Bag Care Tips from

  1. Hi Everyone:

    I was browsing and found the following bag care tips which I thought I'd share:

    ZIPPERS Keep these fasteners working smoothly by running a piece of natural beeswax (found in hardware stores) over a zipper's open teeth.

    EXTERIORS Leather, of course, is a skin, so keep it happy and moisturized with a leather conditioning cream. There's no reason to treat it with a protectant or a silicone spray. Caught in the rain? Run for cover, then dab—don't wipe—moisture away.

    HANDLES AND STRAPS Residue from lotions can discolor and age material—another good reason to keep hands clean. Also, don't overstuff a bag; too much weight can weaken stitching or damage straps.

    Keep your alligator or crocodile bag supple by applying a leather conditioner (like Apple Brand). Use a soft, lint-free fabric like a sheepskin knit (found in shoe repair shops) and test conditioner in an inconspicuous place before using all over.


    A suede brush can do wonders, but for serious stains, it's best to see a pro. When storing, wrap leather handles or straps in cloth so they don't rest against the suede and leave blotches.


    Cloth bags attract dust, so when you're done using a bag for the season, give it a light dusting with a lint roller before storing covered. For deeper stains or markings, take to a repair shop.


    Experts warn against using any type of product on snakeskin, which is quite fragile. Over time, scales will begin to lift. When that happens, you can have the bag lacquered, but the treatment may change the appearance of the scales.

    Patent Leather

    Separate light patent leathers from darker-hued bags to avoid discoloration. To clean, take a piece of cheesecloth, dampen with a bit of white vinegar and rub. Wipe off with a clean piece of fabric.


    Flannel dust bags, which often come with higher-end handbags, are a must when it comes to storage. Don't have one on hand? A soft cotton pillowcase works well.

    Help your bag retain its shape by placing loosely balled-up, white, acid-free tissue paper or bubble wrap inside it when it's not in use.

    If your bag is looking dull, our experts suggest a neutral polish like Meltonian by Kiwi ($3; at specialty shoe stores), which is safe for any color leather and should be applied with a soft piece of fabric like cheesecloth, then wiped off with a clean, dry piece of the same material.

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  2. thanks for sharing!
  3. Back in the olden days, when all little girls, which is what I was back in the olden days, wore patent leather shoes, we used to clean them with a split biscuit.
  4. A split biscuit ?? Very interesting...... I love hearing those "how we used to...." tales !!!
  5. ooh good thread, very helpful!
  6. Thank you very much
  7. Good tips! I have been wondering what to use on suede linings to remove light soiling. I guess I'll have to check out a suede brush.
  8. Very helpful. Thanks so much!