Oct 11, 2018

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How to Care for, Use, and Store Your Leather Bag

History buffs might have heard of the 5,500-year-old leather shoe found by archaeologists in Armenia, and while it’s not a leather bag, it’s an incredible testament to the durability of leather. But even if it’s a tough material that can last for thousands of years, the environment in which the leather shoe was preserved had to be dry and cool to keep it intact.

The same conditions are also needed for leather bags that are sold today. Remember that it’s made from animal skin that is prone to cracking, drying, staining, and warping, so, you must care for it the right way.

Polish or Condition
Before cleaning, polishing, or conditioning your leather bag, you should know what type of material you’re dealing with. You can check with the store for the type of skin used; whether it’s vegetable-tanned, chrome-tanned, full-grain, top-grain, exotic, and patent leather.

Polishing means coating the leather with a protective finish to make it durable. But be careful when doing this because it can change the color of the material, so test the product first on an inconspicuous corner. The conditioner on the other hand, is like a moisturizer for the leather, to keep the material from drying, wrinkling, and flaking. Use only a product made for leather once a month, and with a dab of conditioner on a clean, soft cloth, rub on the surface in circular motions. Leave the conditioner by air-drying for 10 minutes, then wipe off the excess.

Waterproofing Leather
Generally, you should avoid taking your bag with you in bad weather, because even if there are products that will protect the leather from moisture, it can never be fully waterproofed. If it does get wet, just let it dry naturally and don’t use heating materials to avoid warping the leather.

Avoid freezing temperatures as well, because it can make the material brittle. You can use beeswax creams in non-dyed leather to protect it from water, or a spray protectant that is made for such a purpose. Remember to test the product first on an inconspicuous part of the bag.

Cleaning and Storage
Your hands should always be clean when handling the leather bag because they could absorb the oil from your skin. But since this isn’t possible all the time, you could clean the surface with slightly damp cotton cloth. You could also spray a leather cleaner on the cloth, then wipe it on the leather in circular motions. If you see any stains, these should be removed immediately using crushed white walk that is sat overnight and dusted off the next day.

Before storing your leather bag, use a leather conditioner to keep it soft (except on patent purses) then let it air-dry before wrapping it in a dust bag or fabric bag. For suede bags, clean only using a suede brush instead of a damp cloth. Don’t forget to air your leather bags once every two weeks to prevent mold growth.

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Jun 4, 2015

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5-Step Guide to Keep an Organized Wallet

Keeping your wallet organized isn’t a habit that should only be adopted by executives and those in high-paying positions. Having an organized wallet won’t only keep things neat, it can actually also help you save some money by optimizing your credit rewards and limiting your expenditures. So before you start feeling lazy in organizing your wallet, here is a five-step guide that will help you cut the clutter now.

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  1. Utilize Your Bill Holder. Folding your bills and just sticking it in the change area, card slots or any other pockets in your wallet is the number one cause of a disorganized wallet. Horizontal bill pockets doesn’t exist for nothing, so make it habit to insert your bills in its proper holder for an easy bill access and exchange.
  1. Perform a Card Check. Other than bills, another thing that might be clogging your wallet are your cards. So, as you organize your wallet, take out each card and sort them between those that you need every day (valid ID, driver’s license, debit or ATM card, credit card, and health insurance card) and those that you don’t (discount cards, library cards, membership cards and business cards).
  1. Sort Your Paper Scraps. The main culprit behind a messy and unorganized wallet are paper scraps, namely coupons and receipts. While it’s inevitable to keep receipts in your wallet, it’s also important to get rid of the ones that you won’t be needing weekly. Throw away the receipts of yesterday’s lunch or coffee, and only keep those that have warranties in a separate envelope. Coupons, phone numbers, addresses and reminders should also be thrown away if you won’t be needing them again.

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  1. Cut Your Loose Change. Not only does loose change clutter your wallet, it also weighs it down. If your wallet has a built-in pocket for change, use it instead of carelessly dumping your coins in the bill holder. If your wallet doesn’t have that section, then place all your loose change in a separate purse to avoid unnecessary coin spills the next time you pull out some bills.
  1. Downsize Your Wallet. One good way to prevent you from filling your wallet with unnecessary papers and coupons is by downsizing it. This way, you’ll become more conscious about keeping your wallet organized and choosing between the things that should and shouldn’t be inside your wallet.

Now that you’re done organizing your wallet, you can now easily grab your bills to buy your favourite latte without holding up the line just like you did when your wallet is still overstuffed with scraps.NEW-Men-small-card-pack-Men-s-slim-leather-wallet-dermis-Coin-Purse-Bank-Card-wallets

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