Understanding Patent Leather Handbags
Patent Leather: Dig Deeper– Patent leather is another type of finish. Typically, it’s slightly stiffer and thicker than most leathers, with a high-gloss shine. The shine is achieved by adding multiple coats or varnishes, oils, and synthetic resins.
Patent leather handbags are usually made from a vegetable tanned cowhide leather that has been finished with chemicals that give it a shiny, reflective surface. Most stages of the preparation of patent leather are the same as for other conventional leathers. However, in the final finishing stage, it’s laminated with an acrylic coating to give it its characteristic glossiness.
Understanding patent leather handbags:
- One common method is to use a machine called a flow coater.
- Workers load a tank above a conveyor belt with the liquid polyurethane/acrylic gel.
- The hides pass beneath the tank, on a belt, as they’re coated with the liquid gel that pours down on them through specially designed spouts.
- Next, the glazed hides are stretched out and pass through a heated tunnel to dry.
- The first coat of finish is a primer and formulated so that it penetrates the leather completely.
- After drying, the hide is put through the flow coater again, this time for a middle coat that includes dye.
- Then it’s dried as before, and put through for a third and final top coat. This top coat includes a light varnish, dries clear, hard, shiny, and waterproof. It’s the leather’s first line of defense.
How to Clean Patent Leather Handbags
Cleaning patent leather handbags is relatively simple. Its thick finish is tough and does a good job of protecting the leather beneath it.
How to care for, clean and condition your patent leather handbags:
- A damp cloth is usually enough to clean dust, dirt and most stains.
- Patent leather handbags can be cleaned with a good quality leather cleaner. We recommend Vernice Leather Cleaner. It’s a silicon based product that protects the shine while effectively removing dirt.
- Spray a small amount of cleaner directly to a damp terry cloth or micro-fiber towel. Rub it into the surface area roughly the size of your hand. Repeat this process, paying attention to seams and folds, until you’ve thoroughly cleaned your entire purse. There is no need for buffing.
- Avoid getting any cleaner or conditioner on zippers and hardware.
- This process allows the cleaner to effectively break down the stains and buildup, while not penetrating the patent finish in any way.
- Let the purse dry naturally, indoors. Patent leather purses shouldn’t be dried out in the sun or on artificial heat sources such as radiators. The excessive heat can breakdown the molecules in the acrylic finish, causing fading of color and the gradual deterioration of the protective patent.
- Like all animal skins, patent leather needs conditioning or it’ll dry out. Fortunately, and another great reason to use Vernice Leather Cleaner, is that it moisturizes the patent leather while it cleans.
- In other words, there is no need to use any other type of conditioning product.
- When not in use, be sure to store your patent leather purse in a box or cotton dust bag. 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.