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How to Waterproof a Leather Purse

Your leather purse is a stylish accessory that needs to be properly maintained and protected. Because leather is not intrinsically waterproof, it can be stained and damaged by foul weather. Ensure your favorite leather bag lasts for years by following these helpful waterproofing and maintenance tips.

Waterproofing Tips

Spot Test Beeswax Cream

If your leather bag is a lighter color, the leather may darken over time. Beeswax is a a natural waterproofing solution. Test a high-grade cream on a small, inconspicuous area of the purse to see if it works. Buff the surface gently with a soft, dry cloth such as a microfiber cloth. Repeat regularly to build up the waterproof protective coating.

Use a Spray Protectant

If the color changes during the spot test, opt for a spray protectant. This opton is not as effective as beesewax, but it's virtually invisible when applied. Start with a clean, dry purse and hold the can of spray repellant 6 to 8 inches away. Spray evenly over the entire bag in a well-ventilated area, and allow the spray to dry completely.

Maintenance Tips

Store Your Leather Purse Carefully

Make sure to store your bag properly when it's not being used. Since sunlight can fade and dry leather over time, keep it in an area that is away from the sun. The spot also shouldn't be too humid either. If you reside in a naturally humid climate, consider storing your leather purse with a silica gel desiccant or have it near a dehumidifier.

Leave Your Bag at Home During Inclement Weather

Leather is permeable and can never be completely waterproof. If there is heavy rain or snow outside, consider keeping an extra bag in your wardrobe for days when the weather is too rough.