2. Always Clean Off Stains
This happens to all of us. You might be having tea or coffee and you accidentally spill some on your leather bag
. Leather is essentially animal hide which is skin so this means that it is porous. This means that leather allows moisture like water to pass through and if that happens and it isn't cleaned immediately it can cause issues like molding, staining as well as discoloration.
So, if you have accidentally poured something on your leather goods, always wipe it off as fast as possible. The longer the stain stays on your leather, the harder it would be for it to be removed.
If you know you will be using your leather bag
that day, always make sure you are careful if there is a possibility of a stain and also keep a dedicated cloth to wipe off any stains when possible.3. Buy Leather Stain Protectors
Using a dedicated leather protector will help you if you are more spill-prone. This way your leather goods will stay water-resistant. Water-resistance does not mean that you can walk out in the rain with your leather bag, it just means that it will be protected from the odd spills if it happens.
If your leather good gets wet, the oils in the leather that bonds the leather fibers from getting brittle will then bind with the water causing the water to release the oils at the surface of the leather making it less supple. In the long run, it will cause your leather to not look as vibrant anymore.4. Reshaping Leather
It is known that over time, leather goods will lose their form just like any other bag or shoe out there. The main reason for this is with prolonged heat exposure like our body heat as well as keeping bags and shoes in the sun, it will cause steam and water vapor to develop in the leather. Causing the fibers to then harden and become brittle.
This is why it is extremely crucial to reshape the leather goods you have if they have been exposed to sunlight or when you store them.
For example, if you are not using your leather bags
, always stuff them with paper or plastic to keep them in shape. This is the same thing for shoes as well, use a shoe tree to keep your shoes in shape when not being used.