Caring for your Storksak
We are always being asked the best way to clean your Storksak, and rightly so – when you invest in a luxury handbag it is important you treat it with the love and attention that it deserves. That’s why we have put our heads together and worked closely with our design team, testing various cleaning products to bring you the best cleaning instructions when caring for your Storksak.
We understand mums have enough cleaning to do as it and that’s why we’ve split our care instructions up into three digestible steps for you to do at your leisure.
Please note we would never recommend putting your bag in the washing machine or using any complex products – the more natural the better!
Stage 1 – Clean (For Leather and Nylon Products)
Before you begin protecting your Storksak it is important your bag is clean. You can do this using a damp cloth (not overly wet as this can cause water stains) to remove any surface dirt. Remember to keep rinsing your cloth to prevent the dirt spreading.
If you wish to use soapy water please remember to use a mild soap and test an inconspicuous area of the bag beforehand. Remember to clean gently and remove any excess moisture with a dry clean cloth. Leave your Storksak to dry fully in a well-ventilated area. Never use artificial heat to dry your bag as this can cause permanent damage and always let any water spillages dry naturally.
Stage 2 – Condition (For Leather Only)
Conditioning your Storksak is like moisturising your leather; this can help prolong the life of the leather and keep it soft and supple. To prevent this, apply a small dollop of conditioner and rub gently in a circular motion with a soft, clean cloth.
We have used Collonil leather cream (neutral) and leather gel, but you can also use Mink or Neatsfoot oil to stimulate the natural oils in the leather. Leave this on for 10 minutes before wiping off any excess with a soft clean cloth and air-dry in a well-ventilated room. We would recommend doing this on a monthly basis to keep your leather looking its shiny best.
Stage 3 – Care (For Leather Only)
As leather is a permeable material, it can never be entirely waterproof. Nonetheless, the following products have been created specifically for waterproofing soft leather, acting as a barrier against water. Collonil waterstop spray has been created for leather and suede products. Spray evenly several times over the bag and let dry, afterwards polish and smooth if necessary. Beeswax products also protect against water damage but may alter the hue of your leather so please test first.
Damage to your Storksak can also be caused by sunlight. It is therefore important that when not in use, your bag is stored away from sunlight and if possible in a box or dust bag. Filling your bag with stuffing will also maintain the shape, although please do not use newspaper as this could smear and mark your interior, we would recommend using acid-free tissue paper to do this.
Some final tips would be to air your bag every few weeks and try not to let your bag rub against dark coloured clothing such as denim that can transfer colour to your bag and cause staining. Leather being a natural material, it is expected to have minor variations in colour and texture which may be visible on the surface, which add to its charm and individuality. Finally, enjoy it – Storksak bags, like mothers are designed to withstand everyday pressures, by showing it some love it will love you back and will support you through those early stages of motherhood.