It’s an understatement to call handbags a must have for ladies, because as a lady, you don’t need to be told before you consider handbag as a necessity.
But when it comes to the quality some ladies prefer expensive designer bags while others go for less expensive and simple bags.

Toke Makinwa slaying with her handbag [Source: Instagram]

Regardless of the category being bought, some ladies believe they have to justify their purchase by ensuring that their bags last them well enough. Which is very right!

This is the reason for our article today. If you’re one of those that wants their bags to be durable, we are about to take you through few steps to ensure that your precious fashion piece are kept in good condition for as long as you want.

 

Now lets start with the protective tips:

1. Keep your handbags properly

Many aren’t keen about where they place their handbags once at home.  If you’re the type that just have all your bags stored in a corner within your wardrobe, then you have to change it.
Your handbags will last longer if stored the right way, ideally you should keep them in an upright position in the dust bag that came with each or a cotton pillowcase.

It is also a wrong move to store them in plastic or vinyl, which traps moisture inside. Stuff your bags with scarves, sweaters, or acid-free tissue paper, or use a handbag insert made for this purpose.

One last point, ensure you cross the handles of your bags  over each other to avoid wear on the bag and unclip any removable straps for long-term storage.

2. Take stain away immediately

It’s inevitable for stains to get on your bag, once you notice such you should remove it immediately. But before removing it,the first thing is for you to know what type of stain you’re dealing with, so  you can use the best stain removal method.

Here are some techniques

■ Ink stains: If the stain is fresh, use a white eraser to immediately erase the spot, without applying too much pressure so that the colour doesn’t come off.

■ Water stains: Blot water stains, let them dry naturally, and bring your bag to a professional for removal.

■ Odor removal: Keep a plastic bag filled with baking soda inside your handbag. Zip the handbag or place it in a larger bag that seals if it doesn’t zip. Keep the baking soda in the bag for one or two days to absorb the odor.

■ Food stains: Crush white chalk and let it sit on the stain overnight. Brush off with a clean cloth in the morning.

■ Oil stains: Put cornstarch on the stain immediately, rubbing it in to create heat from friction, which will help the oil absorb. Brush the powder off with a clean cloth after you’ve rubbed it in; don’t let it sit on the stain.
3. Protect your handbag’s fabric:

One of the best ways to make your handbag durable is by protecting you bad’s outer fabric from spilling. Either it’s a leather or suede you can get  fabric protection products  manage it. For example Scotchgard Fabric protector will safe you fabric panels, while Scotchgard Suede and Nubuck will serve as a great water and oil repellant for suede.

Also both Collonil and Chamberlain’s make great leather-protecting products.

All you need do is  to apply the appropriate product to your bag with a clean white cotton cloth, followed by a dry cotton cloth to buff.

Use products regularly on heavily used bags. Before using any of the products you choose,  test a small patch on the bag to make sure it doesn’t cause discoloration. If it doesn’t then you can apply on the overall outer surface of your bag.

4.Protect your handbag’s  inner material

To have long lasting bag, you have to take propercare of the linen. You should keep it clean always. To achieve this get  a pouch or ourse to store your cosmetics and liquids, which will protect the handbag lining from spills and keep you organised to boot. Avoid click pens at all cost, opting for pens with caps instead. Better yet, put those in your pouch too, in case of dreaded ink leaks.

5. You should practice routine maintenance

Here are a few best practices we gatger for daily handbag maintenance:
a. Avoid handling your bag if your hands are dirty or have lotion or cream on them.
b. Keep your bag out of direct sunlight.
c. Rotate which handbag you carry regularly so that they don’t wear out too quickly.
d. Use a suede brush to clean and revive suede.
e. Regular use of a leather moisturizer will keep the leather supple and free of cracks.
f. Wipe your bag down on a weekly basis (when in use) with a soft cloth.

If you pratice the above mentioned protective tips, you will surely have your handbags looking new for as long as you want.

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