If you are a mom that loves fashionable items for you and your baby, chances are, leather baby bags are among your top choices. These bags are highly fashionable and durable at the same time.
However, genuine leathers are highly absorbent. With that in mind, if your baby has started to crawl and become curious about everything around her, the possibility of the baby bag getting dirty is high.
Professional cleaning can be very expensive, and buying another one is probably not your immediate option as well. Below are a few care tips that can help you maintain your leather baby bag’s beauty and keep it in its top shape for years to come.
How to keep your baby bag clean
Always bring an instant stain remover stick, allowing you to address any stains as soon as it gets to the bag (do it with caution and test it first). Also, place the bag away from direct sunlight as it can ruin the colour of the leather.
It is wise to condition your leather bag at least once every six months after cleaning. It will replenish the natural oil of the leather, keeping it shiny and healthy.
Once the bag starts to smell, it is advisable to use baking soda instead of chemical deodorizers. The latter can only cover the odour in the meantime, while baking soda eliminates the odour. Moreover, it is cheaper compared to scented deodorizer. To deodorize the bag, fill a plastic bag with baking soda and leave it in the bag for at least 24 hours.
While this can’t keep the bag from getting dirty, it could keep the bag in its top shape if you take care of the stains and dirt as soon as it happens.
What cleaning products to use?
Before cleaning the bag, remember to read the instructions from the manufacturer. It will tell you the dos and don’ts of cleaning their product. If you are using a stain remover for the first time, try it first on a small, hidden area of the bag to see its reaction before using it to the whole surface. You may contact the customer care or check their website to see if they recommend certain cleaning products for safety.
There are tons of leather cleaning tutorials online saying that it is safe to use acetone or alcohol to get rid of stains. It is horrible advice. These chemicals can remove the leather’s colour and ruin its finish. Keep leather baby bags away from disinfectant wipes, rubbing alcohol, window cleaner, hairspray and nail polish remover as they are harmful to the material.
How to clean a leather baby bag
- Empty the bag and shake it to remove any debris inside.
- Use a vacuum inside your bag to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned.
- Rub the exterior part of the bag with a slightly damp cloth.
- Apply a trusted leather cleaner on a clean, dry cloth and gently wipe it to the outer part of your bag. Do it in a circular motion to pull out the bacteria and dirt without hurting the leather.
- Do the first four steps in the bag’s interior. Let it dry for an hour or more if needed.
- Apply some leather conditioner using another clean cloth, rubbing it inside and outside in a circular motion. This will replace the natural oil that the cleaner has pulled out.
- Let it dry for at least 15 minutes.
Leather is one among the most durable yet fashionable materials that are perfect for a baby bag. With these care tips, your bag should keep its top shape for a long time.
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