5 Proper ways to Remove Stains on Your Leather Bags

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Posted on November 04 2020

5 Proper ways to Remove Stains on Your Leather Bags


If you own a leather bag, you’d probably do your very best to keep it in a tip-top condition, so it lasts for a long time to come.

But no matter how hard you try to keep it away from foods, drinks, and other things that cause stains, accidents, unfortunately, do happen. We’ll eventually find stains of some sort on our bags at some point.

For the more severe stains (think – pasta sauces, chocolate ice cream and the like), you should probably take it to a professional in Singapore to ensure the best outcome. However, if it’s not too much of an extreme stain sitch and you’d rather save a few bucks, perhaps you might want to sort it out yourself.

Well, if you decide to do-it-yourself (DIY), it’s crucial to know that there are right and wrong ways of getting the job done. For sure, the last thing you want is to end up with permanent stains and/or damages on your leather bags.

Luckily, we’ve gathered some top cleaning tips for women who are keen to embark on this delicate process at home.

Tackling water stains

Headed to or from the office and got caught in a sudden downpour? Or perhaps you just accidentally spilt a glass of water, and your bag caught some splashes? Whatever the cause, water can end up causing outline stains if it lingers on the surface for too long due to leather’s high level of absorbency.

If you end up with some water on your leather bag, remember to:

  1. Act fast: As soon as you possibly can, blot your bag in a light dabbing motion using a highly-absorbent lint-free cloth before it dries on its own.
  2. Keep it away from heat: Avoid using a hairdryer on its heat setting. If speed-drying is necessary and you find the need to use a hairdryer, do so using its cool setting.
  3. Add a layer of protection: As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure! Get some leather conditioner and apply it to your bag in small circular motions, allowing the conditioner to do its job of replenishing any stripped oils.

Tackling makeup stains

There comes a certain element of “stain danger” when we carry our makeup essentials with us everywhere we go. It might be an accidental mascara swipe, a loose lipstick lid that comes off or a leaky foundation.

Contrary to popular belief, a makeup stain may not actually be irreversible. While they can be tough to tackle, there is hope! Here are our top tips for makeup stains:

  1. Say no to makeup removers: Oil- or cream-based removers may be great for your face, but we cannot stress enough that these will cause serious damages to your leather bags. Ladies, please do not use makeup removers on your leather bag!
  2. Treat it immediately: As with most other stain types, time is of the essence – so treat it as soon as you possibly can.
  3. Rubbing alcohol to the rescue: Before going too excessive, it’s important to first do a spot test. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the tip of a cotton swab, rub gently onto a small area (we suggest somewhere on the base) and leave it for 10 minutes. Once you’ve made sure that it’s all good to use, lightly rub the rubbing alcohol over the stain in a circular motion.
  4. Finish off with leather conditioner: Once the leather has adequately dried, apply a small amount of leather conditioner over the area.

Tackling red wine stains

Accidentally knocked over a glass of red wine on ladies’ night out? Gah! We’ve been there, too, and we feel your frustration! Notorious for causing permanent damages to leather, red wine is renowned for being a real challenge to clean. It probably would require some elbow grease.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have red wine on your leather bag, here are some key pointers to help you:

  1. Confirm the leather type: Before you do anything at all, you need to find out whether your bag is made with either finished or unfinished leather. Finished leather means it’s possible to DIY it, while unfinished leather will require a professional’s touch.
  2. Blot up excess wine: If you’re dealing with a finished leather, the first step is to gently dab as much of the wine up as you can, using some paper towel.
  3. Apply hydrogen peroxide: After all the excess wine has been removed, apply some hydrogen peroxide over the stain and allow it to sit.
  4. Go pro: If all else fails, we strongly recommend seeking the help of professional leather bag cleaning services in Singapore. After all, you wouldn’t want to aggravate the situation any further!

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