub the conditioner in well. This will keep your leather soft and supple. Condition your handbag only after using the cleaning solution first. This also needs to be done once a month. Conditioning the leather will help prevent cracking and breaks in the handbag.

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4. Steer clear of water.
Leather is difficult to dry and may develop water stains. Keep your handbag on your shoulder or on a hook in public bathrooms.

5. Store your leather handbag in a dark, room-temperature area.

This will prevent the leather from fading and help keep the leather from wearing and cracking.

Stay stylish!

Fashion blogger: Elle B.


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