Cleaning: If you want to clean your monogram canvas, you can use a mild soap and wipe it off with a damp cloth. Do not rub hard on the surface of your bag even if it is to remove stain. You can slightly wet the area, to loosen up a particularly adamant stain, and then gently wipe it off. And keep in mind that even water can cause stains in leather, so avoid getting your leather parts on the bags wet. Don’t take your bags in the rain.
Maintenance: The natural leather parts on Louis Vuitton bags are not treated, therefore very sensitive to water, all kinds of stains and humid weather. Try to avoid it being exposed to harsh weather and tough stains all time. After a few years of use, it might be a good idea to ‘feed’ your bag with a leather conditioner at least annually. Be mindful that it can make the color of the leather darker by applying leather conditioner. Select a good brand and use carefully as per instructions in the bottle. Don’t use any harsh cleaners on your bag. Louis Vuitton leather is very sensitive and you need to handle it like you would handle a baby – with gentle care and affection.
Repairing: Remember that repairing your bag, even if it is as minor as changing the zippers can be expensive and time consuming. You can take your authentic bag to a Louis Vuitton boutique for repair. This will take anything from a week to several months depending on how complicated the repair required is as well as the other repair jobs that they are carrying out currently. The repair cost varies but to get an idea of the repair expenses, think in terms of paying close to a hundred dollars to repair the lining in a pocket. So, it is best to follow the motto of ‘prevention is better than cure’ and take good care of your bag from the beginning.