Often times, we are more willing to splurge on a beautiful designer handbags than on any other wardrobe component. We justify our purchase by saying, “Well, this’ll last me for years.” This occurs especially when we wish to make that new bag our bag of the week. Well, all these bring us to why and how we should preserve and properly care for these investment items. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your precious satchels are kept in mint condition for years to come.
Here are the five tricks to ensure your bag lasts for years;
1. Practice Routine Maintenance:
Avoid handling your bag if your hands are dirty or have lotion or cream on them. Keep your bag out of direct sunlight. Rotate which handbag you carry regularly so that they don’t wear out too quickly. Use a suede brush to clean and revive suede. Regular use of a leather moisturizer will keep the leather supple and free of cracks. Wipe your bag down on a weekly basis with a soft cloth.
2. Protect the Material:
Scotchgard Fabric will do the trick for fabric panels if you want to shield your new bag from spills and dirt before they happen. Apply product with a clean white cotton cloth, followed by a dry cotton cloth to buff. Use products regularly on heavily used bags. With any products, test a small patch on the bag to make sure it doesn’t cause discoloration.
If your bags get tossed onto a haphazard heap at the bottom of your closet, they’ll last longer if stored the right way, ideally in an upright position in their dust bags or a cotton pillowcase. Thus, never store them in plastic or vinyl, which traps moisture inside. Stuff your bags with scarves, sweaters, or acid-free tissue paper, or use a handbag insert made for this purpose. Cross the handles over each other to avoid wear on the bag and unclip any removable straps for long-term storage.
Try to use pouches to store cosmetics and liquids, which will protect the handbag lining from spills and keep you organised to boot. Avoid click pens at all cost, opting for pens with caps instead. Better yet, put those in your pouch too, in case of dreaded ink leaks.
Also do your best to keep away jewellery and zippers that could scratch your bag’s metal hardware. A go-to household item like a magic eraser would do a great job of cleaning up tarnished and grimy hardware.
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