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Leather Care

Guide: How To Care For Your Leather Bag

Fine leather bags deserve to be treated with care. Here’s how to protect your investment piece in five easy steps

HOW TO CLEAN

• The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a damp cloth and dry carefully.

• Remember the hardware. Some bags have precious metal-plated buckles or other hardware. The same applies here, wipe with a damp cloth and dry carefully.

• Every other day, give your bag a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth, this won’t take more than a few minutes, but will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather.

• Use a leather cleaner to clean and protect your leather accessories. These often also provide effective salt stain removal.

HOW TO CONDITION

• Think of conditioning as a moisturizer for your leather, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a bit of (leather) conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over.

• Condition your bag every month to keep your leather looking it’s shiny best.

• For your waxy, oiled and natural finish leather items use a waxed leather conditioner: it cleans, nourishes and revives your leather accessories.

HOW TO WEATHERPROOF

• Leather is permeable and can never be entirely waterproof, so avoid toting your favourite Jinger Jack handbag in bad weather. Nonetheless, there are beeswax creams which function as a barrier against water.

• Word of caution: beeswax may alter the hue of dyed leather, so test first on an inconspicuous corner.

• A more breathable but less effective alternative: a spray protectant, which is virtually invisible on your bags.

HOW TO STORE

• Stash your bag in a fabric dust-bag and fill it with stuffing, to maintain its shape.

• Keep the dust-bag along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn’t get damp.

• Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold.

SOME FINAL TIPS

• Let water spills dry naturally. High-heat measures like using a hairdryer will only cause he skin to crinkle beyond salvage.

• Prevent color transfer by consciously resisting the urge to rest your bag against your jeans.

• Leather is basically a skin so avoid leaving it in the sun for too long as it can cause it to dry and change colour.

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Get your leather care products from your Jinger Jack retailer or online at www.jingerjack.co.za

If you have any specific enquiries about the leather we use or caring for your product, please contact us on +27 78 878 7831 or info@jingerjack.co.za

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