The best handbag cleaning tips and tricks for removing stains from your leather handbags.
We have all done it. Water bottle opens in the bag and the leather is ruined. Your baby spills spaghetti on the floor - bullseye on/inside your handbag. Caught in the rain, yes - you guessed it, handbag.
The team at Mayko are only too familiar with this and being busy working moms we hardly have time to think - so we know you may be the same and we want to help you with some quick and easy hacks to get your bag back in shape.
How to start
Prevention is key. Before the mishap occurs we recommend that as soon as you purchase your bag you use a cream or treatment. It should be a little ‘bag pamper’ every three months or so. It will prevent staining and other issues associated with staining later on.
Cleaning your bag is also important. Just a quick wipe down with a wet cloth is enough.
Mayko’s Top Ten Bag Hacks
- Don’t DIY your cleaning products. No baby wipes, vinegar, sodas. If you want a proper clean use a professional cleaning product specific to leather.
- Once a week, or when you can - use warm water and some mild soap on a soft cloth. Wipe away dirt from the outside of your bag to clean it up.
- To remove ink stains it's important to get it fixed ASAP. If possible, take it to a professional. If that’s not an option use an ink removing product. Be sure to condition the area later and leave to dry properly.
- If you are trying to rid old stains, this may be an issue. It’s best to seek professional care.
- If the ink stains are old... don't try to remove these yourself. They will likely be too stubborn and will need professional care.
- Removing grease stains: don’t use water, the grease should easily wipe of leather surfaces.
- Before using any cleaning method, test the surface first. Find somewhere inside the bag to test.
- Moisturisers, sunscreen, and oily skin products - be sure you wait till the products are absorbed before you carry our bag. The product can be absorbed into your bag and results in stains.
- To prevent fading, discoloration, and damage to the leather, avoid leaving your bag in direct sunlight.
- Stain hack - use a matching shoe polish color and buff a small amount on the stain/affected area.
We hope that has given you some neat hacks, spread the word and share to ladies you love!