You may take it everywhere with you, and use it everyday, but even if it’s made of quality leather it will eventually lose its shape and need to be reformed.

But how do you do it?

The Best Way To Reform A Leather Bag

  1. You need to give the bag its structure back, and that involves some care and attention.
  2. You need to stuff your bag full of crumpled up newspapers, and store it in a warm place (such as a conservatory or car boot).
  3. This should be done with both structured and unstructured bags, and you should store them like this for every bag when not in use.
  4. You can alternatively purchase a "bag shaper" which has the same outcome of keeping your bag upright and filled out.
  5. Another great tip is to cut out some hard plastic, and push it into the lining of your bag.

We have detailed below a simple 3 step process for straigtening your leather bag. 

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3-Step Process of How To Straighten Leather Bag

It’s not utterly complicated to get those wrinkles out of your bag. However, it will take some effort and time to follow through this easy-to-follow 4-step process. So here are the things you will need before you get started:

  • A clothes hanger with clips;
  • Bubble wrap (or tissue paper);
  • Iron;
  • Cotton material;
  • Leather lotion;
  • Dust bag.

If you got yourself everything you need, let’s cover those four steps one at a time to get the best results.

Step 1 – Hang the Bag

Start by hanging the purse or a bag to minimize the wrinkles. This is why you need a hanger with clips, as that’ll make it easier for you to hang it up. Just make sure that you hang it in a well-ventilated area without anything around that could press against it. Make sure that the bag receives no direct sunlight, as that will not aid to solving the issue at hand.

Step 2 – Leave It Hanging

Leave the purse hanging for about a week. During that time, make sure that no-one touches it, and that it doesn’t come into contact with anything. Leaving it hanging for prolonged period of time will enable the bag to get back to its original form, thanks to its own natural weight and gravity, of course. One again it’s imperative to mention again not to leave the bag hanging in direct sunlight, as it might affect its color, shape and size in a negative way.

Step 3 – Iron or Steam It

Before you switch the iron on, remove all the water from it to avoid damaging the leather. Also make sure that it’s at its lowest setting. Whatever you do, don’t allow the leather to come into contact with steam as it will be extremely counter-productive to reaching your desired result.

Place a soft material like cotton or linen over the wrinkled area before pressing the iron to it. Take your time and use a back and forth motion to move the iron all over the affected area while gently pressing it down. Little by little, you’ll start to notice the wrinkles come off in an even fashion. It will take a while, but your patience will be rewarded.

By now, your leather purse should be wrinkle-free and smooth once again. Now, you need to make sure that you take care of it so that you don’t encounter the same problem in the future. 

Leather conditioner is also important in ensuring that the bag doesn’t develop any more wrinkles in the future. To keep your leather bag in tip-top shape for longer, make sure to store it in a clean natural fiber pillowcase or dust bag when unused. This will help to protect it from exposure to the elements while reducing natural wear and tear.

Also, try and rotate the bags you use if possible to avoid overusing one bag and make sure you minimize the bag’s contact with water or too much sunlight.

How to Straighten Leather Bag

So there you have a 3-step process of how to straighten leather bag. We all have been there. It’s normal and perfectly natural. But it’s just that much better knowing that there is a solution to everything when it comes to leather. Follow us and we will make sure that your leather bags are in great shape and serve you a lifetime.

Hope you enjoyed the read. 


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