First remove all dust and dirt from the skins with a slightly damp soft
cloth. Then stuff the purse with tissue paper till it is in its smooth original
shape. Now here is my best kept secret. My favorite product for restoring skins
is Pledge furniture polish. Trust me, it works like a charm. Shake up the can
and spray a very thin layer over the entire purse then rub it in with a soft
cloth, (never use a brush) , then buff, buff, buff....the more you buff, the
shinier it gets! If you do this once a month the skins on your bag will
stay in beautiful condition.
If the corners are rubbed and the glaze is worn, here
is a great tip. Take some clear nail polish and brush a tiny bit on the worn
corners, then using your finger wipe it off immediately. This will save you
from having to reglaze the entire bag.
If the skins are very dry on your bag, do not use oils or
shoe creams. This could cause the scales to dry and peel off. It is very
important to hydrate the skins gradually. So on very dry skins, I suggest that
you use a thin coat of solid Kiwi shoe polish, (in the color of the skins or
neutral). Using a soft cloth, (never use a brush), apply a thin coat, rub it
in, wait for it to dry, then buff. If the skins on the purse are in good
condition, I highly recommend Meltonian shoe cream. It is top of the line and
will leave your purse looking pristine. Just follow the same directions, apply
a thin coat with a soft cloth, rub it in, and after it dries, buff away!
Also be sure to keep the purse in a dust cover. Dust is
the main reason for dryness, and dryness is what causes cracking in the skins.
NEVER use Crazy Glue or Super Glue to try to
repair cracks or broken handles. Once you use either of these products on your
skins....consider your purse trashed!