Think a leather briefcase is only for your grandfather? Think again!
Remember the old adage of what’s old is new again? Well, the same idea can be attributed to leather briefcases. Not only can you obtain the same classic style of leather briefcases, you can also take advantage of the updated styles and materials with today’s products. Everything from the quality of the leather – full-grain or top-grain – to the right briefcase for your needs – hard-sided or soft-sided – there are just so many styles for you to choose from.
Of course, one of the reasons why so many of today’s young professionals are hesitant about purchasing a leather briefcase, or even using their grandpa’s bag, is the work that goes with caring for the item. Don’t worry, it can be done without too much time or resources.
Here are five tips for caring for your leather briefcase:
1. Condition the Briefcase Every Couple of Months
In the Canadian climate, it would be wise to condition your leather briefcase every couple of months – if you live outside of Canada in a much drier climate then every six months would suffice. It is important to utilize a quality conditioning product, something like a natural balm leather lotion without oils or chemicals.
So, grab a clean cloth, apply the lotion on the cloth and then rub it on the briefcase. That’s it.
2. Wipe the Inside of Your Briefcase
As we focus on the outside of your leather briefcase, we tend to forget about the inside.
This is simple enough: take out all of your things and then proceed to wipe every nook and cranny of the inside. What to use really depends on the material of your interior. For the most part, you can simply shake the briefcase to get rid of excess crumbs, get a Lysol wipe and rub it down. This gets rid of dirt and provides a nice smell.
3. Don’t Get it Wet – if You do Then Air-Dry
If you’re a commuter, chances are that your leather briefcase will get wet when it rains or snows. It is inevitable that this is going to happen. When it does, be sure to air-dry your briefcase after it happens – you can’t keep using it after it gets really wet.
The simple solution is to place it near a heater at the office or at home.
4. Not Working? Properly Store Your Briefcase
Are you unemployed? Are you on vacation? Are you not going to be needing your briefcase for a while? OK, great! But be sure to remember to properly store your leather briefcase.
Here is what you do: place your straps inside the bag (if you have any), put it inside of a bag and place it in the closet away from sunlight and humidity, dirt and dust.
This will ensure that your leather briefcase will last longer.
5. Elbow Grease Will Eradicate Small Dirt Marks
Lastly, if you’re fortunate enough to not have any significant dirt attached to your leather briefcase, then all you need to use is some water, a cloth and elbow grease to get rid of the minor dirt marks. Every bag needs to be cleaned once in a while, and yours is certainly no exception.
Every professional should have a leather briefcase. Indeed, we live in a more laid-back society, but what better way to stand out from the crowd than to have a leather briefcase, something that your peers do not have? Rather than having a backpack from high school, you can complement your attire, attitude and work ethic with a good old-fashioned leather briefcase.
Don’t worry. It can still store your iPhone, iPad and expensive headphones.