It’s no secret that leather bags are all the rage right now. They come in all shapes and sizes, and with so many different options to choose from, it can be hard to know which accessories are the best ones to buy.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top 15 leather bag accessories that you need to know about. Whether you’re looking for a new way to accessorize your current bag or you’re in the market for a new one altogether, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading for all the details!
It’s easy to forget, but like any other material, leather needs regular conditioning and cleaning to stay soft and prevent cracking or peeling. The best time to do this is after exposure to water; just take a clean cloth and rub some conditioner into the wet surface until it dries out. You should also try rubbing it in every few months with a dry cloth if there isn’t an obvious reason why it’s moist (like rain). There are many different types of conditioners on the market – we recommend picking one that contains a natural oil like almond, jojoba, or coconut.
In the same vein as a conditioner, the leather protector is a must-have to keep your bag looking new and shiny. This transparent coating will help to prevent dirt, stains, and water from seeping in and ruining the surface. Simply apply it with a cloth every few months (or more often if you use your bag a lot) for maximum protection.
A soft cloth
We recommend using a soft cloth to clean your leather bag regularly – this will help remove any dust or dirt buildup and also condition the surface. Be sure to use a different cloth for each cleaning job (conditioner, protector, and dirt/dust) to avoid cross-contamination.
A stiff brush
Like with any material, leather can sometimes pick up hard particles or lose its luster. You can use a stiff brush to rub away the particles and return your bag’s original texture and shine. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may want to use it more often than once a month.
Speaking of brushes, a small toothbrush is another great tool for cleaning lots of little nooks and crannies that a large cloth just can’t reach (like keyholes). Just remember not to scrub too hard!
Nail polish remover
If some sort of damage has been done to your leather (even if it’s just the coating wearing off), you can try using nail polish remover to remove any remaining signs of wear. You’ll need to apply several coats until you’ve reached the desired color again, but it’s still better than buying a new bag!
A suede eraser
If there are stubborn stains on your bag that won’t come out with water or soap, give this cleaning tool a try. Simply use gentle circular motions with it over the stain for about five minutes and see if it’s gone afterward – this is especially effective on leather bags with darker surfaces that have picked up yellowish sweat marks from being worn too often.
A pencil eraser
You can also lightly rub an eraser over any light scuffs or scratches on your bag to help disguise them.
A white pencil
Speaking of disguising blemishes, a white pencil can come in handy for making dark spots look like their part of the design. Just trace the outline of the spot with the pencil and then go over it with a brush or cloth.
In a bind, baby wipes can be used to clean off your leather bag – just make sure that you’re using a type that’s free of alcohol, oil, and other harsh chemicals.
If your leather bag starts to look a little too dull, try applying some shoe polish in a matching color. This will not only make the surface look shiny again, but it will also help protect against future damage.
A metal cleaner
If you want to make your bag gleam, try cleaning it with a metal cleaner or paste made out of baking soda and water – this generally works best for bags with gold hardware. Don’t worry if anyone asks about it – just tell them that you wanted to give your bag an extra bit of shine!
This sounds strange, but applying glitter directly to your bag can add some sparkle and help you stand out from the crowd (we know how much you like that). Just be sure not to use too much or else you’ll end up looking tacky instead of fantastic!
This might be an odd idea, but adding colored nail polish to the surface of your bag can hide some dirt and stains. Just make sure that you’re using a color that matches your bag.
Spritz hairspray all over your bag to prevent water damage during rainstorms – this will also create a light coating to help protect against wear and tear too!
The top 15 leather bag accessories are just the beginning. There are plenty of other ways to keep your leather bags looking great and in good condition for years to come – including one that sounds odd, but makes a lot of sense: adding glitter! It’s an easy way to add some sparkle and stand out from the crowd with your unique style. Whether you’re cleaning it after every use or protecting it against water damage during storms, there is always something you can do when caring for your favorite accessory.