How to tend to leather the right way

t’s never without your minibag, as she’ll tag along during your everyday adventures: Joining you for the day at the zoo with your kids, accompanying you to that super-important business meeting and keeping your most important stuff right with you during ladies’ night out. To keep your minibag always looking fresh and in top condition, please remember your minibag’s made of genuine leather. Leather’s an organic material that needs to be tended to from time to time, and your local drug store will be happy to supply you with the stuff you need &mdash of course you could order the whole shebang online, if your prefer. Here’s a quick overview of the different use cases for leather care products.

You know your coating spray, as it should be part of every well-kept household. Impregnating your shoes, your raincoat or even your umbrella by coat-spraying them will make them waterproof, and this also works on leather. It’s a clever idea to coat-spray your minibag come fall season - it’ll keep your minibag’s resilience up high and make it sturdier come rainy October days. Just keep to things in mind: A coating spray acts as a second skin of sorts but it won’t help clean stained leather so make sure to apply the spray as a last step after cleaning your bag. And never use coating sprays indoors &mdash inhaling its chemical substances would be harmful to your health.

There’s leather milk and leather cremes and you’ll probably know these from tending to your shoes. They’re usually a mixture of fat and watery liquids and thus sink deep into the leather’s tissue. Used in combination with a soft cleaning cloth, you can rub (or even „massage“) most slighter stains away; plus they’ll add a shiny touch to your bag. Make sure to use leather cremes and leather milk sparingly, otherwise you’ll experience the wrong effect: instead of becoming shimmering and sleek, your minibag will turn dull and flat.

Leather fats and leather oils are rather not to be used on your minibag, since it’s made of very refined leather. They come with a very high fat-water ratio and thus are the perfect first aid for worn and dry leathers that are in dire need of a new lifeline. So use leather oil for hiking boots and the like; it’ll saturate battered leathers. Leather fats have the same effect as leather milk, but multiplied: use too much, and instead of adding shine you’ll make your leather seem oily and dull. This can be a desirable look for boots but certainly not for your delicate minibag.

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