We all have our favourite classic it-bags that never go out of style.
Good quality leather handbags are the end result of painstakingly detailed craftsmanship, so they deserve to be treated with the utmost care. The need to maintain your leather bags becomes even more pertinent in Singapore, as the humid conditions might cause these precious carryalls to wear out faster. But taking care of leather goods can be tricky, and stressful, especially when they are your one investment piece.
Unless it’s poorly maintained – a scruffed, stained bag is never fashionable. Here are some tips to keep your designer handbag looking like new for as long as possible.
There are different types of leather, which means different ways to care for each one, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Know the type of leather your bag’s made out of, so you’ll know how to specifically care for it!
Yes, we know it is more convenient to place your blushers and loose powders directly into the smaller compartments of your bags; but these products are prone to spillage and are bound to stain the linings of your bags.
Invest in a separate bag for your make-up — we’d suggest something simple, and affordable, like this Charlotte Tilbury cotton cosmetics case, or if you’re a fancy girl, opt for this Mulberry textured-leather pouch.
After every usage, store your leather bags in an upright position in their dustbag, and stow them away in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. This will protect it and keep it from fading.
If you’ve lost the dust bag, a soft, natural fibre pillowcase makes for a good alternative too. Never store them in plastic or vinyl – these trap moisture inside, making your bag prone to mildew damage and mould.
Stuff your bag loosely with tissues to help it hold its shape. If your bag has a chain handle, store the chain inside the bag to prevent it from scratching the leather on the exterior.
Leather bags need plenty of care and attention. We recommend cleaning your bag after every use with a clean, dry cloth. If there are any unwanted fine particles inside your bags, flip them inside out and use a lint roller to remove them.
Never, ever use household cleaners or just any chemical to clean leather. Invest in a high-quality leather cleaner. Or, use a leather conditioner regularly to restore flexibility to the leather fibers, keeping it supple and free of cracks.
Tip: Remember to test the cleaner on a tiny, inconspicuous area of your bag before fully using it, so you’re the cleaner won’t harm your bag’s leather. Don’t forget to clean the interior of your bag as well!
Water and leather do not mix since leather has a permeable nature, so refrain from getting your leather bags caught in the rain.
Dab off – DON’T wipe – the water on your handbag immediately. Leave it to dry naturally in ambient room air temperatures, away from any heat sources or sunlight.
In case you didn’t catch that, switch up your bags!
Rotate between a few different handbags to minimize wear and tear – you’ll prolong their lifespan for longer than you think.
If it’s a fresh ink or dirt stain, use a white eraser immediately to gently erase the spot.
If it’s a grease stain, apply talcum powder (regular baby powder) to the affected area liberally to soak up the grease. Ideally, let the powder sit overnight to do its work.
Do your research before applying just any product or method to remove stains from your leather bag. BUT leave the stubborn stains to the professionals – they know best, and they’ll treat and clean your bag for you so it’s as good as new.
Consider having metal feet installed at the base of your bag if it doesn’t already to protect the base from scratches and dirt, especially when you put it down.
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