Leather Bags / Wallets
HOW TO CLEAN: Give your bag a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth. This will only take you a few minutes and will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather. If water spills on it, dry it out naturally. High heat source like a hairdryer will cause the leather to crinkle beyond salvage.
HOW TO STORE: Stash your bag in a dust bag and fill it with stuffing along with packs of silica gel to prevent it from getting damp. Use a clear paper, never a newspaper, which will smear to maintain its shape. Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold. Rotation is key. Everyday use of bag will wear it out so switch things up every month.
Nylon / Polyester Bags
HOW TO CLEAN: Take everything out of your bag. Turn the bag upside down, then shake it a few time to remove crumbs, dust and other debris. Moisten a towel or rag with a soapy water. Squeeze the excess liquid on the cloth. Use only mild soap. Wipe the surface of the bag with the wet towel. For stubborn stain, apply gentle pressure and rub until the mark disappears. Blot the bag with a clean towel to remove excess moisture. Allow the bag to air dry before putting anything on it.
These are solid accessories that go with the bag such as pullers, handles, locks and eyelets. It is best to polish them regularly with good quality rubbing brushes and re-seal them with a clear nail polish or lacquer.
Hardside Care. Use a gentle soap with warm water and rinse well.
Softside Care. Spot clean the dirty area using a clean rag with mild, soapy water. If the luggage has an offensive odor, try putting a charcoal inside the luggage for a day or more and close the bag. The charcoal will absorb the smell.
HOW TO STORE: Extreme temperatures and high humidity environment will tend to age luggage. Luggages that are stored in the attic or basement should be opened and aired out regularly to prevent mildew as a result of humidity. This will also maintain the normal resiliency of the luggage.
Tips to Make your Luggage Last Longer
- Never leave the zipper pulls at the corner of a suitcase. Always leave the zippers in the middle, more blows are absorbed into the corners than any other part of the bag. This can cause the zippers to rupture and open. Always keep the zippers in the center, your zippers will thank you.
- Avoid dragging luggage up or down stairs; the wheels were meant to be rolled, bouncing them on stairs can cause irreplaceable damage.
- Never pick up the bag by the adjustable handle. Instead use the top carry handle and be sure that your adjustable handle never breaks or bends.
- Some airports provide passengers with protective plastic covers that will cover luggage for a nominal fee. This is a great investment to protect your luggage from scratches, scuffs and minor damage.
- Keep a copy of your luggage lock combinations in a safe place, never inside the locked suitcase.
- Be sure to check the label on cleaning solutions, never use ballistic nylon cleaner on leather or vice versa.
- Do not assume the wheels are made to go off road, the in line wheels work best on carpet and in indoor conditions