How to Recondition Leather Purses

By Misty Witenberg

Leather is a popular material for handbags because of its rich texture and overall durability. However, leather shows wear and tear easily, and to keep a purse feeling supple and looking like new, you must recondition it. All leathers begin to lose their luster as they dry out from sunlight and heat, but by applying a conditioning treatment once or twice a year, you can restore some of your purse's shine and give it a barrier from moisture and dirt. With the proper care, you can extend the life of your bag for years.

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Commercial Formula

Step 1

Prepare your purse by removing any exterior dirt or dust with a damp rag. Wipe dry immediately with a clean rag.

Step 2

Dip a clean baby's burp cloth or other soft rag in a leather-conditioning formula. Massage it into the leather gently in small circles. Repeat until the entire purse is covered.

Step 3

Wait 30 minutes for the conditioner to penetrate, then buff off any excess with a clean rag, working in small circles.

Homemade Formula

Step 1

Prep your bag by removing any exterior dirt or dust with a damp rag. Wipe dry immediately after with a clean rag.

Step 2

Mix one part white vinegar to two parts linseed oil, as recommended by Overstock.com. A mixture of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup linseed oil should be enough for most leather purses.

Step 3

Dampen your rag with the formula and gently massage into the leather, using small circles. Repeat until you've conditioned the entire bag.

Step 4

Wait 15 minutes for the conditioner to penetrate and then work in small circles to buff off any excess with a clean rag.