How much do you love your bag? For many women, their precious leather handbags are valuable assets that they just need to have for a long time. Whether you own an expensive designer handbag or not, making sure it stays in mint condition is in many women’s wish list. To have your wish granted, we’ve talked to handbag cleaning and repair experts from LoveyourPurse about the best leather handbag care and cleaning products in the market right now. Here’s what they shared with us to give your bag its natural, glamorous shine back!
1. Loving My Bag Spa Treatment ($7.60)
The large surface of a handbag demands special care so give it some TLC pronto. This mind cleaning and conditioning cream with aloe vera smooths, nourishes, moisturizes, and protects all kinds of smooth leather (soft leather) while giving it a lovely shine. It also prevents cracks.
2. Loving My Bag Patent ($.7.20)
Perfect for bags that need a boost to intensify their color tone without losing their supple feel. This product also helps remove marks and prints. However, for stubborn marks, we suggest Perfect Gel. Patent is suitable for patent leather and synthetic materials while Perfect Gel is for patent, natural, and mat leather. Finally, if you want to protect your bag from dirt damage and discoloration from water, Protector will provide an invisible shield against both.
3. Leather Cleaner by TriNova ($17.95)
If the form of a spray, this product promises the removal of tough stains such as oil and grime, as well as dirt in one go. It comes with a pH-balance formula that nourishes the deeper layers of leather. Complete the treatment with conditioner for utmost protection. With no toxic ingredients and detergents that might come a little harsh on the leather, it gently cleans and prevents dullness and discoloration of leather. Suitable for all types of leather, except nubuck and suede.
Note: You can also use it on leather shoes, sofas, furniture, seat covers, jackets, and saddles!
4. Leather Care by Apple Brand ($6.95)
Free of additives, oils, and waxes, Leather Care will clean finished leather and color-fast suede and help you get rid of excess oils, food stains, and soil, and nourish your precious one at the same time. For nubuck and suede, it’s best to use Suede and Nubuck Cleaner and remove water- and oil-based stains.
5. Boot & Shoe Care by Cadillac ($7.95)
Despite its name, this lotion is perfect to clean, protect (against cracking, water damage, and dirt damage), and polish leather. It leaves a nice shiney film and can also be used on exotic skins and reptile, just as much as vinyls and patents!
6. Alfani Leather Lotion (Macy’s) (CAD 7.97)
Don’t be afraid of the small 8-ounce bottle. You will need just a little amount every time to get the job done! It is a cleaner and conditioner in one and will allow you to prolong the lifespan of your fine designer leather handbag. Great on all smooth leather but not suitable for suede and nubuck. You may also use it to polish and condition other leather items, such as boots!
7. Leather Cleaner & Conditioner by Michael Kors ($9.95)
Another fab product to protect, polish, and preserve your leather handbag. Not recommended to use on nubuck and suede but does a great job on all other types of leather. Now, if you want a product specifically designed to meet the demands of nubuck and suede, you can try Suede & Nubuck Cleaner by Kiwi to remove dirt and dust from your bag, shoes, jacket, coat or any other nubuck or suede item and restore their natural texture. Furthermore, the product also helps create a barrier on the surface of the bag that allows you to easily wipe away any spillages since they are prevented from penetrating the leather and setting in for good.
8. Signature Fabric Cleaner by Coach ($10)
If your handbag is fabric material with leather trims, it’s important to apply fabric cleaner to remove stains and clean the fabric as well. This product by Coach is a highly effective fabric cleaner that won’t harm your leather or fabric material.
Smart Products to Help Keep your Leather Handbag in Great Condition for a LONG time!
1. Handbag hooks
How many times have you sat in a bar or restaurant and put your much-loved handbag on the floor? No matter how careful you are when you put it down, it accumulates dirt. Plus, you run the risk of scratching it or damaging it. And, since prevention is always much preferred than having to deal with a problem, we suggest using a handbag hook. We’ve found some pretty cool ones for your eyes only, at $2.77!
2. Dustbag (from $4.30)
A large dustbag is, perhaps, the number one accessory we should all buy when we purchase a leather handbag. When the bag is not used, we can keep it clean and prevent damages from spills and dust while allowing leather to breathe at the same time. That’s what a dustbag will do when you store your leather bag. And, don’t forget to stuff it with towel or paper before you place it in the dustbag to maintain its shape.
3. Essentials Care Kit
If you are on the go and want to keep your handbag clean and also catch any stains early, a care kit with the essentials will definitely help. It will protect from everyday grime and dirt and help maintain your handbag collection easily and quickly. Now, if you find a kit with products that can be used on leather and fabric and can be applied on both the exterior and interior of your handbag, then you hit the jackpot! Ideally, this kit should contain a leather cleaner, leather protection cream, fabric cleaner, fabric protector, cleaning cloths and/or sponges!
Of course, if you are unsure or still have concerns about cleaning your leather handbag and would prefer an expert to do the dirt job for you, the guys at LoveyourPurse are doing a great job and have all the experience required to not only remove scruffs and stubborn stains from your beloved accessory, but also repair any damage done and give you back a handbag like brand new!