Tips & tricks
UNFINISHED HANDBAG LEATHERS (darken with water)
- Do NOT use hand creams or lotions on your leather. Even though these
are great for your skin, they contain mineral oils and waxes that are
not compatible with leather. You may get a darkening effect that you
desire, but it will attract dirt and soil. Oils except for sulfanated
oils will cause leather to rot over time.
- Do NOT use lanoline leather
the lanolin oil rots leather and makes restoration virtually impossible.
- Do not use Saddle Soap
under any circumstance!! Too harsh for handbag leathers
- pH over
10 which causes pH damage to leather over time.
- Do NOT use baby wipes, or any other wipes on this type of leather as
it may stain.
- If you get oil on your handbag, put corn starch on it immediately.
Rub it in to absorb the oil. Use a light source to create heat for
faster absorption of the oil into the cornstarch. Brush off with a soft
toothbrush or cloth.
- For ink stains and other dirt, use a white eraser and erase the spot
(do not use too much pressure - and check to see if the color is coming
off). Usually if you get the ink right away you can remove all of it.
Ink migrates into the leather fibers so once it is set, you need
- For water stains, there is really no at home solutions
unfortunately. However it can be fixed by a professional leather
technician. Use a protection-treatment on your handbag as soon as you
get it. There are a few available: 3M based products can work if you are
looking for a spray on option (this option wears off fairly quickly and
must be reapplied regularly); Lovin My Bags protection products is
formulated as a rub on and protect from OIL and Water.
- Do NOT use any leather cleaners created for car leather or
furniture leather on your unfinished leather bags as they may
stain and usually are soap based making them too high on the pH scale.
FINISHED HANDBAG LEATHERS (do not darken with
- For ink stains: use a white eraser right away.
- Do NOT use alcohol to remove ink stains. As you can see from the
photo it does not work.
- Do NOT use saddle soap. It is very alkaline (pH over 10) and will
attach the leather finish and affect the pH of the leather. Good for
saddles which are much harder and thicker than handbag leather.
- For other spot soiling use the white eraser, it is effective in
removing many different types of dirt
- For oil stains, use corn starch. Rub in; let corn starch absorb the
oil. Use a light bulb to create some heat, this will facilitate the
absorption of the oil into the cornstarch. Brush off with a soft tooth
brush. Repeat until all oil has been removed.
- Keep OUT of direct sunlight .
- To remove odor from handbags, place a container of baking soda
inside the bag. The larger the surface area the better. Heat will help
release the odor, so the baking soda can absorb it. You may have to
change out the baking soda a couple of times. Lovin my Bags odor out bag
candies are guaranteed to remove smoke odors!
If you have any handbag leather related questions, please feel free to
contact us, we will
gladly give you any advice we can to help you with your leather handbags!