05/08/2012 04:11 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Tips to Keep Your Leather Looking Luscious

They are probably some of the most expensive pieces in your wardrobe. Leather goods are investment pieces that you wear over and over again. And if you're like me, you want them to last.

I asked Melissa Bishop, director of customer service & field training for Danier, for tips and advice on how to keep leather looking good and lasting longer.

What should you clean leather with?

To protect your leather bags and jackets use a protector spray to repel dirt, stains and water damage. Treat your garments every 2-3 months to keep them protected.

To clean leather, use a renewal lotion or leather wipes for quick spot cleaning.

Tip: Use a soft damp cloth if you don't have renewal lotion.

How often should you clean leather items?

Upon purchasing a new garment or accessory always spray the garment with a leather defense spray and re-apply every 2-3 months.

What should you never use on leather?

Never use a shoe spray on leather garments or bags, the high silicone content will cause a film on your garment or handbag.

How to maintain leather bags and jackets

Tip #1: Proper Storage

It is important to always store any leather or suede in a breathable garment bag made of a natural fabric, such as cotton or linen, because the items are 'skins' that need to breath. Never use a plastic bag.

Tip #2: Regular Cleaning

Cleaning and care products are specifically created to prolong the life and beauty of your leather garments. Don't wait until the garments are heavily soiled to clean them.

Some of the most common damage to leather is caused by applying stickers or adhesive materials, pen marks and oil stains. But with proper maintenance, your leather garments and accessories will age well and last for years