Have you ever ruined one of your favorite handbags? Devastation! It doesn’t matter how much you paid for your handbag, the bottom line is you love it and want to keep it in mint condition! Below are some simple tips on how to take care of your handbags. The goal is to keep your handbag looking great and truly get your money’s worth out of it!
NEVER STORE YOUR HANDBAG WITHOUT A COVER OR INSIDE SUPPORT
Properly store your handbag in your closet using a purse insert for support and a dust bag cover. Tina Craig, of the influential blog Bag Snob instructs, “I always recommend keeping your luxury bags stuffed with acid free tissue and in its original boxes, if possible. If space is an issue, store your soft tees and sweaters in your bags to keep shape and save space.” Never use newspaper as a filling, since the ink can transfer on to the lining of the bag.
NEVER PUT YOUR HANDBAG ON THE FLOOR
There is a whole world of germs and nastiness on the floor,so always try to place your handbag on the back of your chair, on your lap or on a neighboring seat.Another option is to purchase a handbag table hook to help keep your bag off the floor. It’s an affordable option that’s just a tad larger than a half dollar so it’s easy to carry along wherever you go.
I like spraying with a rain and stain repellent to protect my handbags. (Not so much from rain, but from me accidentally spilling liquids on it, as I m so prone to do!) Also try to make it a habit to wipe down your purse once in a while with product so the stains don t become permanent, or to just give it that newly bought shine.
STORE YOUR BAGS ON A SHELF
I used to hang my handbags in my closet, but after a while I realized that it was causing wear and tear on the handles from the weight (especially if I didn t take my things out of my purse). If you have a shelf or a flat ledge, I recommend putting your purses there because that way you don t stretch the handles and it s protected from any roaming frenchies or accidental spills.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO MAKE REPAIRS TO YOUR HANDBAG
Find a good handbag specialist in your city for general upkeep. “With regular visits to a handbag ‘spa’, a piece’s lifespan and resale value can be ensured and extended. In particular, moisturising leather will protect against cracks and permanent damage,” explains Lucile Andreani, junior specialist, handbags and accessories at Christie’s.