Here at Misch, we aim to educate our visitors and customers on everything about leather. In this post, let’s answer one of the popular questions about leather duffle bag — will alcohol destroy it?
Is It Okay to Clean Your Leather Duffle Bag with Alcohol?
Rubbing alcohol is one of the solutions used to clean the stains from a leather bag. Unfortunately, though, alcohol can ruin the leather. And not just alcohol. Acetone, too, can be bad for any product made of leather.
Why Is Alcohol Bad for Leather?
It causes the material to dry. That is, it dries out the leather. Keep in mind that it’s made from animal skin. If moisture is not locked in, the leather starts to crack or break. That’s why alcohol causes a problem with leather bags. Furthermore, alcohol removes the finish of the leather. It’s especially true if you don’t dilute it properly. It can easily knock off the outer layer on the surface. If that happens, your bag will lose its protective layer, thereby, exposing it to outside elements that can fully destroy the material.
Can You Use a Polish Remover?
This is also a no-no when it comes to leather. If you think that it can help your leather bag, then you’re definitely wrong. Most nail polish remover contains acetone that can remove the color from your leather bag. When you apply it to your bag, it will create a bleached-looking spot where the remover is applied.
What to Use Instead?
You should only use a solution or a cleaner made for leather. When you purchase your leather bag from Misch, you’ll find instructions on how to clean it. If it’s time for you to clean it, make sure to use only enough amount. While cleaning, use a circular motion to remove dirt off the material. Dry it off using a cotton towel.
There are soft leather cleaners you can find online. But make sure you’re buying from reputable sources. If you’re not sure what or where to buy a cleaner for your leather bag, you may contact us so we can advise you.
Why Choose Leather Bag?
Indeed, leather bags require the use of a specific solution to clean them. But every precious item needs TLC. Despite that, leather bags are still low-maintenance. For one, they don’t easily collect dust. Dust or dirt will just fall off. When you wipe it with a soft cloth, the grime will be gone.
Storing the bag is also easy. As long as you don’t place it in a moist environment, the bag won’t grow any fungi. Furthermore, leather bags are durable enough that they can last for decades, with proper maintenance.