Keep your snakeskin bags pristine and beautiful with this handy guide. Snakeskin while beautiful, does require it’s own special care regime. Here is a step-by-step process that we recommend every once in a while, or when your bags have had a particularly messy outing!
STEP 1Clean your bags with a warm, clean, damp (but not dripping wet!), white cloth and very gently wipe against the grain of the snakeskin. You’re aiming to remove small clods of dirt and debris that might have gotten caught in the scales. The bags shouldn’t be wet, but they may be a little damp after this step. Leave them in a warm but not sunlit place to dry.
STEP 2Once the bags are dry, it is time to condition them. Like most leathers, snakeskin needs to be conditioned from time-to-time so that it doesn’t become dry and brittle. Go to your local store or cobbler and ask about a leather conditioner that is appropriate for snakeskin. Patch test the product on your bags first, by gently rubbing it onto the material in a discreet place on the bag. If it has no adverse effect on the material, go ahead and rub the conditioner onto the rest of the bag. Be careful to wipe in the same direction as the grain of the snakeskin.
In terms of storage, be sure to store your bags in a cool, dry place out of the direct sunlight.