Caring for your leather tote bag or handbag is easy with the right products.
1. For easy and fast cleaning and repairing : Use a colorless leather cream or balm that you can find easily in your shoe repair shop or at the supermarket. Apply with a sponge or cloth for quick cleaning and buffing. For example "Baranne, cirage en crème, nourrit & protège".
2. For more thorough and lasting cleaning and repair : If your bag is particularly dirty, a leather cleaning product is a good first step, such as "Saphir cleaning lotion" followed by a conditioning product "Saphir Crème Délicate". Apply first the cleaning lotion all over with a sponge or cloth, then follow by repairing small scratches and end by polishing with a cream, polish or balm.
3. For repairing scratches and polishing : Use a colored polish or wax to reduce the visibility of scratches. Choose a color close to the bag, apply a small amount over the scratch, let it penetrate and dry for a few moments, then finish with a sponge, cloth, or polishing brush to distribute the product. We suggest that an old wool sock is a great household item you might have that helps to leave a smooth and even finish. JM Weston has a wonderful range of polishing and care products for leather.
4. For conditioning : An all-in-one easy leather conditioning balm, such as "Baume de Vie" by Avel is a great product for leather maintenance. Use the sponge or cloth to apply the balm all over the bag rubbing in circular strokes. Allow a few moments for the product to penetrate and finish with a buffing brush if needed.