bag care


How to care for asum bags

bag care

āsum's drapey bags are designed to age beautifully with natural materials that have an imperfect worn look. The fabrics have a washed finish and the leather has a vintage appeal where scratches and marks are simply its character. 

Imperfection is beautiful.

leather

āsum bags are created with rich full-grain "crazy horse" leather. This rugged vintage-styled leather is easy in care and does not generally need any conditioning. All suppliers I spoke with did not recommend conditioning. If you do want to do a little conditioning to prevent any possible drying, you may try mink oil or coconut oil. Bickmore has an apache creme it recommends for crazy horse leather. Fiebing’s 4-Way leather care may work as well. Please note all these may darken the leather. Please test on a small less-visible area carefully (use at your discretion). Use sparingly--once a year is most likely sufficient.

The multi-toned uneven imperfect look in the crazy horse leather makes it a very low maintenance leather. For cleaning, dust off any dirt with a soft brush and wipe with a damp cloth. If deep cleaning is truly necessary, you may try Fiebing’s 4-Way leather care at your discretion.

linen & cotton canvas materials

draping

If the draping feels a little flat, especially arriving out of the package, you can lift it up a bit and pull areas down and around, let it breathe. As it gets hung and worn, the draping will loosen up.  If necessary, you can put a little steam near (but not so close) to the fabric areas--careful to protect the leather. (Just cover up the leather, put a little steam (not too hot--as low heat as possible) at least 5 inches away from the fabric. You just want to loosen the drape a little. Again, it will loosen from hanging.)

water-resistant

The linen and cotton canvas materials have been treated with a water-resistant protectant to help guard against grimmy dirt and spills. The strength of the water repellency can reduce with wear and abrasion over time so avoid scrubbing against the material. You can restore this (on the fabric areas only) using existing water-resistant sprays at your own discretion (examples: 303 Fabric Guard, Liquidoff (eco-friendly alternative)). Be very careful to protect leather parts and hardware, the sprays can damage the leather quickly.  Cover all leather areas and hardware with plastic and tape down so that no liquid can reach them (you can de-strengthen tape by sticking it on clothing first--so that it is strong enough to cover the leather but will not leave sticky residue later upon removal). Take lining from the inside to out and cover this as well.  Spray the protectant on a clean white cloth and test it on a small less-visible area first and let it dry, making sure it does not cause the color to run.  Test the spray nozzle to ensure spray is fairly even (sometimes spray bottles need a few squeezes before they work properly). Check manufacturer's instructions carefully and use with caution.

cleaning

For light cleaning, tap against the fabrics to lift off any dirt and dust off lightly with a soft brush. If further overall cleaning is necessary, use a damp cloth and gently wipe areas.  As mentioned earlier, the water repellency can reduce with wear and abrasion, so avoid unnecessary scrubbing and soaking. The water-resistant protectant will help guard the material from absorbing spills and stains. 

Tips and steps for cleaning stains:

  • try to clean stains as early as possible, this can make a huge difference for harsh stains
  • take lining inside out before cleaning
  • spot clean only to avoid wearing off other areas of water resistance
  • use cold water
  • when cleaning, dab lightly towards center of the spot, careful to not rub the stain in or spread it
  • for the cotton canvas, do not brush or scrub against it harshly. The cotton canvas has a washed finish in its look that is achieved by creating lighter areas or remarks. So if you rubbed hard against the material, you are essentially doing the same--like the way denim fades. Scrubbing harshly can create a faded spot. Also, a lot of times scrubbing harshly does not clean fabric areas better. You want to gently lift off dirt with water or soapy water, not push and rub it in. Think of washing your skin, stay gentle. I do not recommend using a toothbrush for the cotton canvas as this will tend to over scrub.
  • use a paper towel to lightly pick up any surface stains, avoid rubbing it in. For grease stains, use a paper towel or tissue to absorb and pick up as much of the grease as possible, avoid rubbing the grease further in. Pick up towards center of stain to avoid spreading it.
  • use a mild dish detergent like Dawn's liquid soap. Have two cups of cold water and two clean cloths ready--one set for clean water, and the other for dropping off dirty soapy water. Also, keep some paper towels handy. Do not use too much soap or you might have a difficult time getting the soap out or leaving soap residue. 
  • start by mixing a little soap with cold water and use the cloth to dab it over the stain. Again, dab it towards the center of the stain to try to pick up and not spread the dirt.
  • for linen (not recommended for cotton canvas, see above), you can use a clean toothbrush to gently loosen the stain--lift the stain with the bristles by brushing particles up. Do not brush harshly such that you may be rubbing and pushing in the stain.
  • for grease stains, give enough time to let the soapy water mixture loosen the oily particles.
  • use a little paper towel to help absorb visible dirty soapy water
  • use the other clean cloth, dip it in the clean water and start dabbing to remove soap. Make sure to remove all the soap and not leave soap residue.
  • let the area air dry. Do not use heat like a dry blower, heat can set in stains.
  • if there is still stain left, repeat the process.
  • another delicate stain remover to try is Woolite (although Dawn is usually sufficient).
  • for other stain removers and cleaners, use with caution. (I have tested quite a bit and honestly, other removers do not necessarily do better than careful gentle spot lifting with soapy Dawn water.) Test on a small less-visible area and let it dry before trying it over the stain. Check for discoloration in the test area. Generally, for cleaning products, stay as natural as possible to avoid harming the materials.
  • seek professional help if necessary.