A good leather item is a treasure, and it can last for a long time if you take care of it correctly. Water is a common leather irritant that can erode your bag and give it unsightly damages and marks, but fortunately, it’s not hard to prevent this common leather-ailment. Here are some easy to follow ways that you can take care of your bags and avoid water damage to keep your bag in tip-top shape for years to come.
1. Use common sense.
Be careful with your bags! A common source of water damage is simple clumsiness; spilling your coffee on your bag, leaving a water bottle partially open inside, or forgetting your bag outside and exposing it to rain or snow.
So it’s a good idea to be careful with your bag and mindful of where your liquids are. Make it a general policy not to store water bottles in your purse, and keep your bag in the back seat of your car so it won’t get spilled on if there’s a fender bender or a pothole that sends your morning coffee hurtling onto your bag.
2. Store in leak proof containers.
A more nefarious cause of water damage is dampness in the air during storage. This hard to notice villain can erode the leather during storage and produce unsightly mold and water marks that are as unsightly as they are preventable. Avoid this fate by storing your purse in a secure, airtight plastic container if you’re storing it in a basement or damp place. Pretty much any plastic container will work, just be sure it’s sealed tightly. Even better, store it in someplace that isn’t damp.
3. Fill your bag with tissue paper.
Another moisture tip is to fill your bag with tissue paper when your purse is not in active use. The thin paper will absorb any dampness in the air inside and around your purse and prevent mold growth in the interior fabric. Any tissue paper will do, but avoid newspapers, because the ink may transfer from the newspaper to the fabric of your bag!
4. Use an insert.
There are some great plastic inserts that you can buy for purses, like the XXX, that will protect your bag if you spill something in or on it. I personally like this one because, after multiple tests of different inserts, I found that it was the only one that contained all the water without any leaking.
An added advantage to using these inserts is that they protect the interior fabric and make it easy to transfer your items from bag to bag.
5. Spray with a waterpoofer.
A good water proofing spray will make your bag water repellant and protect it from any spillage or moisture that may happen by making the water bead up and roll off the leather instead of being absorbed into the porous material.
You can get waterproofing sprays from places like shoe stores and purse retailers, but they’re commonly available on Amazon for relatively little money, and one bottle can be used across a lot of bags and other leather goods.
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