Understanding Suede Leather Handbags
Suede Leather : Dig Deeper– A treatment applied to the interior split layer of cowhide, its buffed and brushed to produce a napped, velvet-like finish. Genuine suede has a wonderful drape. Because it comes from the thinner split layer of the cowhide, suede is more fragile than its counterpart nubuck, which is made from the more durable top grain layer.
Suede leather handbags have a rustic look and are very soft and gentle to the touch. Suede is a casual style of purse ideal for a Sunday trip to the mall or for grocery shopping in a soft Nike jump suit. Understanding Suede Leather Handbags
Understanding suede leather handbags:
- Suede is very similar to Nubuck in both texture and appearance, but there are some big differences.
- Both are napped leathers, meaning they were sanded or buffed until the nap formed.
- Nubuck comes from top grain cowhide, a thick, durable surface leather.
- Suede comes from the interior split leather of the cowhide. It’s meticulously buffed into a nap that gives it a soft, furry texture that’s very gentle to the touch.
- Split leather is thinner and more delicate than the surface top grain hide. This makes it both supple and a nightmare to maintain. It’s less durable than other conventional leathers and is highly susceptible to staining and discoloration.
- What suede lacks in durability it more than makes up for in aesthetic beauty. Its thin, soft and highly pliable texture makes you want to wrap yourself up in it and dream about romantic adventures.
How to Clean Suede Leather Handbags
Caring for your suede leather handbags is both an exercise in patience and skill. Its delicate fiber structure along with its susceptibility to staining and discoloration make suede a rather fragile and troublesome material. Nevertheless, it’s incredibly comfortable and pleasing to the senses.
How to care for and clean your suede leather handbags:
- Avoid water. Rain, spills and moisture from cleaning and conditioning products can stain the surface and darken it.
- There are cleaning and conditioning products as well as waterproofing sprays on the market, but we can’t recommend any as we haven’t had any experience with them. The leather care product manufacturers have some pretty good arguments, and suede owners have some pretty good reasons to try them, but before you do we urge you to contact the manufacturer of your suede product before using them.
- The chemistry just doesn’t add up. Manufacturers such as Coach will tell you not to get your suede leather handbags wet because of the leather’s vulnerability to it, yet most cleaners, conditioners and sprays are water-based.
- To remove dust, dirt and most stains, rub the suede leather with a napping brush or a very fine sandpaper (600 grit or higher) in a gentle but rapid back and forth motion. Do this for no more than 5 – 10 seconds.
- This is also a good way to bring back the napping texture after the leather has been exposed to liquids. After coming into contact with water, the suede will dry and harden into a sandpaper-like texture. Once it’s dry, follow the above steps, preferably with a napping brush, all around the distressed area.
- For more stubborn stains, try using an uncolored or natural pencil eraser. This is a great purse cleaning home remedy that has proven to be very effective on a variety of different stains and scuff marks.
- Scuff marks must be attended to immediately. Even after a couple of hours, scuff marks can become permanently ingrained.
- Suede colors tend to fade for one reason or another more rapidly than most other conventional leathers.
- To reduce this rapid fading, store your suede leather handbags in a dark place such as a closet.
- When not in use, be sure to store your suede 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.