Leather purses are expensive, but many people justify the purchase because leather handbags last a long time — the quality is unmatched by synthetic materials. When people purchase an expensive leather bag, they do so with the intent of using it for the long-term. 

So imagine the disappointment when that leather gets stained, damaged or faded. Thankfully, it's possible to get a stain out of a leather purse, and the proper care can help prevent stains as well.

Handling tough stains on a leather purse

It's always a best practice to get to any stain with a leather purse cleaner as quickly as possible; the longer the stain is allowed to set, the harder it will be to remove. But certain stains may require a different treatment.

Ink stains on leather purses

For example, rubbing alcohol is often recommended to remove ink stains, which can be especially difficult to remove once they've set into the leather. Apply the alcohol sparingly and spot test first. 

Cleaning grease stains on leather 

Grease stains from food may be the hardest types of stains to clean off of a leather purse, as our leather cleaner is designed to not strip the natural oils in the leather, which can lead to over drying. Before cleaning with our leather cleaner, gently blot the stain with a dry rag to see if you can absorb the grease into the rag. Then clean the stain with Leather Honey Leather Cleaner as directed.  

How to clean a leather purse or bag

First, a quick note: It's important to follow manufacturer instructions for your leather, and to test any product you apply to your bag in a discreet area, first. 

Once you're ready to clean, you should first dust off the leather to remove any loose soil or dust. Then, gently wipe down the leather with leather cleaner, concentrating on the stained or soiled areas. Avoid rubbing; using a light touch will ensure you won't harm the leather. 

Our Leather Honey Leather Cleaner is gentle and effective, so you shouldn't have to work hard or scrub the leather to remove stains.

Leather conditioning for purses and bags 

Just as cleaning leather is important, leather conditioning can restore the look and feel of your leather purses. Leather conditioner will reverse the effects of dryness, including stiff leather and faded areas. 

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner should be used every six months, starting from when your handbag or purse is new. It can protect against stains, as it is water and liquid repellent. To condition your purse, put a small amount of leather conditioner onto a lint-free cloth, then gently apply in a thin, even coat to your leather. 

Always check the tags on your handbag before any type of purse cleaning. A test blot should always be done on a small corner of the leather before applying leather cleaner or conditioner to the whole bag. Most leather cleaners are designed for leather but Leather Honey is a natural solution that works on all types of leather (except suede). Still, a quick test is always a safe bet.

Don't skip the handles or strap. Allow the leather to dry for at least two hours (preferably overnight) and then wipe off any excess.

The conditioning process with Leather Honey leather purse conditioner will help preserve your bag’s appearance by maintaining its strength and its shine.

Complete Leather Purse Care Kit

Leather cleaner and conditioner kits include everything you need

leather care kit

With our product bundles, you get our Leather Honey premium conditioner, Leather Honey cleaner, and 2 application cloths.

What Our Customers Say

I received my Leather Honey yesterday and I’m sure I’ll be purchasing more as it was just as described. I had just bought a premium designer handbag. A Chloe, and on the care instructions it suggested that the bag be waterproofed & treated before use…”

I used your product on my brand new shoes…I wear Anzo leather-soled and glove-soft uppers to work. They used to last about one year before the leather sole would deteriorate and come apart and out they’d go. Since I have been painting the soles with Leather Honey, I have some that are going on four years!”

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