Buying a handbag can be a big investment! Here are our top ten tips to help you keep your bag looking beautiful and make it last a lifetime.
1. Protect your handbag from day one
Whenever we buy something new, we always want to keep it in perfect condition and the best place to start is with prevention. We recommend using our Leather Protection Cream as soon as you take it home. Our Leather Protection Cream adds a protective barrier to leather that repels stains and protects the surface from wear and tear.
2. Clean your bag regularly
Whether it’s new or old, as well as protecting your bag, regular cleaning is a must. For a quick wipe-down, a damp cloth is enough, but typically bags will need a more thorough clean by a professional or using specialist cleaning product every 2-3 months to keep them in top condition.
Leather Cleaner and Leather Protection Cream
3. Only use specialist leather cleaners
Never use baby wipes, vinegar or any other 'home remedy' for cleaning. Many of these products have chemicals and substances in them that can cause drying or colour loss.
4. Keep your bag in a dust bag when not in use
If your handbag came with a dust bag, use it! This will prevent the build up of dust when it’s not in use and prevent any accidental scuffs. If you don’t have a dust bag, use a pillowcase or you can by a Handbag Clinic branded dust bag from our online shop.
Classic Chanel and dust bag
5. Keep your bag stuffed
When not in use, stuff your bag with bubble wrap or even some old clothing to help keep its shape.
Mulberry Bayswater stuffed with bubble wrap to keep its shape
6. Avoid holding the handles too much
Admittedly, this is a bit of an odd one but natural oils from the skin or oils from moisturisers can damage the leather and cause it to discolour!
Protecting your leather will help, but try holding your bag over your arm.
7. Avoid wearing a light coloured bag with new denim jeans
Dye transfer is one of the toughest stains to remove and something we deal with daily. One of the most common causes is wearing new demin jeans with a light coloured handbag.
Avoid dye transfer by (you guessed it!) protecting your bag and washing new jeans before wearing them.
8. Make sure the lid’s on!
Leaking pens, water bottles and even foundation not only ruin your day but can ruin your bag too! (You would not believe the amount of horror stories we have heard) When we’re in a rush, we’re all guilty of throwing everything in our bag and not checking if they’re sealed properly. Take time to put pen’s in a pencil case, your make-up in a bag and check your water bottle!
9. Be careful where you place your bag
At home, in the car, at work…Where do you keep your bag when it’s not in use? To prevent colour fading and damage to the leather, try to avoid heaters and direct sunlight.
Heat can cause the leather to dry, resulting in cracking. The best way to prevent drying is by cleaning and protecting your bag every 2 – 3 month. Our Leather Protection Cream not only protects your bag from stains but will condition the leather too.
10. Use a Handbag Hook
When dining out, a typical clutch tends to be the right size to place behind you in your chair at the small of your back. Alternatively, you could use a Handbag Clinic Handbag Hook - aimed to keep your bag safe from wet tables and grubby floors!
Handbag Clinic's Handbag Hook
Too little, too late?
If these top tips have reached you too late, fear not! We have a range of cleaning and repair processes within our 'Clinic' which could return your handbag to its former glory. Enquire online today or visit us in-store for expert advice and find out what we could do for you and your handbag.
Handbag Clinic technician
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