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    Default Louis Vuitton (LV) bag vachetta leather – most of the problems are the very dark dirty handle – thinking of cleaning them thoroughly.

    I am an auctioneer here in Japan.
    I mostly buy and sell pre-loved LV bags.
    That is why before I would resell it; I was thinking to clean it thoroughly.
    Good thing I found you.
    Here are some pictures of the bags I sold.
    Most of the problem is the very dark dirty handle and nothing else.
    So Please advise me which product is best just to clean the Vachetta handle.
    Thanks



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    >>> Most of the problem is the very dark dirty handle

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    1. Vachetta-2.8 Browning Treatment:
    These leather conditions will require Vachetta-2.8 to improve the water and other browning stains as well as lightening up the overall appearance from sunlight tanning.

    2. Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 Leather Rejuvenating System:
    Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 system is highly recommended to soften and strengthen the leather from cracking.

    3. Seal, Conceal to Improve Appearance:
    Leather Protector-D helps seal and conceal scuff and other surface abrasion to non-stick, rub-resistant draggy-feel.


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    1. Degreaser-2.2 > Acidifier-2.0 > Hydrator-3.3 Darkening Effect Treatment:
    Body oil, grease and sweat neglect leads to deteriorating appearance to the body contact areas. These severe penetrated contamination will require first to Degreaser-2.2 > Acidifier-2.0 > Hydrator-3.3 to remove the darkening effect prior to browning treatment, rejuvenating and surface improvement.

    2. Vachetta-2.8 Browning Treatment:
    These leather conditions will require Vachetta-2.8 to improve the water and other browning stains as well as lightening up the overall appearance from sunlight tanning.

    3. Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 Leather Rejuvenating System:
    Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 system is highly recommended to soften and strengthen the leather from cracking.

    4. Seal, Conceal to Improve Appearance:
    Leather Protector-D helps seal and conceal scuff and other surface abrasion to non-stick, rub-resistant draggy-feel.


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    The darkening handle condition will require the same treatment as Picture #2


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    This condition require treatment same as picture #1. The edged of the straps show leather dryness with overstretching and Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 will improve the appearance significantly.


    >>> So Please advise me which product is best just to clean the Vachetta handle.

    Cleaning and conditioning of the vachetta handles is explain above, however there are also occasion stains like color rub-off from new blue jeans or newsprint that rubs, chewing gum, ballpoint ink, lipstick, nailpolish on will require Prep-4.4 > Clean-3.8 > Rinse-3.0 system. The simulated leather is clean and conditioned with Prep-4.4 > Clean-3.8 > Rinse-3.0 system in conjunction with Protector-B+ and all these products is found in this Kit V7. Vachetta leather alone care is found in Kit V4.

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    Leather Doctor® Kit V4 – Vachetta Leather Body Oil, Grease and Sweat / Browning Removal Kit
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    Leather Doctor Kit V7 – LV Vachetta Leather Care Kit
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    Leather Doctor® Kit V7 design for the care of Louis Vuitton (LV) bags is a combination problem solving kit that is an upgrade from Kit V6 with an addition of Protector-B+ for the simulated leather to impart a non-stick rub-resistant buttery-feel with a classic leather scent. Common stains encounter in the course of vachetta leathers lifetime includes the darkening effect from neglected body oil, grease and sweat contact, the occasion ink and dye transfer, and the browning from liquid and sun tanning seasoning effect just like our skin. The protein leather fiber is an ionic positive (+ve) “amphoteric” material thus pH sensitive to influence by alkaline solution shifting ionic negative (-ve), even water with a pH of 7 often discolors or browns it. Its other non-amphoteric leather constituents like the tanning agent and the fatliquor remains ionic negative (-ve), hence just like a magnet – “like poles repel”, breaking of the hydrogen bond between them, the leather denatures and in extreme cases revert to rawhide. This adverse contamination is rectify by Degreaser-2.2 > Acidifier-2.0 system, both to simultaneously degrease and protonate the protein fiber ionic positive (+ve) to its pH chemistry integrity. Ballpoint, printing ink, dye transfer, gum, sticky substance and accumulated soiling will require the penetrating, lubricating and suspending power of Prep-4.4 follows with Clean-3.8 to remove the sticky residue and Rinse-3.0 to a healthy squeaky feel. Browning from liquid stain or sun tanning is eliminated or reduced by chemical reaction from Vachetta-2.8 when dry. The above describe the three common class of stain removal. Leather rejuvenating mandatory sequence follows to soften and strength the leather from stiffness that may leads to cracking when flexed. Among leather finishes type, vachetta leathers is the most fatliquor (emulsified fat, oil and water) thirsty and will require more fatliquor to soften it then chrome-tanned leathers. In order to lubricate each fibril within the leather structure behaving like millions of interconnecting hinges the fat and oil has to be hydrogen bonded to the fibrils. This is accomplished by preconditioning the leather structure with Hydrator-3.3 effectively prior to faliquor replenishing it with Fatliquor-5.0 in between drying cycle until fully saturated. Natural slow drying in between application produces softer leather. Protecting the leather with Protector-D reduces wear to the grain of the leather, conceal scuff with its healing properties that also allows transpiration to take place or breaths naturally. Note that the mentioned products suffix numbers denotes its pH value in this holistic approach to removing the common problems associated with vachetta leathers.
    This kit comes with reduced weight option to save on shipping thus the 250ml concentrate ratio such as Acidifier-2.0, Clean-3.8, Rinse-3.0, Hydrator-3.3 and Fatliquor-5.0 has to be cut or filled up with distilled water prior to use.


    All other problem is found in the Vachetta (V) Leather Problem Solving Guide as reference.

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    Roger Koh
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    This bag looks very similar to my Coach handbag that I have abandoned because of the same problem you had. I tried several methods but none of them worked, and that made it worse.

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    If you could show some pictures, we can discuss how best to restore them back to use.

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