Wipe off all signs of dirt and dust from the handbag using a soft cloth. Ideally, you want to be wiping the leather bag on a daily basis to make certain it is always kept free and clear of debris.
Use a cleaning solution, like saddle soap, to clean the entire leather surface of the handbag. You might find that using a mild soap once a month is highly effective at maintaining the quality appearance of the bag. Even though saddle soap is intended to be suitable for most types of leather, it is still worth doing a discoloration test before using the product for the first time. By cleaning a discreet area, such as the surface the handbag, you are able to establish whether the soap is likely to cause any significant damage to the color or dye. In most cases saddle soap is highly effective when used on most of the leather bags in the market.
After cleaning it is advisable to remove any of the excess soap using a damp, clean cloth. Since leather has the potential to develop mildew and mold growth, it is always beneficial to keep this material as dry as possible. If a leather handbag does get wet in its everyday use, it helps to dry as soon as possible to avoid the potential of any watermarks appearing.
In an effort to maintain the flexibility of the leather, it is also beneficial to use a leather conditioner on a monthly basis or when the leather looks like it is starting to crack, feel stiff or hard. A specialized conditioner offers a highly effective solution for making certain a bag remains soft and supple.