Care Instructions for SEPOI Leather
Things to keep in mind when maintaining REAL LEATHER
- Handle leather handbags with clean hands: Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oils. Wipe the surface of a leather tote with a damp white cotton cloth, but be careful not to use too much water, because leather takes time to dry.
- Apply a cleaner specially made for leather: This “soft soap” is applied using a circular motion and wiped off with a slightly damp cloth so as not to clog the pores of the fabric. Applying this soap one or two times a year should keep your leather handbag clean.
- Remove stains as soon as you notice them: Organic stains from food or blood can often be removed with chalk powder. Crush white chalk, let it sit on the stain overnight and dust it off with a clean cloth.
- Stuff your unused bag with bubble wrap to restore and hold its shape: Store your leather purse in a dust bag or natural-fabric pillowcase. You can wrap the chrome or metallic parts — a chain handle, for example — in clean, acid-free tissue paper. If you’ve just cleaned the bag, allow it to air dry completely before storage. If you’re storing long-term, ease open the buckles and straps so impressions are released. This helps to avoid rubbing or permanent creases in unwanted areas.
- Avoid cleaning products with alcohol, turpentine or other mineral spirits as they will discolor and dry out leather.
- Never allow water to soak into your bag. If the bag gets wet, do not use a hair dryer on it. Instead, absorb as much water as possible with a thick microfiber hand towel and allow the bag to air dry. Then, condition it again and store it.
- Take extra special care of your bag at hair salons and keep it away from coloring solutions, hair sprays and other hair products.
- Waxes or silicone products clog up leather pores and may render them unable to be cleaned in the future.
Things to keep in mind when maintaining VEGAN LEATHER
- Vegan leather is a man-made product and is not made of natural fibres (not real leather) it is harder to prolong the life of the bag, but there are ways to maintain the bag.
- Vegan leather is a non porous surface so most stains will sit on the top, however when there is heat and moisture the stain can penetrate the material if the conditions are right (or wrong!) for you.
- UV rays (direct sunlight) and very hot cars will dry out the vegan (faux) leather, which will speed up the cracking of your bag.
- A faux leather conditioner can be used on your vegan leather bag, it will soften your faux leather fabrics and prevent water from reaching the surface and eventually cracking your bag.
- Give the surface a regular clean. We recommend warm water with some washing up liquid and a non-abrasive cloth (a baby wipe is good too). Wring the cloth out so that it’s not dripping wet and wipe over. Follow up by drying off with a soft cloth such as a microfibre cloth.
- Whatever the stain, don’t use bleach. Bleach is the most drying product you can put on faux leather and it will affect the structure of the fabric and it will become more susceptible to future marking. A small mark is probably easier to deal with and less noticeable than a bit patch that has been affected by bleach treatment. Even if it does remove the stain, that area is then more prone to cracking, plus the surface could be compromised such that future marks actually sink in more.
If proper care is taken your bags can last really long... #CarryWithPride