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How to Care for, Protect and Store your Luxury Handbag

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Exquisite, luxury handbags—the product of painstaking, sublime craftsmanship—deserve to be treated with the utmost care. Expensive handbags are an investment worth taking care of, and with the right care and maintenance they will stay immaculate for years to come.

It’s incredibly important to remember that if your luxury handbag is made from leather, it’s essentially an organic material and need to be treated as such.

Understand Your Bag’s Finish

  • Most leather bags are vegetable tanned with tannin. Leather that is tanned this way can be susceptible to discolouration and may also be cosmetically damaged by water.
  • Chrome tanned skins are more water resistant and are referred to as being ‘wet blue’ due to their steely grey tinge.
  • Full grain is premium-grade hide that has not been buffed in order to showcase the skin’s natural texture and grain.  
  • Top-grain leather is thinner and has had its natural grain augmented by sanding.
  • Coveted exotics from non-cattle skin, such as alligator, crocodile, stingray, ostrich, snake, lizard and patent leather, achieve their high gloss finishes from oils and resin.

Care and Protect

  • When not in use, store your bag in its dust cover (or a pillowcase) as this will protect it from fading, dusts and even moths.
  • Stuff lightly with tissue paper in order to retain its shape and prevent wrinkles, indents or creases.
  • To prevent mildew, store your bag in a dry, cool environment.
  • You may wish to invest in silica gel sachets to keep in your stored bags, in order to protect them from damp.
  • When you’re out and about, use a portable handbag hook so you don’t have to put your handbag on the dirty floor. They are carefully weighted and designed to hang from the edge of a desk or table and you can find some beautiful styles in lots of designs.
  • Lightly wipe your handbag after every use, with a soft, microfibre towel in order to get rid of any dampness, dirt or dust.
  • Leather may need a wax dressing and a suitable rain protector, such as Colonill, to keep it stain and watermark free. Wet leather should be wiped down carefully; however, this is not always practical, in which case the leather should be left to dry naturally away from any sources of heat.
  • Never use household cleaners or chemicals to clean leather.  Use cleaners that are designed especially for leather materials.  Purchase a high-quality leather cleaner and follow the directions exactly.
  • Remember to test any topical products on an inconspicuous area of the bag before applying it properly.  This way, you can be sure that it will not harm the material.
  • Use a zipped make-up bag to prevent cosmetics from spilling onto the lining of your luxury bag.
  • Be wary of carrying pens in your handbag, as they can break and cause ink to stain your expensive bag’s lining. Use retractable point pencils if you need a writing implement.

It’s important to look after your bag in order to ensure that it will look beautiful for years to come; however, you mustn’t be afraid to enjoy using your bag. After all, luxurious handbags are made to be worn and shown off!

 If you are looking for exquisite pre-owned luxury handbags, or second hand Louis Vuitton bags, please do not hesitate to contact me at Naughtipidgins Nest.