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How to Care for and Maintain Your Vera Bradley Leather Accessories

Posted by Katharine Guidotti on

Your leather bags and accessories are more than just fashion statements; they're an investment in style and durability.

To ensure your leather goods remain in pristine condition, we've created this helpful guide filled with tips and tricks that demonstrate how to care for leather bags and accessories.

Understanding Types of Leather

Our commitment to quality extends to the selection of premium leather for our accessories.

Understanding the type of leather is crucial for proper maintenance as some leather may require additional care.

We primarily use high-quality full-grain cowhide leather known for its natural appearance, durability, and low maintenance. In fact, the more you use your full-grain leather bags and accessories, the more alluring its appearance becomes. As the full-grain bags and accessories age, they develop a beautiful patina that adds to its character.

Additionally, some products in our leather collection are complemented by non-leather material along the trim and strap facing to increase their resistance to everyday wear and tear.

Practice Gentle and Effective Cleaning Techniques

Maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your leather bags, wallets and accessories starts with regular cleaning.

  1. 1. Dust off any surface dirt with a soft, dry cloth once a week if you are using your leather products frequently.

  2. 2. For deeper cleaning, remove all your personal items from the bag. Next, dampen a clean microfiber cloth. Be sure not to overly saturate the cloth—just a little bit goes a long way. Gently wipe the leather and make sure it dries thoroughly to avoid any excessive moisture that may compromise its integrity.
Vera Bradley camel color leather handbag with open zipper and view of patterned lining inside

Always avoid using any harsh, household cleaning products to maintain your leather goods. And never soak your leather bags or accessories in water as this can cause irreparable damage.

Whether you’re giving your leather bag or accessory a quick or thorough cleaning, be sure to wash your hands before you begin as full-grain leather is highly susceptible to oil and grease.

Take Immediate Action for Stains

Accidents happen, but quick action can prevent lasting damage.

For liquid spills, blot the affected area of your leather product with a clean, absorbent cloth. Avoid rubbing, as it may spread the stain or cause it to penetrate the grain.

Follow Proper Storage Techniques

Preserving the shape and structure of your leather bags and accessories during storage is crucial.

Stuffing your bags with acid-free tissue paper helps maintain their form and prevents creases. Store your items in dust bags or pillow cases to shield them from light and moisture, ensuring they remain in optimal condition between uses.

Woman at counter in cafe with black leather handbag

Leather, like any natural material, is susceptible to sun damage.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to fading and deterioration. When not in use, store your accessories in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This simple step goes a long way in extending the lifespan of your cherished leather pieces.

Enjoy Your Leather Bags and Accessories for Years to Come

Caring for your leather accessories is a labor of love, and with the right knowledge, it becomes a gratifying experience.

Remember, each piece tells a unique story, and proper maintenance ensures that story continues to unfold beautifully. By incorporating these tips on how to care for leather bags into your routine, you not only preserve the longevity of your leather accessories but also elevate your everyday style.