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What are some tips for cleaning leather handbags?

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The exterior of a leather handbag should be cleaned with alcohol-free baby wipes, baby wash and microfiber towels to remove any smudges or stains. The interior of a leather handbag should be completely emptied and flipped out of the purse. A lint roller helps to remove any pieces of paper or crumbs.

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No water or solution should be sprayed on the exterior of a leather handbag. Instead, people cleaning leather handbags should spray baby wash directly on a microfiber towel and then wipe down the bag to restore its shine. The bag should be wiped in smooth, even strokes. Wiping with the grain of the bag helps avoid the risk of streaks. The handbag exterior, the straps and the bottom of the bag should be wiped down completely.

People should not use any type of cleaner or solution that is oil- or petroleum-based when cleaning a leather handbag. Deep stains that are not easily removed with baby wash or baby wipes may require the use of saddle soap and a microfiber cloth. Saddle soap can stain the leather, so it is important to test out the solution on a small part of the bag and evenly smooth out the solution when cleaning.

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