Saturday, 5 March 2016

How To Look After Your Handbags



So you've saved up for what seems like forever to purchase the bag of your dreams, but how should you look after it once you've brought it home and started using it? Here are my top tips for looking after your little babies...

1. Leather Protector - of course the best thing you can do to protect your bag is to prevent it getting dirty or damaged in the first place. Although this can't always be fully avoidable, using a leather protector gel or spray can help to waterproof your bag and repel stains. Simply apply the gel with a cloth and lave overnight to fully dry/air. My favourite is the Collonil leather gel which is recommend by Mulberry. If your bag is suede, which can be quite delicate, then a suede spray is great

2. Storage - if your beautiful new handbag has come with a dustbag then I would always recommend storing it in this. I also keep the original stuffing the bag came with and put this back inside when I'm not using the bag so it keeps it's shape. Try to store your bags upright, if you lie them down or on their side they might become mishapen. I have a dedicated 'handbag shelf' in my bedroom where I keep all my bags in their dustbags

3. Silica Gel - You know those little sachets you get inside new things that say 'OMG DO NOT EAT YOU WILL DIE' well that's silica gel, and it's actually pretty useful. It's purpose is to absorb moisture so it will keep your bags fresh and prevent them from any mould or condensation. Leather is a natural material and therefore can be susceptible to mould so I like to store a couple of sachets of silica gel inside each of my bags just to be safe. They're pretty cheap and you can buy them from Amazon. Just remember to replace them every couple of months 

4. Handbag Raincoat - I cannot recommend this product enough! I bought it in September and it has saved my life on many occasions. It's basically a little raincoat to stop your handbag getting wet in a downpour, I wrote a full post about it here. If your bag does happen to get wet then gently dab it with kitchen roll and leave to air. If necessary stuff the inside with kitchen roll also while it dries, this helps to keep it's shape and will soak up any excess water that may have creeped inside

What are your top tips for keeping your handbags looking their best?


12 comments:

  1. Thank you for the advice, I'll go and check out the handbag raincoat I'm sure my mom would really appreciate it too!

    Abigail Alice x

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    1. Thanks for your comment :) The handbag raincoat is such a weird but awesome invention! Haha x

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  2. The handbag raincoat sounds like such a great idea, will definitely have to check it out! I'm forever saving silica packs to put in my handbags x

    Darling Jordan

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    1. I am actually obsessed with silica gel I have bought so many sachets from amazon! Haha. Better to be safe than sorry though! x

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  3. Such good tips and never knew that about the silica gel bags so think I will defiantly have to buy a few!
    Laura X
    fbl-savvy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I stock up on them for winter! And I also make sure I air/use my bags every so often so they're not just sat inside the dust bags :) x

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  4. My dad bought me my first designer bag for Christmas, a Michael Kors. Eeep! So I love this guide on how to look after it, and make sure it stays looking good! :D

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    1. Aw good, glad it was useful! It's so special when you get your first expensive bag :) x

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