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How should We Take Care Of Hermes Birkin, Kelly, Lindy, Bolide And Other Models Or Brands Leather Bags And Shoes


11 months ago by hermes_lover




Just to share what I did to preserve the beauty of my bags and shoes. Most of my bags look like new condition even if they are more than 10 years old. However, those bags that i have been using daily took abused hence they will be replaced and sold off very cheap. I do not use my hermes regularly. I only use them on weekends on a ROTATIONAL basis. They can last forever. I bought beautifully designed water resistant "RAINCOATS" for my leather bags. In case of rain, i kept them inside the raincoat bag if I need to walk under the rain with or without Umbrella. Sometimes, I will use the raincoat bag if i wish to dine in places with no clean seats, or in crowded or dusty places. The raincoat bags comes in different designs and looks chic and are easily available in department stores. They are actually foldable compact recycle/shopper bags made with water resistant materials. I bought the reisenthel mini-maxi from tangs vivo and it can snug fit my lindy 30, my bulkiest bag. U can buy them online here too When the bag is home, I will follow the leather care steps as shown in the below article. I have been taking great care of my bags for more than a decades. They are my passion. I have provided the original link at the bottom of the page. TO SHARE: Brands of leathercare products I use are from MELTONIAN and SAPHIR. They are great for hermes bags and shoes. Saphir products can be bought at suntec level 1 shop called straits establishment or you can search saphir lotion via carousell. I was also told that Hermes uses the Saphir brand for their bag spa and was confirmed by google. Conditioner/Cream. Leather conditioner or cream moisturizes the material so that it doesn’t dry out and crack. This won’t make your shoes “shine,” but it will protect them. Note that in most cases conditioners don’t waterproof your leather (though some do include a water-repelling component). Leather conditioners are lotion-like, and are to be gently rubbed into the leather. The hide will soak up the conditioner, just like your skin would soak up a moisturizer. How often you use conditioner, as with the other treatments, really depends on what you want. Dave Munson, mentioned above, conditions every 6-12 months, preferring to let his bags completely dry out before re-applying. That keeps the leather looking rugged and tough, and allows it to accrue some scuffs, scratches, etc. Most folks out there — everyday folks who haven’t founded leather goods companies — like to condition their goods (largely everyday use items like shoes and bags) every 3 months or so, sometimes more if they live in a dry climate. A Note on Lanolin Lanolin is a natural waxy secretion from sheep. Just as human skin secretes various oils, sheep produce lanolin. It’s found in all kinds of human-use products from moisturizers, cosmetics, and baby wipes to — you guessed it — leather care products. It’s nearly a 50-50 split of leather companies and style folks who advocate for or against the use of leather care products that contain lanolin. While a fine moisturizing product, it will soften the leather to a greater degree than other products. For jackets especially, and sometimes bags and shoes, this might be exactly what you want. A soft supple leather feels really nice. Some folks, though, adamantly don’t want their leather to be too soft. They want it to retain a rugged, somewhat rigid look and feel. So, always know to look for lanolin as an ingredient in leather care products, and use that knowledge to get exactly what you want out of your material. Damp Cloth. Using a damp cloth is the old reliable when it comes to leather care. Since leather is so very naturally durable anyway, giving it a wipe down (without soap — its chemicals can ruin the leather over time) once a week to get rid of the dirt and dust (the most nefarious culprits to premature wear and tear) constitutes a minimally sufficient care routine. If you use nothing else, this is the way to go. Leather needs to breathe. Just like skin, leather needs some ventilation to prevent mildew and rot. Air can naturally pass through leather, leaving moisture to evaporate naturally. That can’t happen when your leather is all sealed up, though. So don’t ever store or transport it in a plastic grocery bag (whoops — guilty of that one!). Either use the storage/travel bag the item came with, or some type of breathable fabric — pillowcases are great for shoes, bags, and/or other accessories. Keep leather away from direct sunlight/heat. If a leather item gets waterlogged, it can be tempting to throw it in front of a heater or to use a hair dryer to speed the process. Don’t do that, ever. Just like skin and other fabrics, when leather gets wet and then heated right away, it can shrink and dry out too quickly. Rather, let it dry naturally, even if it takes a couple days. Also, just generally keep leather out of direct sunlight when storing. The leather fades naturally over time, but sunlight speeds up that process. Drying and cracking can also ensue. Darker places with some humidity are preferred, although again, ensure air flow so that mildew can’t form. Regularly clean with a damp cloth. As mentioned above, the most foolproof way to keep any leather product from prematurely aging, even if you do nothing else, is to give it a regular wipe-down with a damp cloth. Your jackets, shoes, bags — they all quickly accumulate dirt, dust, and all manner of other abrasive particles that lead to premature wear and tear. Preserve your leather by wiping them down weekly, or even after a single hard use in a winter storm, with a wet cloth or even paper towel. Shoes. When you aren’t wearing your leather shoes (particularly dress shoes), keep cedar shoe trees in them. This keeps the shape, reduces creases, and naturally absorbs excess moisture/odors. Dress shoes should be cleaned and polished more regularly. Work-style or everyday wear boots don’t need as much care, but should be wiped down weekly (even twice weekly if they’re truly worn every day) and conditioned every 1-6 months depending on where you live, the time of year, and your preferences, as noted above in the conditioner section. Bags/wallets. Your primary concern here is to avoid over-filling these items. Once misshapen, leather isn’t going to spring back to its original form (hence shoe trees in shoes). Bags generally need less treatment than shoes just because they aren’t subject to the same beating as footwear. Still wipe them down regularly, though, and condition every 6-12 months. Check out this link for more info

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