A good leather wallet is a very affordable investment in a wardrobe. However, like any leather item, knowing how to preserve it will keep your wallet looking new for many years.
First, the most important thing to know about skin cleansing: Do not use detergents that contain ammonia or bleach. They can damage the surface. Also do not “wash” for water because the dye can be washed.
Before cleaning the leather wallet, make sure to empty the wallet compartments, shake the wallet upside down to remove dust and debris. Pull off the liner and clean with a dust roller. If the lining is seamlessly sewn and cannot be pulled out, use a fabric cleaning brush to remove dust. If you cannot pull out the wallet liner, vacuum by using the cloth brush accessory.
Next, to clean the skin’s surface, mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth in it, wring it out and wipe the outer surfaces of the wallet. Use another clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry the wallet with a clean towel. A mixture of warm, soapy water will also remove water stains and scratches.
For more stubborn stains, here are some things to try:
– Nail polish remover or specialized cleaning alcohol: Although not known by many people, this is the most effective way to remove ink stains and scratches. Dip a cotton ball in nail polish remover or rub in alcohol to fade the stain. Rub gently until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean damp cloth and dry with a towel.
Baking soda or cornstarch: To remove oil or grease stains, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain, gently rub with a damp cloth. Leave on for a few hours or overnight. Baking soda or cornstarch will absorb grease. Finally wipe with a clean cloth.
– Lemon juice and fresh yeast: mix the mixture in 1 to 1 ratio, used for stains that are stained from other items. Apply the mixture and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then use a damp cloth to remove the mixture. Note: Lemon juice and yeast have a mild bleaching effect, so it should only be used with light-skinned purses.
– After cleaning your wallet, apply a special cream to prevent the skin from drying or cracking and form a layer to protect your wallet from future stains. You can buy a conditioner yourself or make your own with a 1 part vinegar-2 part flaxseed oil recipe. Apply the mixture on the skin surface and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe with a soft cloth until the skin lightens up.