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Now that you have your beautiful new leather bag, the next step is to make sure that you look after your bag so that it’ll stay with you for a very long time. Proper frequent maintenance will help your bag last a while and avoid issues that are common to leather goods.
All products made from natural leather, like satchels, will age with time. Just like our skin, it will need moisturising and caring, if they’re to be kept in tip-top condition throughout the years. Even with excellent care, they will still age; there’s no avoiding this; a well looked after and the aged satchel is just as beautiful as a new one, if not even more so.
This ageing effect is called the bags ‘Patina’, it’s a very cherished and admired effect, and the effect is almost impossible to replicate accurately without submitting it to the natural wear and tear that leather bags go through from everyday use. This natural ageing process adds character to a satchel and gives it a life-story of its very own, every mark, scratch and crack tells a tale.
That’s very easy, moisturise. Just like your skin, a leather bag requires daily moisturising to protect it. There are several ways to do that. For day to day maintenance a dab of sunflower/vegetable oil, on a dry, clean sponge or cloth rubbed over the bag evenly will work to re-oil the leather you could use a moisturiser designed explicitly for leather protection.
The best way to treat scratches is to avoid it in the first place. Keep your satchel away from sharp objects and pay careful attention when putting your bag down on the floor, etc. However, if you use your bag everyday scratches are almost unavoidable but don’t worry, most scrapes can be treated or avoided.
To avoid scratches, apply boot polish, Vaseline or saddle soap. This creates a protective layer which will help you avoid small scratches.
To treat scratches, if the scratches are small, rub it gently with your fingers as the natural oils on your finger will work into the leather. For larger scratches and marks apply a tiny amount of oil to the mark, let it soak in for a few minutes and then wipe the excess away with a clean, soft cloth. If the scratches are still visible, you can use leather polish or a dye to cover the scratched area. Always spot test before you apply any sort of products on the leather, to see if you are happy with the results before proceeding on the whole bag.
Warning: Applying any form of polish will almost always change the leather colour. So do a spot check before applying to the whole bag to see if you are happy with the outcome.