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How To: dry a Leather Bag

Yes, you really hope it doesn’t happen but…. it rains, may occur accidents or other situations that lead to the presence of water on the accessory so: how to dry a leather bag, a few steps without damaging the material.

Nightmare: the wet leather bag! No prob Bro, we have remedies!
It’s a classic: when you forget the umbrella, or when the predictions are wrong (yes, often!), or when the children get bored, they can really cause damage, like spills in the precious leather bag. A bag of wet skin is a problem, because it is a material that absorbs and can therefore present swelling. First of all, do not panic, but intervene immediately.

Miracles could not be done, unfortunately, if bag is damaged nothing can be done, except if  an artisan performs a drastic intervention to replace the swollen skin. If you want quality leather accessories, I Medici in Firenze bags are the best solution, also for quality and price. But how to dry this garment if not damaged but wet is a risk that can compromise the quality?

Do it immediately: dab the wet bag, simple, obvious!

But how? The first step to do is to use a soft, dry cotton or flannel cloth, dab gently and without rubbing. In doing so, the moisture is absorbed and removed, but warning: rubbing may scratch the surface! It is better then to dry everything in a natural way and outside. If it is possible, the open air is a real cure, but it should not be exposed to direct sunlight, because heat can ruin and lighten the color of leather and leather in general and degrades the fibers. So, better to find a place in the shade and maybe with a little fresh breeze. But it is better not to dry it completely, to complete the routine better. It is forbidden, I repeat forbidden, to dry the bag with the hairdryer. Naturally it is also forbidden putting it on the radiator, or near an electric heater. Any source of heat can cause damage, above all it can leave unpleasant clear spots or unsightly spots.

How to preserve the leather bag from the wet
Once the excess moisture has been removed, the accessory must be gently activated, focusing on the areas that have been wet a lot. There are mixtures of nourishing oil, balsam for skin, or specific products, which are applied by massaging them and letting them dry for several hours. The purpose is to nourish the skin, but also to reintegrate the protection that the wet washed away. It is also for this reason that, for the normal cleaning of the leather bag, aggressive detergents should not be used, or worse, washed with neutral shampoo.

If you are short of oils or protective products, sodium bicarbonate powder, talc or corn starch applied to the whole accessory and made to act for a whole night, will take the place. The next day it will become a yellowish powder that must be removed with a dry cloth. When the bag is completely dry, you can apply a linseed oil that will help to restore the gloss to the accessory and strengthen the structure.

Final secret to prevent wet problems on leather bags is…..to play in advance:

  • buy high quality products (as Italian leather bags usually are and our I Medici in Firenze really are)
  • buy a waterproof product in a specific skin spray, so you do not have to perform all these operations. They protect from water in a preventive manner and the bag will not be ruined.
  • Or use a beeswax cream is a natural solution that is very effective in waterproofing this material, as well as nourishing it. The bag will look like new.

Best leather, How to recognize it

Buying high quality leather items is not always simple and easy as it seems if you are not choosing from I Medici in Firenze store.

Clearly you can simply choose a leather bag from us or go around and pay without worrying about the item quality, but we think that if you are looking for something special and lasting, there are some details and suggestion to follow that I Medici in Firenze could tell if you are not buying at our store (we really know you’ll never do that). 

First: take care of all the details, including wires, zips and quality of metal parts. For a quick reference here we give to you the seven elements you got to know to buy a good leather bag.

1. One shot one kill: (real) Made in Italy products
Buying items of leather  Made in Italy is the first element for quality leather items and handbags. And you will recognize them from the inside or outside printed logo: Made in Italy. Be careful the Made in Italy brand  is not enough to guarantee the best quality  but allows you be in right direction.  Then choose the named and famous Brands: as i Medici in Firenze is, a brand with a long history in quality leather production. You will need additional characteristics to find a excellent leather product, see below.

2. Carefully observe the leather
If possible examine the leather item you are about to buy, every detail, every finish, and if it is Made in Italy you will see an item of high quality, high details creation. If not passible as with ecommerce: check for the possibility of the return of the item (we got it 🙂 ). Important: the smell. You need to smell a good scent, the genuine skin the leather is a pleasure to smell, if the leather smells good this is a quality signal. No vinyl or glue accent must be present.
High quality leather is heavier than the other type of leather, that is due to its high fiber density: so the higher is, the better the quality is.

3. The ecological Vegetable treatment 
Today, the ecological aspect of a genuine leather product is necessary, the leather products with vegetal tanning treatment allows makers to have handbags made with products that are not harmful to our environment. And also do not cause irritation to those who use the leather bag. The vegetal tanned treatment is typical of the Tuscany area and I medici in Firenze sell only this kind of  green products .

4. Check all seams
After checking the material, the stitching check is passed. The handmade seam is more durable and beautiful to see than the one made by machinery, both are great but the hand made makes the product more expensive.

5. The Price and the seller
You will never see a real quality leather bag, purse, briefcase or wallet a the price of a plastic or nylon bag because the price of the material is very different so, after checking the previous points be careful to price. Understand us: you don’t have to pay thousand  of euros for a quality bag but it if very, very difficult that some one decide to sell you quality product at super discount price, if price seems unbelievable probably… it is (or the items is not good as they told you). So be careful. And last but not least: the place where you buy. You have to feel  free to choose, to refuse, to came back. Buy products in place where you know they produce the leather items, buy form well known resellers.

To conclude, if you want to buy a quality leather bag you can do two things: do your tests and take your risks and go crazy buying from other sellers or more simply choosing from  wonderful leather bags offered by  I Medici in Firenze, 100% high quality Italian products.