Is your leather bag starting to lose shape along the strap or are you noticing some wrinkles and creases on it? This is actually a common problem for women who carry their leather bags on a daily basis, especially if you put a lot of different items into it, like your smart tablet device, your phone, a book, makeup products, clothes etc.
The common misconception is that because leather is so tough, it will not get damaged, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While it’s true that leather is a durable material, it will succumb to excessive use and abuse.
It usually starts out with a few creases that lead to cracks which can really compromise the appearance and functionality of the bag.
The good news is that there’s a quick fix to this problem that you can easily apply, and it won’t even take that much of your time to do. So, without further ado, let’s cover how to straighten leather bag.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- A clothes hanger with clips
- Bubble wrap (or tissue paper)
- Cotton material
- Leather lotion
- Dust bag
Step 1 – Hang the Bag
Start by hanging the purse or a bag to minimize the wrinkles. This is why you need a hanger with clips, as that’ll make it easier for you to hang it up. Just make sure that you hang it in a well-ventilated area and that there’s nothing next to it that might crush it.
Step 2 – Leave It Hanging
Leave the purse hanging for about a week. During that time, make sure that no-one touches it, and that it doesn’t come into contact with anything. Leaving it hanging in this way will enable the bag to get back to its original form, thanks to the weight pulling it down.
Step 3 – Iron It
Before you switch the iron on, remove all the water from it to avoid damaging the leather. Also make sure that it’s at its lowest setting. Whatever you do, don’t allow the leather to come into contact with steam, as that will surely damage it further.
Place a soft material like cotton or linen over the wrinkled area before pressing the iron to it. Take your time and use a back and forth motion to move the iron all over the affected area while gently pressing it down. Little by little, you’ll start to notice the wrinkles come off in an even fashion. It will take a while, but your patience will be rewarded.
Step 4 – Take Care Of It
By now, your leather purse should be wrinkle-free and smooth once again. Now, you need to make sure that you take care of it so that you don’t encounter the same problem in the future. A good way to ensure this is to apply some leather conditioner onto it, which will help to bring out the leather material’s natural oils while giving it a nice soft feel.
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Leather conditioner is also important in ensuring that the bag doesn’t develop any more wrinkles in the future. To keep your leather bag in tip-top shape for longer, make sure to store it in a clean natural fiber pillowcase or dust bag. This will help to protect it from exposure to the elements while reducing natural wear and tear.
Also, try and rotate the bags you use if possible to avoid overusing one bag and make sure you minimize the bag’s contact with water or too much sunlight.
How to Straighten Leather Bag
So there you have a 4-step process of how to straighten leather bag. We all have been there. It’s normal and perfectly natural. But it’s just that much better knowing that there is a solution to everything when it comes to leather. Follow us and we will make sure that your leather bags are in great shape and serve you for a lifetime.