Leather bags get better with time and age.
Not only does leather look great, but it also gives the bag more character as you use it over a period of time. This is why most people prefer to buy good quality products that will last them for years. However, there are certain instances where our beloved leather items can be damaged by moisture – especially if they have not been looked after properly in the first place! The common culprit behind this damage?
So how do we remove mold from these kinds of surfaces without damaging or making any changes to their original form and appearance? Here's what you need:
- paper towels
- clean cloths (you may want multiple pieces)
In order to start removing mold effectively, you need to remove any excess moisture and dry the affected area.
Start by removing as much of the water with a paper towel. If there is still moisture in the leather, use another paper towel so it absorbs more of it. Keep wiping the area until no more water comes out (it may take a couple of towels). You can also use a clean cloth in place of paper towel, if you're careful not to damage your leather.
Next, use another paper towel or cloth to dry the area. You don't want any moisture left in order for this method to be effective! Keep wiping until it feels completely dry and there is no more water on the surface.
Now that your leather is clean and dry, you can start removing the mold. Make sure to use a separate paper towel or cloth for this step.
Spray some WD40 on the area where there are visible signs of mold – but make sure that it's not near the stitching or any other surfaces (you don't want to risk loosening anything). Spray a generous amount of WD40 (about 6 to 8 inches away from the surface) and wipe down with a clean paper towel or cloth.
After applying the WD40, give it some time to sit on the leather and loosen up the mold. The recommended time is about 10 minutes; but depending on how much mold you have, you may need to leave it for up to 30 minutes.
After 10 – 30 minutes, use a clean paper towel or cloth and wipe away the mold.
To prevent future mold from developing on your bag (and affecting its appearance), avoid storing the leather in moist places like bathrooms, basements, etc. Make sure you also allow ample time before you put your leather away, and check it regularly to make sure it is dry. If there are any signs of moisture near where you store the bag – wipe them down immediately!
If you're not sure about mold-removal or you simply don't have time, then consider taking it to a professional leather cleaner. They'll be able to clean and protect it, while making sure that the dimensions remain perfect. They also may be able to offer a solution to prevent the mold from returning.
Removing mold from leather is not a difficult task at all. Once you have the right materials, the entire process can be done within 10 – 15 minutes. See? It's really simple! Properly look after your leather items and make sure they are clean, dry, and free of any moisture. This way you will prevent mold from forming and ruining your treasured possessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the best way to clean my leather bag?
A: There are different methods of cleaning your leather shopping bags, depending on the type of material it's made from. However, for general cleaning and maintaining – a microfiber cloth and a good cleaner work well for most types!
Q: How do I prevent mold from forming on my leather bag?
A: Properly care for your leather bag and ensure it is dry, clean, and not covered in any moisture.
The easiest way to do this is by storing it in a dry location (away from humidity or moisture) and wipe any water drops before they are allowed to soak into the material.
Q: How do I get rid of mildew on a leather bag?
A: First, remove any excess water with a paper towel or cloth. Check all the seams and areas where moisture may have seeped in, and wipe it all down. Next, wipe the entire area with a cloth or paper towel that is moistened with distilled white vinegar. Make sure you don't leave any puddles on the surface – just enough so it dries quickly. Finish by wiping it down with another clean paper towel or a damp cloth. Finally, wipe the area with WD40 to loosen up the mildew – allow it to sit for 10 – 30 minutes before wiping away.
Q: What is mold? How do I know if my bag has mold?
A: Mold is a plant growth that usually appears on organic surfaces; in this case – on leather. It forms due to lack of sunlight, dehydration, and excess moisture in the environment.
If you notice any black spots or spots that appear greenish-grey in color – those are probably mold. However, not all discoloration is mold; sometimes it can be dirt or other types of stains. To be sure, wipe it down with distilled white vinegar. If any mold is left after wiping it, then that's probably what you're dealing with.
You can also do a simpler test by placing the leather in sunlight and see if new spots grow or existing ones fade away. The sun will kill mold spores and stop them from growing back again!