There is no getting away from the fact that we splurge and pay large amounts of money for our handbags. Therefore, this precious commodity should be cared for at all costs.
The first rule is less is more. A good wipe with a damp soft white cloth is great maintenance.
Before cleaning any handbag, check care labels.
Use glass cleaner to shine your patent leather handbags but avoiding spraying directly onto your bag. There are also patent leather cleaners.
Use a small amount of shoe polish to remove scuffs on leather handbags.
To clean your leather handbags purchase a pristine leather soap brand. Add a couple of drops to warm water and with a soft clean white cloth wipe down the outside.
To protect your handbags from wear and tear don’t lay them on the floor. Line them upright on a shelf in your closet. If your handbag is made of soft cloth or soft leather, stuff with a soft material or tissue so they stand upright without creasing. Please, never stuff your bag with newspaper because the print may stain the inside of your bag.
Never use plastic or vinyl coverings to store your bags. These products trap moisture. Maybe you can leave your bags uncovered in order to see them on a shelf above your clothing so you can mix and match with your wardrobe.
Removal of stains can be tricky but there are ways. It is recommended that you would take a stained bag to a shoemaker or back to the store for purchase for repair.
FOOD STAINS: can be removed with crushed white chalk left on the stain overnight. Brush off in the morning with a clean cloth.
OIL STAINS: Use cornstarch! Rubbing this product on the stain will create heat from the friction and the oil will absorb. Immediately brush off all the powder.
INK STAINS: This is a problem most of us have on occasion. Keep a white eraser in your handy drawer. If your stain is fresh immediately erase the spot. Do not apply a lot of pressure because you do not want to diminish the color on your bag. If the ink is set, you will need a professional. Oh! By the way, a white eraser also works on dirt stains.
WATER STAINS: Blot the water stains immediately. Take the handbag to a professional if it stains. Shoe repair shops are the best source of help.
PROTECTING THE LINING OF YOUR BAGS is simple. Please use a makeup bag for your lipstick, nail file, mirror, a small perfume and a small- jeweled pen! Sometimes two small bags is necessary. The inside lining should be as important as the outside.
HOW TO KEEP METAL HARDWARE SHINY! Keeping studs, crystals, chains, and locks scratch-free can be tricky. Whilst gentle knocks and dings are all part of usual wear-and-tear, when not using your bag, mold tissue paper around the metalwork to prevent scrapes and unsightly scratches.