Leather pencil cases are stylish and durable, protecting your stationery in any type of school, university, or office setting. As they typically contain various types of writing instruments and accessories, it’s not uncommon for ink and scuffs marks to form on the inside or outside of your leather pencil case.
If you are a student with graphite and pencil shavings inside your case, you should remove them immediately. These pencil shavings, pieces of rubber, and pen marks can damage the inner lining of your leather pencil case and wear them out faster.
Leather pencil cases can also easily get marks and smudges on the exterior surface, which may leave them looking old and neglected if you don’t clean them quickly. This guide aims to teach you how to clean leather pencil cases using a safe and effective method.
1. Clean the Inner Lining
The first step to cleaning your leather pencil case is to remove all contents from it. Turn the lining of the leather pencil case inside out and remove all pencil shavings, pieces of rubber, graphite pieces, and other debris.
Depending on the material of the inner lining, use a suitable cleaner to clear away the debris and marks from inside. If the lining is made of a synthetic polymer such as nylon or fabric, you can simply use a light detergent or any other gentle cleaning product.
If the inner lining is made of leather, you should use a leather-friendly cleaning solution. It’s important to use a product that is suitable for the material. Proceed to wipe away all pencil and pen marks, as well as stains from the lining using a soft cloth.
2. Wipe the Leather Exterior
After cleaning the lining of your leather pencil case, you should move on to cleaning the leather exterior. You can use a lint-free cloth to wipe off the dust from your leather exterior, which may have accumulated on your desk or in your bag where you store it.
It’s important to remove any form of dust or dirt before you start cleaning the exterior leather material.
3. Clean & Condition the Leather Exterior
Choose a leather cleaner that is suitable for the type of leather. For example, if your leather pencil case is made of genuine, top-grain, full-grain, or patent leather, you may select a general leather cleaning solution.
For soft leathers such as nubuck or suede, ensure that your cleaning products are designed to treat them. Once you have a suitable cleaning product, it’s time to start cleaning the exterior of your leather pencil case.
Apply the leather cleaner on the leather exterior using a lint-free, soft cloth with firm circular motions. Ensure to clean around the zip of the leather pencil case and make sure all stains and smudges are cleaned from the sides, top, and bottom of the case.
After cleaning the exterior, we also recommend conditioning your leather pencil case. Although it is an optional step, it can protect your leather case for the long term and keep it looking supple, clean, and smooth.
4. Let the Leather Pencil Case Dry Naturally
After conditioning your leather pencil case, it is essential that you allow it to dry naturally before use. We urge you not to put any pens or pencils inside your leather case before drying it thoroughly.
To dry your leather pencil case, put it in a dry, ventilated, and cool space, for example on a desk. Don’t let your leather pencil case dry in a drawer or cupboard. Make sure to also keep it away from direct sunlight since UV rays can fade leather and cause it to become brittle and crack over time.
After it’s completely dry, you can put your stationery items back into the leather pencil case for use. Make sure to regularly clean and maintain your leather pencil case to increase its lifespan.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, we’ll be addressing some of the most frequently asked questions about cleaning leather pencil cases. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to add them to our list.
Can I Wash My Leather Pencil Case In the Washing Machine?
Leather is a very sensitive material and should never be cleaned in a washing machine. Long exposure to water can have adverse effects on your leather and may cause it to shrink, discolor, and get damaged.
Therefore, we highly recommend that you follow the cleaning instructions that we have outlined above, to ensure that your leather pencil case remains in good condition for years to come.
What Can I Do About Scuff Marks That Can’t Be Removed?
If your leather pencil case is made of nubuck or suede, use an eraser to rub off any tough scuff marks. If your pencil case is made of other types of leather, apply a little more pressure with a lint-free cloth while using a dedicated leather cleaner.
How Often Do I Need to Wash My Leather Pencil Case?
As leather is a porous material, it can easily absorb moisture and discolor if it isn’t properly maintained. Therefore, we suggest that you clean your leather pencil case at least once every few months. If you’re using it more frequently, then every couple of weeks may be better.
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