I was reorganizing my bags when I remembered this small project I did back in February 2014. I had been using this mustard yellow The Sak tote to school – it was made of soft genuine leather and just big enough to carry my makeup kit, pencil case, notebook and codals. Over time, I noticed that the color wasn’t as vibrant as before and that it was showing some signs of use.
My natural instinct was to consult a professional. I contacted some bag restoration companies in Metro Manila and asked them how much it would cost to restore the leather of my tote.
I backed out upon learning that their service would cost almost DOUBLE the price of the bag. It would have been worth it if I asked them to restore a Louis Vuitton purse… but a Sak? I supposed I could just buy a new one. (I didn’t!)
One day, I stepped into a car accessories store and saw this aisle of cleaners for car interiors. I grabbed some Tanner’s Preserve Leather Cleaner and Leather Conditioning Cream. They’re supposed to be used on genuine leather car seats and interiors, so I hoped that it would work on my tote. At only a few hundred pesos each, I was willing to risk it!
All you need is a clean white cloth and a little patience
1. Spray some leather cleaner onto the cloth and wipe the surface clean. Repeat if necessary.
2. Find a clean dry spot on your cloth/rag then squeeze a pea-sized amount of leather conditioning cream. Wipe in circular motion. Repeat.
10 minutes later… Tada! It worked! Bwahaha!
Now go and start cleaning!