You Have Your New Handbag – How to keep it in top condition
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Let’s skip ahead a few months. You have settled into a sold routine with your new bag, have gotten plenty of compliments about it and are certainly enjoying both. Then – a disaster.
The disaster could be minor or could be major. A spill, stain, scuff, scratch, mark or similar has manifested itself in the bag or on the bag. Your beautiful replica is tainted forever!
No; it is not. Even the most cautious and careful bag owners will have accidents on occasion – you are no different than they are. Fortunately, there are ways to take care of this. Read on to learn how.
Your replica handbag is made with the same attention to detail and quality materials of the top fashion houses and as such deserves the best possible treatment. We want your bag to be something that will last for several years and still turn heads. There are several elements of care we need to look at, starting with storing your bag.
As a lady of taste and refinement, you will not use the same bag for all seasons and reasons. You will store your bags when you are not using them. Since you now have a finer bag from HermesSale, ChanelFinds, PurseWorthy or Bagbella, you will want to store it on occasion. By storing, you know this means putting the bag in a cool, dark place free from moisture and dust.
The first thing you need to do is completely empty the bag of everything, including those ancient receipts that you have held onto for so long. Let the bag air out completely where air can completely go around it. The middle of your bed is an ideal place. Stand the bag up; open it and give it a few good hours.
After you have aired your bag, find the dust cover the site included with your purchase. If you were wise and saved that paper in the storage bag, you are one step ahead. Put the paper back into the bag to form its normal shape. Place the bag in its dust cover. Find a good, clean and minimally dusty location and leave your bag until you are ready to use it again. If you threw away the dust cover or the acid-free paper, you can get a dust cover at a local store or put the bag in a box. The box must be able to breathe. If not, the leather will dry and crack. Leave the lid slightly open, or put a few holes in the corners of the lid.
Leather conditioners, which are a good idea if you are planning on long term storage, will be covered later on in the blog.
The medical saying is true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This means taking steps to keep bad things from happening at the beginning means a better, longer lasting product. This is why physicians push for diet and exercise. Make sense?
You need to be attune with your bag and realize when it needs TLC. You need to be sure you know where you bag is at all times and if it is in a place where the bag can be compromised. Here is a good rule: Look three times; think twice; place once. This will ensure your bag stays in the best possible condition for the longest time. The same thing goes with items on the inside. Check the cap three times; look twice; place once. Yes; stuff in the bottom is going to get jostled around, but if caps are tight, you minimize opportunity for bad things to happen.
It should go without saying, but it will be said regardless: Sharp and pointy objects do NOT belong in the bag. Put them in something else first.
The leather used in your bag is from a local source, but this is a high quality leather. It is obvious when you touch and feel it. There is a strong chance that the leather used on your bag is not water-resistant. This means keeping your bag out of the rain if possible. Even water-resistant leathers can suffer rain damage. Clean hands are a must. Do not let cosmetics or wet fingers touch the bag. Pay attention who touches your bag as well. Believe me – you will have plenty of admirers wanting to touch your bag!
This may sound strange, but your denim jeans can cause marks and scuffs. The constant motion of walking and rubbing where the denim and bag meet are going to bring sadness to you later. If you are in jeans while you have your bag, be conscious of what is happening. This may sound a bit paranoid, but you want this bag to last. Take care of it.
You wash clothes to keep them lasting. Your handbag deserves similar treatment. Careful cleaning of your bag not only helps maintain its lustre, but it also give you a chance to look for small scuffs, dings and stains that could lie latent. Checking your bag over every few days and before storing is good practice. Clean your bag on a regular schedule, and set aside TIME to do it. Do not clean too often; you will weaken the leather. Once a month is ideal.
Baby wipes. Plain, everything free, baby wipes. Find them almost anywhere that you find diapers. Invest in a box that will last you for an eternity. Use them to lightly and gently – like you would cleaning a baby bottom – to clean your bag. Do this ONLY on the outside. Do not put any moisture on the inside. The same can go for a simple wet cloth as it produces water marks and scuffs.
For the inside, get a small handheld cordless vacuum. Get the finer parts with a feather duster. Flipping your bag upside down and shaking it is not a good idea as this can dislodge the interior of the bag.
Don’t forget the hardware. Clean this with a soft brush (soft toothbrush is ideal) and dry with a clean cloth. Those cloths you get for cleaning glasses? Perfect.
These are going to happen. It is a fact of life. Spills and stains are just like at home. Time is of the essense. The sooner you can get to the stain or spill, the better. Baby wipes to the rescue again in this situation. Rub gently. Look to see if the spot is going away. If it is, continue until the stain is gone.
Some people swear by hairspray and a cotton ball. Spray a bit of hairspray on the ball of cotton. Check the effect in a small location – inside of the flap is ideal – and rub the stain or spill. If you cannot get the stain up and out, contact a professional cleaner. Most dry cleaning services should be able to help you. Remember: Google is your friend when seeking services.
Along those lines, water is your bane. There is not an easy way to deal with water. Quick as you see the water spill, clean with a dry cloth. Let the leather dry naturally and not near an artificial heat source. Again if you cannot get the damage out, seek a professional.
Smells are never fun. Baking soda is your key to bad odors. Chances are you have plenty of soda on hand for this very situation. A large container with the open sides is ideal. Place the soda in the bag, and leave it. Do not worry about anything else for a few hours.
Finally, we did not go into any detail about leather conditioners because there are so many different varieties. Many people have one they swear by is the best. Do your own research. Look up conditioners in forums and at leather specialty shops. Shoe stores, particularly boot stores, can help you with this. Many boot stores have boots in exotic leathers and will have staff that can help you find the perfect leather conditioner.
If you think we are going overboard with this guide, we are not. It is just the team of HermesSale, BagBella, ChanelFinds and PurseWorthy want your bag to look as good in five years as it does in five minutes. Contact us when you are ready to order again!