Style & Beauty
The Care and Handling of Designer Handbags
6/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Designer Bag

Much like the Dollar Store sunglasses in the bottom of your purse, you many not think twice about tossing your twenty-dollar Target handbag in the backseat of the car after grocery pick-up or dropping the kids off at practice. However, if you’ve invested in a designer handbag, you want something you’ve spent such a pretty penny on to last for a few years. This is often how we justify the purchase of something so special, but many people don’t know the basics of handbag care that will prolong the life of your newest beloved companion.


Keep it clean. Once a week, wipe the exterior of your bag with a fragrance-free baby wipe. It’s gentle enough not to damage your bag while getting off whatever has accumulated on the surface of your bag during the daily grind. It’s also good practice to empty your bag and shake out the dust on the inside occasionally to keep the inside as nice as the outside. Consider keeping liquids, make-up, and pens in little baggies to keep from staining the interior.

Use leather conditioner. Use leather conditioner or balm on a leather bag to prevent the leather from cracking. Apply it with a clean, white cloth. Follow up this step by drying and buffing it with a dry, cotton cloth. You can usually find this at a leather shoe repair shop.

Protect your suede. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Scotchgard makes special sprays for fabrics, suede, and nubuck that will help protect your bag. Always test the spray on a small portion of the bag to make sure there is no discoloration before you spray it completely.

Treat stains with household products.  For oil stains, break out the baby powder and sprinkle it over the discolored spot and let it sit overnight. You may need to repeat this process. To remove dirt from suede, all you need is a pencil eraser! Lightly erase the scuff or stain with a good eraser. To remove ink stains, use rubbing alcohol—just test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to see how the fabric reacts.

Store your bag properly. Store your bag sitting it upright in its dust bag or in a cotton pillowcase. Do not place them in a plastic or non-breathable bag because moisture will build up and possibly mildew your bag. Don’t pile bags on top of one another, and stuff them with acid-free paper or fabric to help them maintain their shape. Always store your bags out of direct sunlight so that they don’t become discolored. 

Get Help. When you face the dreaded moment of a zipper or piece of hardware breaking, a stain you don’t feel comfortable dealing with, or even a small tear, get professional help. Send your purse to Purse Rehab in Malibu, California, or contact the company you purchased your bag from to ask for suggestions of where to have maintenance done to help extend the life of your designer handbag. 

Posted by: Lauren Atterbery Cesar | Submit comment | Tell a friend


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