I’ve spent an unusual weekend cleaning some Mulberry handbags. Whilst I do get to clean and restore them from time to time I don’t normally end up with three different bags each having cost about £1000 each.
The reason I had the bags is that they had been kindly donated to the local charity For Rutland in Rutland, who are holding a charity clothes sale on the 27th and 28th February 2015 at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel near Oakham. The sale is well established having previously been run for the benefit of the McMillan cancer charity and has some fantastic designer clothes for sale.
So how come I’m restoring leather bags this weekend. Well, these form part of the clothes donated but these particular bags had some damage. I’d discussed my services with one of the sale organisers and agreed that I’d be more than happy to clean and restore some of the donated bags in order to increase the price they could ask for the bags.
The bags proved an interesting challenge with different types of leather, different staining and damage, all demanding an individual approach both to the cleaning solutions used and the methods of rectifying the damage.
Of the bags in the photos the green bag need a good clean and then an unknown stain on the side dealing with. As the leather is a micro pigment I used an aniline leather cleaner and then used a unique leather recolour product that removed all traces of the stain. The bag was then finished with a leather protector to keep the bag looking good for its new owner.
The brown bag required leather restoration and well as a thorough clean. It had noticeable scratches to the front and areas of wear around the handles. As this was a pigment leather, following a thorough clean , I mixed up a matching pigment, restored the damage and then finished the whole bag with a matching satin finish so that the restored areas were invisible and then finished with a protector.
If you want some great designer clothing at fantastic prices get yourself to the sale on the 27th and 28th.
If you have any leather in your house that could benefit from our leather cleaning and leather restoration then contact The Rutland Cleaning Company now