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Tips on Taking Care of Your Leather Bag

As you all know, leather bags, especially designer leather handbags, are known for the one REAL investment that each and every one of us are willing to make when it comes to the wardrobe department. It’s rather a “need” not a “want” anymore, and that’s great. But once you’ve invested a lot of money in a designer leather handbag, you’d want it to last forever, right?
Hmm… Taking care of leather goods can be tricky sometimes, especially if it’s an item that you mostly care about…
So how do you take care of a leather handbag without ruining it?

THE QUICK WIPE-DOWN

You should definitely wipe your handbag once a week with warm, soapy water. Mix a small amount of mild liquid soap to warm water and use a soft damp cloth to wipe away any dirt from the outside of your bag.
To avoid ruining the leather, always wipe away any dirt with the grain of the handbag. When cleaning REAL leather bags, DO NOT use baby wipes, as they tend to dry out the leather and create marks that are unavoidable by the eye. Non-alcoholic baby wipes are ONLY applicable to Canvas bags, not leather!

INK MARKS

The key to removing ink marks on your leather bag is to treat them straight away. The best advice given right now is to take the bag to see a professional as soon as possible. If you’re unable to, you could always try special ink removing products for leather and follow its care instructions, making sure to condition the area right after and leave to dry properly.
If the ink stains happened  to be old, DO NOT try to remove these by yourself! As they will likely be too stubborn and will need professional care.

STUFF ‘EM

Always be sure to keep your bag stuffed while you’re not using it to keep the bag’s shape.

WHAT ABOUT GREASE STAINS?

Grease stains should be easily wiped off without any other media than a soft cloth whatsoever. NEVER use water on grease stains as it will destroy instead of saving your bag.

SPOT-TEST A CLEANING METHOD

Before trying on any cleaning methods on your bag, be sure to try them out first before applying them onto the bag. Preferably somewhere on the interior of the bag it can’t be seen by prying eyes.

NO HANDCREAMS

Avoid, avoid, avoid! Holding your handbag if you’ve just applied hand cream…. It’s either that or more grease stains on your bag!
DUST BAGS ARE CRUCIAL

If you buy a bag that came with its own dust bag, use it. These aren’t just for pretty packaging, they are significantly intended to keep your bags dust-free when they’re not being used. If your bag happen to lost or doesn’t have its own dust bag, don’t fret, an old pillowcase should do the trick.

KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THE SUN!

Talk about vampires. Make sure to keep your bags away from direct sunlight as it will cause the colour to fade,  and potentially damage the leather.

GETTING RID OF THAT SMELL

To get rid of the ever lingering smells in your bags, especially vintage bags, you could easily do it by placing an open container of baking powder carefully inside the bag, then place the bag into a dust bag or pillowcase and leave them be for 24 hours. The baking powder should absorb any unwanted odours.

CARE DURING STORAGE

If the bag you carry has adjustable straps, especially the kind of straps that contains metal, be sure to store them all in and keep them inside the bag before storing. You wouldn’t want your precious Chanel to be marred by strap and buckle indentations.

DON’T FORGET TO AIR THEM OUT

Yes, keeping your bags in storage is safe, and clean, and obviously crucial, but it’s also important for you to air them at least once every two weeks. You could do this by simply taking the bags out of their dust bags and place them on top of it, leave them for an hour or two, then put them back in. BUT KEEP THEM AWAY FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT!!!

We hope these tips could help you in taking care of your designer handbags, do shop with us soon! :)
 
Editor : AJ
 

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