Looking for the best way to clean your leather sandals, wallets, bags or small leather goods. We shall share some insight, which may act handy for you as an instruction-manual for cleaning leather!
Don’t worry if your favourite leather item gets a stain! Cleaning leather can be easy when you know what cleaning products and methods to use. Remove stains by using a suitable leather shoe cleaner made specifically for smooth leathers. Remember to always test a small area of your leather item first to make sure the cleaning solution does not damage the material.
Fortunately, leather goods are quite durable and hardwearing, but sometimes they do need to be washed because of stains, grease, or just a build-up of general household germs. Because of the properties of leather, using the same cleaning methods as we do when washing clothes is going to result in damaged leather materials.
Here are some quick and easy tips for leather care that will keep your leather goods looking like new.
How to Clean Leather Bags / Purses / Wallets / Sandals?
Leather bags, purses or wallets are very susceptible to stains and spots as they’re used outdoors frequently and often placed on the floor. Many people will simply use a regular soap or detergent to tackle the stains, but this is not a good idea – soap residue left on the leather can prevent the material from breathing, causing dry patches and cracking. Instead, follow these handy tips when you’re cleaning your leather bags, purses or wallets, testing these methods on a small area of your product first to make sure that it doesn’t damage your item.
- Mix 1 part mild soap – such as a facial soap or very mild clothes detergent – with 8 parts water. It’s best to use bottled or distilled water, if possible, to avoid any particles in tap water.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray onto a sturdy cloth or sponge, preferably a microfibre cloth. Never spray directly onto the leather as this could cause oversaturation.
- Gently wipe the stain, going with (rather than against) the grain of the leather.
- Once the stain has dissolved, leave the bag or purse to dry naturally, away from direct sunlight.
- After drying, wipe with a pea-sized amount of leather moisturiser to protect the material.
- Practice proper storage practices for all your leather products, when not in use.