Keep your Mandrn Bag looking fresh
How to protect your leather
If your leather bag is accumulating dust, dirt, and you see some wear and tear spots. Here are some ways to clean your leather to freshen up your bag, so it’ll be just like new.
- Purchase a leather conditioner/cream- It will moisturize your leather so it won’t dry out, and will protect your bag. They are lotion like and to be rubbed on the leather thoroughly. The hide will soak up the conditioner, just as your skin would soak up moisturizer. We don’t recommend ever using this on suede leather.
- Purchase a waterproofing spray- This treatment typically needs to be done once a year, or you might want to re-apply the spray after every winter season.
- Regularly clean with a damp clean cloth (not wet), without any chemicals as that can damage the leather. Keep your bag clean and moisturized by wiping them down monthly or even weekly. If you use nothing else, this is the way to go.
Caring for your Leather
Basic rules in caring for your Mandrn bag to protect and ensure it’s looking its best.
- We recommend treating it first before wearing it to make sure it lasts long and is protected against the elements.
- Avoid wearing your leather bag on a rainy day unless it’s been treated. Especially avoid getting suede leather wet. If raindrops occur on a leather that’s not coated, let it dry naturally, using heat to dry can warp your leather.
- Always store your bag in a cool dry place, and in a tote or cloth bag to protect your bag while it’s not in use.
- Keep leather away from direct sunlight or heat.
- When purchasing leather protector or conditioner- always test on a small section first, the back of a strap is a good starting point.
- When selecting a conditioner/polish-- go with neutral. Black is a safe option to spruce up your black leather bag, but otherwise we recommend going with white or grey solutions.
- Try to avoid resting light colored leather bags against dark wash jeans, as the color from your jeans or other darkly dyed clothing pieces can transfer to the bag.
How to clean your leather:
As with all stains, it’s always better to remove them as soon as you notice them. Here’s some tips and tricks.
- If you have a pen mark- this is the hardest mark to get out of your leather. Grab a clean dry white eraser, and erase the mark from your bag. Please note this will take off some of the dye on the leather. Next rub your entire bag down with a clean cloth with some leather conditioner until your entire bag is wiped down. Leave your bag in a dry space overnight.
- If you get a grease or oil mark on your bag, we recommend immediately getting corn starch, or talcum powder and surrounding the stain area. Wait 15-20 minutes. Next grab an old toothbrush and rub that spot down.
- Any other wear and tear marks, use a clean cloth with leather conditioner, rub directly on the spot and over the entire bag. Let it dry overnight.
- If the above tricks don’t work for you, we recommend bringing your leather bag to a dry cleaning professional.
Suede Leather Care:
In the case of suede (a form of leather that is simply the underside of an animal’s hide), don’t use any of the above products.
- We recommend buying a suede waterproof protective spray, and spraying thoroughly your bag before use.
- All you’re going to do is use a small wire or suede-specific brush to wipe away dirt and grime. Avoid water with suede products as much as possible.
- Protect from rain, and dark clothes which could dye the suede leather.
- Do not use conditioning oil or wax.