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Cleaning | Care | Impregnation | Leather bag

ūüõĀ How to properly clean and care for your leather bag

Before we care for our skin and apply cream, we take a shower. In this way, we remove all the dirt that is deposited on our outer shell over the course of the day in the form of small particles. Only after thorough cleansing does the skin care lotion penetrate well into the skin and leave behind a supple film. It is the same with our natural leather. If your bag feels a bit dry and dull or if the first signs of use appear, it is ready for its very own beauty treatment.

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What was important to us in choosing the right remedy

So that you can enjoy your favorite bag for a long time, we have been looking for suitable care products for our naturally tanned and open-pored leather for some time now.

Chemical substances can easily damage and roughen the sensitive surface. That's why only cleaners based on natural ingredients came into question for us, which continue to let the soft leather shine, but still sufficiently remove dirt. A fine balancing act.

For the best possible comparison, we prepared square pieces of leather with the most stubborn substances: Lipstick, chocolate, (sewing machine) grease, hand cream and water. Let's just say, no cleaner completely undid all the stains.

Nevertheless, we found a very promising product. The Cleaner from Kaps could be applied smoothly and evenly like a cream. The result of the cleaning was almost spotless. And that with 100% natural and biodegradable ingredients.

How do I clean my bag properly?

Pump the agent onto a cotton cloth and then apply it evenly to the leather. Through the surface of the cloth and the mechanical pressure of your fingers, you create a minimal friction that removes the dirt from the bag. You can apply more to areas that are particularly affected by stains. However, it is important that you do not rub the stain, but that you constantly run over it with increased pressure. Finally, remove the lotion from the leather with a damp cloth.

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What stains can not be removed?

Particularly greasy substances, such as lipstick, oil or ballpoint pens turned out to be difficult. After cleaning, they take on a much lighter color and fade. However, they do not disappear completely. This much is promised: It looks better than before. We'll give you the pinky swear on that. The color of the leather is also crucial. Like a light colored pair of jeans, our light brown is more susceptible to dirt and grime than our dark colors. Keep this in mind with a light leather color and make sure you don't put your bag on the floor, for example.

Next step: supple leather with the right care lotion

The cleaned and overnight dried bag now feels rougher, similar to your skin after showering. You can pamper it with a soft cloth. Apply Kaps leather lotion well and evenly. Don't forget to leave out anything: the edges, inner sides and the strap are also important. The next day the care is absorbed into the surface and your bag shines in new splendor.

Another change you will notice: The leather color darkens due to the various agents and lightens again after some time.

Optional finish: A natural impregnation protects against water stains

Please keep in mind that many waterproofing sprays are toxic. Especially polyfluorocarbon-containing products (PFC) are suspected of being carcinogenic and must therefore only be used outdoors (which doesn't make things any better). In addition, aggressive agents seal the surface structure of our natural leather, so they destroy the wonderful property of natural re-greasing.

Even the strongest waterproofing spray protects leather only to a certain extent from water. It doesn't matter if your bag gets wet. If you give it the opportunity to dry in peace at room temperature, it will not be damaged.

If you want to protect your bag additionally, we can recommend the waterproofing agent from the Organic range of Collonil. It ensures that no to hardly any water stains remain on the leather, should you get caught in a rain shower. What's more, it's harmless - for people and nature.

We have tested countless products and settled on three effective agents that maintain the natural character of our natural leather. They clean, care and protect, so you can enjoy your favorite piece for a long time.

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