How To Clean Glazed Leather Bags

Understanding Glazed Leather Bags

Glazed leather has a polished finish but not quite as high gloss as patent leather. This glossy finish is a strong protectant against natural elements and abrasive cleaning chemicals.

Glazed leather handbags have a unique shine due to the intense finishing process that it goes through. The result is a rather rigid product that has a strong armor of glazed varnish that protects it from damage and the elements.

Understanding glazed leather bags:

  • Most glazed leather purses are made from cowhide leather.
  • Processing is the same as regular cowhide until the finishing stage.
  • In most good quality glazed leathers, the hides are usually aniline-dyed before the glazed surface is applied.
  • The beautifully polished surface is achieved by polishing it with high heat pressure rollers usually made of agate, steel, or glass.
  • A varnish is applied during this polishing stage that gives it its unique shine.

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How to clean glazed leather handbags and condition :

  • First, wipe off topical dust and dirt with a clean, damp cotton cloth; old t-shirts work great. This simple procedure doesn’t require any soaps or conditioners.
  • For stubborn stains, ink marks, and scuff marks, use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Be careful not to use too much or rub very hard. In either case, you could take some of the shine off, leaving a dull spot in its wake. We have had substantial success using this product, but do keep in mind its appropriate use.
  • For conditioning, try the Leather Honey leather conditioner. It’s a quality cream, but be sure to test it on a small inconspicuous area and watch for dulling. Apple Leather Conditioner has been known to take the shine off certain glazed finishes. We have tested it on a couple of glazed leather handbags and have had no problems, but some of our friends have blogged about losing the shine.
  • When in doubt, contact the manufacturer or go see a professional. Taking unnecessary risks will end up costing more than an occasional professional cleaning. You can’t put a price on a broken heart!
  • When not in use, be sure to store your glazed leather purse in a box or cotton dust bag. It’s leather and it needs to breathe. Never put any leather products into plastic bags.
  • Don’t fold or stress the purse in any way. Allow it to rest naturally, with plenty of space and nothing sitting on top of it, pressing it under its weight.
  • Tuck the strap inside, especially if there’s a chain or hardware on it. This will prevent it from scratching the leather.