My bag is turning black!?
December 1, 2012 6:47 PM Subscribe
Help me clean my jean-stained leather bag in Japan (and help me prevent this from happening again)!
posted by Kamelot123 to clothing, beauty, & fashion (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I bought a new Kenneth Cole leather bag a few weeks ago. The bag is pictured here:
I love the bag, and am satisfied with my purchase. Recently however, I noticed a black-ish stain developing on one side of the bag.
I have never owned a leather product before. When the stain was small I naively assumed that it was something that just "happens" to leather. I have realized since that it is due to a new pair of jeans that I bought. The ink from the jeans seems to be rubbing off on the leather (alas, I didn't even know about this problem with new jeans before this).
I would like to clean the bag if possible, but am not sure how - I frikkin love this bag and it is the first high quality one I have ever purchased! I would fall into a severe depression if it was irretrievably marred in its first few weeks of use.
I have done some researching and it seems that leather is notoriously difficult to clean and maintain. I am worried about using a cleaning method that would damage the leather or strip it of it's lubrication. I am deliberating whether to take the bag to a professional, or if there is some relatively safe do-it-yourself method. Has anyone had experience cleaning jean stains from leather, or anything similar?
Finally, I would also like to know - does anyone have any other tips on how to protect extend the life of leather products? I saw something on google about some cream to keep it moisturized and safe from rain - is rain really so bad that a cream like this would be essential?
PS: I am living in Japan. If there are specific Japanese products you could mention that might help, I would love to hear about them.