How to Store a Cowhide Bag
First things first: how do you store your bag when not in use? Although you don’t have to overthink it, we do have a few tips to help you make sure you don’t accidentally damage your leather in long-term or short-term storage:
— Make sure it’s cool and dry.
Moisture may eventually dry out the leather and cause it to crack. We recommend storing it in the open air or inside a cotton dust bag. Never store your bag in plastic; leather needs to breathe!
— Keep it out of the sun.
Don’t leave your bag where it may be exposed to direct sunlight, since UV rays may cause fading.
— Don’t fold it.
Avoid pressing your bag underneath or between heavy items that may fold or bend it out of shape. Although creases in cowhide leather will typically disappear within a few days of unfolding, it’s best to avoid creasing it in the first place.
— Tuck the strap inside.
This will help to protect both the bag and the strap from scratching, especially if your bag has any hard embellishments.
— Avoid hanging it.
Extend the life of your straps or handles by giving them a break when not in use.
— Stuff it.
To maintain the shape of your bag for as long as possible, fill it with bubble wrap, crumpled butter paper, or some other filling material. Just avoid newspaper — the ink could rub off on the interior.
How to Clean a Cowhide (Hair On) Bag
One of the most important aspects of cowhide maintenance is keeping your bag clean. Dust, dirt, and other debris can eventually damage the fibrous surface of the leather, causing it to become brittle and prone to cracking. Proper cleaning and conditioning helps keep your leather healthy and happy!
Cleaning hair-on cowhide leather, use a soft brush to remove loose hair and dirt. If needed use water and mild soap. Use a soft rag and allow to air dry.