Bags are and will forever remain one of the most purchased accessories ever. A lot of us are always willing to splurge on a beautiful handbag even when we do't have any plans for bag purchases, we would always say “Well, this will last for a long time”. However, do we actually take proper care of our bags to make them last as long as we have predicted? We have come up with a few tips and tricks to ensure that your handbag stays as new as the day you bought it!
Continue reading to see our handbag care tips.
1. Proper Storage
Do not toss your bags onto a heap at the bottom of your closet. The best way to store your handbags is actually in the protective dust bags that they came with, if you do not own a dust bag then a cotton pillowcase would suffice. Never store your handbags in plastic or vinyl as they usually trap moisture inside. Also make sure to keep your bags stuffed with soft fabrics (scarves, sweaters ) or acid-free tissue paper to allow the bag retain its shape.
2. Protect The Material
It is important to remove stains immediately. However, some stains may be harder to clean than others. Here are a few stain removing tricks.
Food stains: Crush white chalk and let it sit on the stain overnight. Brush off with a clean cloth in the morning.
Oil stains: Put cornstarch on the stain immediately, rubbing it in to create heat from friction, which will help the oil absorb. Brush the powder off with a clean cloth after you’ve rubbed it in—don’t let it sit on the stain.
Ink stains: If the stain is fresh, use a white eraser to immediately erase the spot, without applying too much pressure so that the color doesn’t come off. If the ink is already set.
Water stains: Blot water stains, let them dry naturally.
3. Protect The Lining
Use small makeup bags to store makeup and pouches for liquids, which will help protect the handbag lining from spills as well as keep you organized. To avoid ink stains also put all your writing materials in a pouch or case.
4. General Maintenance Practices
Here are a few best practices when it comes to daily handbag maintenance:
1. Avoid handling your handbag if your hands are dirty or if you have lotion or cream on them.
2. Keep your bag out of direct sunlight.
3. Rotate which handbag you carry regularly so that they don’t wear out too quickly.
4. For suede bags, use a suede brush to clean and revive suede.
5. To maintain the texture of the leather and to prevent cracks, use a leather moisturizer regularly.
6. Always wipe your handbags down on a weekly basis after use with a soft cloth.
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