How to take care of your MIKANMOR leather handbag?

Now that you have your gorgeous MIKANMOR leather bag, it’s important to take care of it correctly.

Here are our best tips!

1. Try not to place your handbag on the floor. It will leave dust and dirt on your bag, and some believe it brings bad luck.

2. Don’t leave your handbag in direct sunlight. Leather is a natural material and just like our skin, it can be damaged by UV light. Prolong exposure to sunlight can cause discolouration and molecular damage to the leather and cracking.

3. Don’t wear light color handbags with dark clothing. Some colored fabrics may run, transfer dye to your handbag and damage its color.

4. Avoid holding your handbag if you’ve just applied hand cream.

5. Never use baby wipes, vinegar, or any other ‘home remedies’ for cleaning or protecting your bag.  They’re not likely to work and will probably do more harm than good.

And now, to answer the most commonly asked question:

How to clean my leather handbag??

First of all, it is important to know that not all leather handbags are created equal: when it comes to cleaning everyday stains leather, suede and nubuck all require different care.

Always do spot testing before you apply any product on the leather (From our experience, it’s the first rule for every cleaning).

Apply a small amount to a spot that is usually not visible, leave it on for 24 hours to see if it changes the leather color in any way. If you are happy with the results continue applying to the rest of the bag.

There are different types of leather and stains, we will treat the popular ones –

Leather

To clean the leather, mix a small amount of mild liquid soap with warm water, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out, and wipe the exterior surfaces of the purse. Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry with a towel.

Don’t use ammonia- or bleach-based cleaners, they can damage the surface.

Suede and Nubuck –

Removing stains from suede and nubuck is more complex, and bags made from these materials should be cleaned regularly.

Brush it evenly and gently with a damp, not we, it may just give it that little bit of refresh it needs. You can use water or an appropriate foam cleaner.

Stubborn Stains –

The key to removing stubborn stains is to treat them straight away.

Grease Stains –  

The problem with grease-based stains is that they are absorbed quickly. Do not apply water to grease stains. Wipe grease off the surface of your leather bag with a clean, dry cloth. If this fails to remove the stain, sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch or talcum powder onto the grease spot and pat it in. Let it sit overnight, this will allow the cornstarch/talcum powder to absorb the oil/grease. Now, gently brush it off.

Denim stains –

Use a few alcohol-free makeup remover wipes and rub them gently onto the affected area of your bag. Make sure you do not rub too much or too hard as that can damage the bag.

Ink stains –

Ink stains are stubborn and run deep. These stains are generally very hard to remove by hand, and can bleed to other parts of the bag. The best chance for restoring your handbag is taking it to an expert who will prevent the ink from spreading further.

The most important thing to remember when you buy a MIKANMOR product is that all of our products made from natural leather. Try not to worry about small stains, scratches, or even improper maintenance.  

Just like our own skin, the bag will age with time. Even with excellent care, it will still age, we cannot avoid this.

However, a MIKANMOR aged handbag is just as beautiful as a new one, and even more! This natural ageing process adds character to a bag and gives it a life-story of its very own; every mark, scratch and crack tells a tale.

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