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Leather Care

Saturday, 01 September 2012 by Belen Echandia

How should I look after my leather bag?

There are a few basic ways to keep your leather bag looking its best.

1. Always treat it with a waterproof leather spray prior to use. Spray leather lightly and from a distance.

2. Avoid getting your handbag wet - although this may seem inevitable, getting your leather bag drenched in a rainstorm will not do anything for the leather. If your bag is get caught in a rainstorm or dropped in a puddle, remove the bag's contents and pack it with absorbent paper. Always allow leather to dry naturally… never use heaters such as radiators or fires.

3. Use a leather cream to moisturise or a refurbishment cream to take away scratches from the leather where necessary. Leathers which have a glaze may react with creams, so it's best to ask at the store where you purchase the cream which one is suitable for the leather and your bag.

4. Be careful what you put into your handbag. Our lining will repel small spills. Try pulling the lining inside out and removing any excess by dabbing with absorbent paper such as kitchen roll. Do not scrub. Sponge with a clean, damp cloth. Avoid contact with the leather on your bag. Use a second sheet of absorbent paper to remove excess and wait until it dries before putting the lining back into your bag. Over packing can stretch the leather and the handles and put a strain on the stitching or the zips. Take care that sharp objects do not come into contact with the leather.

5. Do not let your handbag dehydrate or get too dirty. Dehydration and dirt build can cause creases and even cracks and leather fading. To avoid this, regularly wipe the leather with a soft damp cloth and use an appropriate cream (check with your nearest store) to preserve the suppleness of the leather. Wherever it is stored, regularly take it out and air it to ensure that the leather does not become dehydrated.

6. Own more than one handbag - and rotate them. Just like a good pair of shoes, your bag needs a rest from duty. Clean and pack it loosely with acid-free tissue paper. Put it in its satin dust bag (never store leather in plastic) and store in a dry place away from bright sunlight where it won’t be squashed. Make sure it has a good moisture level: the best way is to keep a small bowl of water close to the heat source where you store your leather items. Some leathers may develop a white ‘bloom’ when unused for a long time. These are natural waxes and oils in the leather surfacing. If that happens, polish with a dry cloth. Do not keep your bag in a box, and take it out regularly to clean the hardware, which can tarnish when kept a dark or stuffy place.

7. Give it a leather spa. We recommend Lovinmybags products and spa experiences for our bags. If you send them a picture of the leather, they will advise you on the best products for you. Those who can afford it can send their bag off to LMB and it will come back as good as new.

Do you undertake repairs?

If your Belen Echandia purchase is faulty because of a manufacturing fault, we will be happy to repair it for you. Please note that there is a £15 postage, packing and handling fee for each item returned for repair, which shall be paid in full before the item is repaired.

Please call or email us with a request for a repair before sending your bag back. Should we agree to repair it, we will need your contact information, original receipt and a cheque for £15 made payable to Belen Echandia. We recommend that you package your bag well and return it by special delivery. We cannot take responsibility for any items returned to us. When we receive the item, we will examine it and contact you. Please allow 6-8 weeks for return of any item that is accepted for repair.

Whilst our leather handbags and luxury accessories are made to a high quality finish we cannot accept responsibility for ordinary wear and tear. Contact Customer Services for suggestions for improving the quality of any item which has become a little jaded.

How do I clean the hardware?

All of our hardware has been treated to prevent tarnishing and should not need polishing. Small marks can be buffed away with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid keeping your bag in a stuffy place or using metal polishes, harsh cleaners or perfumes on the hardware as this could remove the lacquer and discolour the hardware or mark the surrounding leather.
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