How do you take care of leather luggage

Leather is made of two types mainly. The first type is used as clothing and is extremely fine and soft. The other which is tougher and rougher are used to make either a leather weekend bag, leather duffle bag or men’s leather weekend bag.


These leather bags are the result of hours of painstaking craftsmanship and need to be protected. It has a heady smell which you cannot get in other materials which are manmade. These leather bags mainly are vegetable tanned using tannin. However, these can get discolored or they tend to shrivel when they are drenched. The alternative to vegetable tanned leather is chrome tanned ones. These are more resistant to water and are also called as wet blue. There are full grain leather hides which are not bugged and this shows the texture or the grain of the leather, there are top grain ones which have the grain which is corrected by sanding. There is patent leather which is high gloss and there are exotics which are made of skins of non-cattle.

In order to clean the bags, it should be wiped with a cleaner. It is better to just sweep the bag with a soft dry cloth from time to time. This will protect the leather. Conditioning the leather prevents it from flaking or wrinkling. Conditioning is done by putting a little bit of conditioner on a cloth and then rubbing it gently. After 10 minutes it can be wiped off.

Leather can be made water proof by beeswax creams but excess use of beeswax could change the hue of the dyed leather.

In order to store leather it should be stored in a dust bagso that dust and dirt as well as grime don’t get to it. It should also be stored with silica gel so that it does not attract fungus or mold.

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