How To Clean A Leather Punching Bag

Leather punching bags are highly prized for their durability and the overall quality, but knowing how to clean a leather punching bags requires a bit more care than cheaper vinyl or other products.  By taking the extra time and care to maintain a leather punching bag you can get years of use out of it and prevent the added costs of repair or replacing the leather from damage and negligence.

To Clean a Leather Punching Bag:

  1. After each use, the bag should be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe or gentle cleanser.  Many gyms leave spray cleaner and towels around for this purpose, but if the bag is for home use you may like to keep a container of disinfectant wipes nearby to save time and keep it convenient.
  2. At least once a week the leather should be cleaned with a traditional leather cleanser.  This can be purchased from a leather clothing or specialty store, from some sports stores that sell leather punching bags, or from the internet.  You may also try leather car seat cleaner found in automotive stores or in the automotive section of a general department store.  Like the leather seats in a car, treating the leather punching bag with a leather cleaner once a week can help protect the natural material as well as keep it from drying and becoming brittle.  If this happens, you will notice cracks forming in the dry leather and it can be expensive to repair or replace.
  3. Leather conditioning, not unlike that applied to boots, can also be applied occasionally to the leather punching bag to help keep the leather in top condition and thus able to withstand all the beatings your training puts it through.
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