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how do you take care of a leather handbag, or do you?
I give it a good spray with Colonil when i first get it, to waterproof it, and then I just hope for the best - although I do take a bit more care over something in oak - like where I'd put it down for instance
the waterproofing spray is fine with anything. I doused my oak bayswater and it made zero difference to the colour once it was dry. Smells foul while you're doing it though - make sure you have a window open!
I use 2 products which were recommended by someone who works quite a bit with leather professionally - Blackrocks Leather n' Rich (moisturises and conditions leathers) and Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP (leather protector) to seal in the moisture and waterproof leathers. This woman has transformed vintage Hermes leathers, and recommends these two products for new fine leather bags too.
Hermes craftsmen use Creme Saphir on their bags.
I use Creme Saphir for quick clean ups, and use the Blackrocks/obenaufs for once a year conditioning and protection. It is a miracle treatment which allows me to carry box leather bags in heavy downpours without any blistering. It also worked so well that it protected a box birkin of mine when my DS vomited all over it (and in it). The bag was just wiped down, and looked as if nothing had happened. DS took a bit longer to feel better.
JumpHerwhoThe gel goes on in small amount and makes it look damp for a minute before it soaks in - don't use loads tho and use a new or clean cloth. The spray has never changed the colour, but again it soaks in quick and protects from dirt as well as rain..
I'm an addict, I clean my bags regularly just like you would shoes. Keeps them looking as new imo..