Okay, I have been wrestling with this for months! I am a BIG CHICKEN about using appleguard. My speedy is about 8 months old and I carry it every day. It is starting to really show some "black" under the handles even though I am very careful with my bag. My SA adamantly says to not touch it for a couple of years and then just use saddle soap. It is my "theory" that if I get the dirt off now and keep up with it, it won't get so dirty. Help, should I just try the dumb product or live like a chicken?? I just adore my bag and don't want to ruin it. Thanks guys, you are always so helpful!!