Cleaning Leather Purse Advice
A leather purse can be very fashionable and elegant; however as time goes by their beauty can fade due to grime and dirt. Not only will regular cleaning of your purse keep it looking brand new, it will also help to extend the life of the leather. You may be wondering how to clean a leather purse? Well here are a few simple steps to follow:
How To Clean Leather Purse That is Lightly Soiled
Never forget to look at the tags on your leather purse for any manufacturer´s instructions as to how to properly clean it. If anything in the manufacturer’s advice goes against what is advised in this article, always follow the advice of the manufacturer. You can use a good leather purse cleaner or you can follow the advice below.
Tip: Before using any of these methods, it is important to always test a small and inconspicuous area of your purse.
• Soft cloth for cleaning
• Mild liquid body or facial soap
• Warm distilled water
• Small bucket or bowl
• Soft sponge or rag
• Dry towel
• Leather conditioner/protector that is liquid based
• Empty your purse of any contents, make sure to open it up wide and unzip all the interior pockets, turn it upside down and vigorously shake it to dislodge and dirty or debris that is loose.
• With a soft, dry cleaning cloth, wipe out the interior of your purse.
• In around two cups of the distilled water, mix in a few drops of the liquid soap and mix until it suds.
• Dip your soft rag or sponge into the mixture and thoroughly wring it out, it should be barely wet.
• With the damp rag, wipe your leather purse´s surface.
• With the towel thoroughly dry it, as you do biff to restore luster.
• Following the product instructions, treat the surface of the leather with the conditioner/protector
How To Remove Stains From Leather Purse
1. How To Clean Ink From A Leather Purse
Dip a cotton swab into isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and gently rub it over the an area of your purse that is hidden, for example an inner seam, once you are sure that it does not remove the dye on the leather
you can them rub it over the ink stain. Once the ink is gone, use a blow dryer set on the lowest setting to dry it. If when you tested with alcohol you found it was not safe to use, you will have to purchase a stain remover for removing ink from leather.
2. Dark Stains
This will include food, blood, and other such substances. With one part lemon juice and one part cream of tartar, make a paste. Rub the paste over the stain gently and let it sit for ten minutes. As described able for genera leather purse cleaning, remove the paste using moisturizing soap and a damp rag. With a dry soft towel or rag, buff the leather.
3. Grease Stains
Using a dry rag, simply wipe the stain from the leather. Never apply water to a grease stain.
Additional Tips, Pointers and Advice
• Avoid placing a leather purse directly in the sun as this will dry out the leather causing it to fade as well as possibly crack.
• When choosing a sponge for cleaning your leather purse, choose sponges that are natural and do not contain color as colored ones could bleed their dye.
• A leather purse should not be exposed to excess water or moisture, this could damage the leather.
• When cleaning your purse, avoid using any abrasive cleansers or harsh cleaners, this could damage the surface.
• Never use any kind of polish, oils such as mink oil, or any product that contain silicone or waxes, this includes most care products, this could damage the leather as well as make it feel sticky.
• It is best to avoid the use of alcohol, saddle soap, varnish, bleach, or any cleaners that are ammonia based they could be very harsh and cause discoloration or damage to your purse.
• On occasion leather will have to be replenished and reconditioned, even though there are products you can purchase for this, you could try mixing two parts linseed oil and one part distilled water. Shake well and in a circular motion apply to the leather. After letting it sit for around ten minutes, with a soft cloth buff the purse once or twice.
• Never use alkaline cleaners such as baby wipes to clean your leather purse, it could cause damage to the finish.
Follow The Basics Of Cleaning A Leather Purse
Now you know how to clean and remove stains from a leather purse in a way that will not damage the leather.
Keep in mind that if you are ever in doubt as to how to clean a leather purse properly, it is best to seek the advice and/or assistance of a professional who specializes in leather cleaning.