Posted on: 8 July 2015
Expensive, luxury apparels are no doubt made from high quality materials that last a lifetime – especially when it comes to handbags. If you've snagged a couple of Christian Louboutin clutches or Chanel handbags off of the runways this year, you may not have enough room for them in your closet. Instead of having to decide which classics to donate or dump, rent climate-controlled self storage units to preserve your handbag collection. Here are 3 tips and tricks on how to keep handbags in pristine condition.
Retain the Shape and Design of the Bag
All of the leather classics take on unique shapes that add a different dimension to your outfits. Unfortunately, leather is quite versatile and will bend and fold easily. To prevent your handbags from losing its original shape and from forming or creasing, take the time to empty your handbags completely and to stuff them with tissue paper.
Use white or neutral-colored tissue paper to prevent any color transfer that may happen during the storage period. Depending on how large your bag is, you may need a lot of tissue paper. Roll up the tissue paper and gently stuff them into the handbags until the handbags look like they are full. Inspect the bag to see if there are any creases or unnatural folds present. Once your bag can stand by itself and still retain its original shape, you can move onto the next step.
Wipe The Outside of the Bag Carefully with a Wet Cloth
Once you're done stuffing your leather handbag, wipe the outer surface with a wet cloth. Don't use any chemical cleaners, as they may end up damaging the leather. The goal is to remove any dirt or dust that has accumulated on the surface of the leather. Although this seems like a small step, it's very important. If you do not remove the dirt and dust on the surface of the leather before putting your handbag in storage, you run the risk of color transfers.
The dirt and dust can easily get absorbed into the leather – especially if the handbag is made from natural leather, vegetable tanned leather, suede or rawhide. If you keep your handbags in storage for long periods of time, the color transfer may become permanent.
If there are any stains, now is the time to remove it. You can dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains. Some experts also recommend concocting a paste of one part cream of tartar to one part lemon juice to remove dark stains like from food or blood. Just rub the paste into the stain and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes before wiping the paste off with a damp rag.
Protect the Handbag with a Protective Cloth Bag
Last but not least, you want to store your handbags in a protective cloth bag. Keep in mind that leather breathes. A protective cloth bag will not only prevent dirt and dust from settling on the surface, but will also prevent excess moisture accumulation by allowing air to circulate.
If you don't use a protective cloth bag and go for a plastic protective bag instead, excess moisture will eventually get trapped inside. The excess moisture will get absorbed into the leather and will permanently alter its appearance. In addition, excess moisture also leads to problems related to mold, unwanted odors and discoloration.
Treat each one of your luxury handbags like a baby, and make sure you take the time to properly store them. If done properly, these handbags can last a lifetime, and you'll be able to preserve a snapshot of a moment in the history of fashion.Share