From handbags and purses to backpacks and wallets, we want you to enjoy your leather accessories for a lifetime. From the moment they're crafted and until they arrive in your arms, they need to be cared for properly.

With our handy guide, your most treasured leather pieces will look beautiful for years to come.

Covering all day-to-day care and maintenance to small repairs and specialist cleaning, here you'll find everything there is to know about leather care.



By taking time to care for your leather bags and purses, you will uphold the value and maintain the appearance of your most treasured pieces.


Looking after your leather goods starts with day-to-day care. By following just a few simple rules, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear and extend the life of your leather accessories for years:

  • Leather is a skin, and it can stretch. Avoid overfilling your handbag, purse or wallet to maintain its original silhouette
  • Take extra care with leather items you use often. Take the time each week to wipe away dust and spots with a soft cloth or brush
  • Scratches can detract from a flawlessly crafted handbag. Take care to avoid contact with heavily embellished clothes, sharp surfaces or chunky jewellery when you're out and about.
  • Wet leather requires extra care, so if rain is forecast, remember to take an umbrella
  • Remember to air your leather goods out occasionally to remove any unwanted smells and scents.



Do's and Don'ts

  • Don't machine wash leather
  • Don't get leather wet wherever possible
  • Don't dry wet leather next to a radiator or with a hair dryer
  • Don't tumble dry leather
  • Don't iron leather
  • Don't immerse leather in water to clean
  • Do regularly clean leather with a soft brush or cloth
  • Do regularly air out your leather bag or purse
  • Do blot away water or moisture as soon as possible
  • Do dry wet leather naturally, away from artificial heat
  • Do keep leather supple with a specialised leather conditioner every 3-6 months
  • Do clean spots and stains with a mixture of soap flakes and warm water
  • Do use a steam cleaner to disinfect and remove buildup from regular use
  • Do test any conditioners, cleaners, polishes or wax in a hidden spot beforehand.

Cleaning any smudging from your engraved product

Engraving is done by burning the leather with a laser. This. then leaves a black residue called soot 

  1. Wet a cloth with cool water and wring it out until it is only damp.
  2. Wipe the leather with the cloth to remove as much of the soot as possible. Rinse the cloth and repeat this a few times. 
  3. Wipe over the stain with a dry cloth. If you're cleaning a purse or shoes, stuff them with newspaper to help keep their shape. 
  4. Allow the leather to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat.
  5. Dampen a cloth and rub it over the saddle soap to pick up a small amount on the cloth and create a lather.
  6. Scrub the leather with the cloth to remove any remaining stains.
  7. Wipe the leather with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Repeat this as necessary.
  8. Blot any excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth and allow the leather to air dry.
  9. Repeat the entire process if any stains remain.


Should you ever have an unfortunate stain or scratch on your bovine leather bag or wallet, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help you find the right solution to save your treasured leather piece. 


With love,

Bovine Leather