How to Take Care of Luxury Designer Handbags
Whether it’s your first or hundredth luxury designer handbag, we know you expect it to last for years to come. Of course, if you use your bag on a regular, day-to-day basis, it’s subject to its fair share of wear and tear. But, even if you only use it on special occasions or events, proper care and storage still need to be maintained to ensure it stays in tip-top condition for when you need it.
To help you get the most of your beloved bag, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips and expert advice on how to take care of a designer bag. From how to remove stains to storing them smartly, we’ve got you covered.
1. Research the Leather
A mistake that people often make after buying their designer bag is not taking the time to research the material it’s made from. Although luxury bags are typically made from leather, there are many different varieties, from lambskin and cowhide to suede and even faux leather. It’s important you learn which one your bag is made from so you can understand how to care for it and keep it pristine.
2. Regularly Maintain your Bag
Every once in a while giving your bag a clear-out and cleaning the exterior is required to keep it looking shiny and new. The regularity of how often you need to clean your bag depends entirely on how much you use it. If you use it every day, then once every two or three months should suffice. If it’s a bag only used on weekends or special occasions, cleaning it every six to nine months is ideal. Or, if you use your bag even less than that, then you can get away with only cleaning it once a year.
Some people prefer taking their bags to specialist cleaners every couple of months, but for others, that isn’t a realistic solution. Plus, it can be quick and simple to clean it yourself at home. First, you’ll want to empty your bag out and turn it upside down to gently shake it and remove any dust or crumbs etc. Then, wipe down the exterior with an alcohol-free baby wipe.
If you have a specialist leather cleaning solution, massage it into the bag and leave it to dry for a couple of minutes before applying a moisturising protection cream which can help protect the leather from cracks. Leave it to dry fully before wiping away any excess product. You should also apply the appropriate waterproof spray to protect your luxury bag from being outside.
3. Protect the Interior
If you use your bag every day, you’re bound to carry a few makeup products, coffee cups, water bottles, Tupperware or hand sanitiser. You may have even fallen victim to some dreaded spillages too. As lipstick and pen stains are almost impossible to remove from fabric, we strongly suggest you don’t let these items roll around loosely in your bag. Instead, store any and all liquid items in a pouch or a cosmetics bag to protect the interior.
4. Remove Stains Immediately
If you do accidentally stain the interior or exterior of your luxury bag, it’s important to take care of it immediately. Most stains are able to be removed using the appropriate leather cleaner and a clean cloth. If you’re trying to remove an ink stain then special ink removing products for leather are also available. Be sure to follow all the instructions carefully and then leave the bag to air dry fully before using it again.
Sometimes, stains are noticed right away or are particularly stubborn. We understand how devastating it must be to find an old stain on your bag that refuses to be removed. In this case, we’d recommend taking your bag to a professional as soon as possible.
5. Rotate your Bags
All designer bags deserve to be loved and cherished equally. We know how tempting it can be to use your brand new bag every single day. But, rotating them for others in your collection, either to match the season or an outfit or to simply showcase your designer bag collection to the world, will greatly aid in its longevity.
6. Store your Bags Smartly
While it’s much more convenient to toss your bag wherever it may fit when you’re not using it, taking the time to store it properly can help to maintain its newness. Typically, most designer bags come with a dust bag. Don’t throw this away. When your bag isn’t in use, store it inside the dustbag to help minimise discolouration. Bags should also be stored upright to prevent creases and never pile bags on top of one another.
To keep the shape of the bag, stuffing it with tissue paper or other soft, dry materials can help. If it has long straps or a chain handle, roll them up inside the bag so they don’t risk scratching the surface which will only help in increasing its lifespan.
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