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Leather Backpack Care

Leather Backpack Care

When you’ve just invested in an expensive leather backpack or for that matter, any expensive leather product, you would want to protect and preserve the look of the product. Leather, if used and maintained keeping a few things in mind can last you a very long time. Here are a few pointers for Leather backpack care. While leather is very durable and flexible, it does require some care to give you years of long, hassle-free usage. There are some things you should know about leather in general. Leather can dry and crack during normal use in spite of having natural lubrication. You may have noticed this especially on car leather seats. It happens faster on car leather seats due to their prolonged exposure to heat and sunlight.
Leather Cleaning
Dubbin Open” by Petaholmes – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Hence, you should treat your new leather product before you start using it protect it from permanent stains. Before applying anything on your leather, you should always test the product being applied (cleaner / conditioner / etc.) on a small, non-visible section of the leather before applying it to your leather, as some products may darken or alter the color of your leather backpack. Water and other liquid spills can also stain and spoil your leather. Unlike cloth, water will not evaporate away leaving no stains. If your leather does get wet, don’t be tempted to leave it in sunlight or use a hair dryer on it. You need to dry it slowly at room temperature as drying it a faster pace changes its chemical structure and its look. If it is soaked, you should fill it with something like balled up newspapers, etc. to hold the shape you want it to retain. The simplest care your leather backpack needs is a simple wipe with a damp cloth – not wet, just lightly damp. This should be done whenever you feel it’s starting to look dirty. Make sure you use a light hand though. Rubbing too hard can lighten the leather and make it fade in the spot where you apply pressure. If your dust is more stubborn, then you should consider using leather cleaners. They are an effective at pulling dirt and debris stuck in the leather’s pores. Avoid harsh commercial leather cleaners, as they will harm your leather. I recommend using a safe pH balanced recipe specifically designed for safe use on leather, such as Chamberlain’s Leather Milk 8oz Straight Cleaner No. 2 (available through amazon via this link).

Chamberlain's Leather Milk 8oz Leather Care Liniment No. 1 and Straight Cleaner No. 2 SET

Leather Conditioners

You should use a leather conditioner periodically to keep your leather looking fresh and prevent it from cracking. Generally, twice a year should be good enough. You can do this more frequently if you live in a dry environment. A good leather conditioner will make your leather laptop backpack look and feel like new. You should apply a small amount of leather conditioner onto a soft cloth and gently work it into the leather. Then let it dry out completely and buff it to a shine with another soft cloth. Leather conditioners, like Chamberlain’s Leather Milk 8oz Leather Care Liniment Conditioner No. 1 (available through amazon via this link), have protective qualities that will help your leather backpack repel dust in future and hence, look cleaner. They way that leather conditioner works is that over time, as it is absorbed by the leather, it will the leather’s pores and prevent dust from entering. When you are storing your leather backpack, do remember to keep it stuffed with balled up newspapers or tissues to help them retain their shape. Store them in a cloth covering where they have some contact with air but not with excessive humidity. Never store leather in plastic bags / containers for extended periods of time since leather needs to “breathe” and you’ll find bacteria and mildew growing on your backpack.

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That’s it for now. I hope these tips for leather backpack care have been useful. Do enter your experience with caring for your leather backpack in the comments section below!