Care For Women’s And Men’s Bags
Whether you are a woman or man and are using a purse or bag, taking care of them is important, helping them to last longer. If you leave any dirt or marks on them, over time this may wear down the area or leave a stain. While using your bag, doing a regular cleaning inside and out really helps with leaving less to do before storing or changing to another one.
Before You Store Your Bags
Once you are finished using your bag, empty the contents out and clean the inside first. Using a small gentle vacuum will help to get every little crumb out, or you can turn it upside down carefully shaking it. If the bag is made of soft fabric, just turn it inside out. Clean out any zippered compartments or inserts that are on the sides.
If your bag is made of authentic leather or imitation leather, wipe the outside of it with a damp paper towel or alcohol free wipes. There are also gentle conditioning treatments available. For a suede bag, dust if off with a dry paper towel or soft cloth. If they are expensive designer bags made from exotic material like snakeskin or alligator for example, you can have them professionally cleaned. Below is an men’s leather olive satchel bag and a women’s leather olive and dark grey purse. I found these in a shoe store separate, and I placed them together being a perfect match!
Preparing Your Bags For Storage
Once your bag is clean whether its leather, fabric or any other type, stuff it with white or a neutral color tissue paper to keep its shape. For a larger bag, a small pillow or bubble wrap will help. Wrap any buckles or zipper pulls also so they won’t leave a dent in the leather or any similar material. Place your handbag in a breathable bag like cotton fabric. Its best if the color is white or anything similar to prevent any color transfer and make sure it is loose and not tight. If its too tight around the bag, it can warp it.
There are bag protectors or covers available at any store that will carry them. If they don’t, you can ask if they are available to order. Don’t have the bags too close to each other where hardware can press against them leaving marks. Patent leather is best stored on its own or it will leave its color on whatever is beside it. Don’t hang your bags, this will stretch the handles. The male model is holding a heavy linen gym style duffel bag.
Placing Your Bags In Storage
If there was a box that you purchased with the bag and kept it, store the bag in there. You can always buy small boxes in stores but make sure they aren’t plastic its not a good idea. They don’t breath and can cause odors. Once your bags are set to store, you can line them up side by side but not tightly and don’t allow the handles to be pressed down. If this is the case, lay them down flat. You can attach a label or note to each bag identifying them so you won’t have to open each one up to find the one you need.
It’s always nice to use a bag that is already nice and clean, ready to use and will last a lot longer because it was cleaned, bagged or boxed, and stored properly. Below is a unisex grey leather bag.
Using an all weather protection spray like Tana All Protector or a conditioner you would purchase for shoes, would benefit your bags preventing rust and stains and keeping them in shape, lasting longer.
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