When it comes to buying handbags, investing in real leather or even designer means that your purchase can last you for many years to come, and possibly even net you a profit if you feel like selling it on a few years down the line.
With fashion, the old adage that ‘you get what you pay for’ so often holds true, with fast fashion and cheap materials simply not standing the test of time. Good quality leather is far more durable than many other materials that are commonly used, and if you buy from a quality brand the craftsmanship will be to a much higher standard.
However, with a good quality investment piece comes the responsibility to properly take care of it, as keeping it in good condition will help to keep wear and tear to a minimum and preserve the value of the handbag.
With that in mind, we thought we’d run through three top tips for ensuring you care for your leather handbag properly.
Clean your bag regularly
It’s easy to forget that your handbag needs cleaning, with many people not even clearing out the contents regularly and just chucking things in as they run out the door in the morning. But to keep it in great condition, it is important to clean your handbag regularly.
Give it a wipe down with a damp cloth to give it a quick clean every now and then, and have it cleaned by a professional every few months to keep it looking its best and in great condition.
Be careful to only use special leather cleaners on it, as they have been formulated to protect and care for leather and extend the lifetime of leather products. We spoke to Lakeland Leather who told us “you should never use baby wipes or any home remedies like vinegar to clean your leather products, even if you’re in a pinch and want to quickly clean something off. These products contain chemicals that can dry out the leather and cause it to crack or lose colour.”
Take care of your handbag from the moment you buy it
It’s true what they say and prevention really is the best cure when it comes to looking after your handbag. It is a big investment so use a leather protection cream as soon as you get it home to help keep it in great condition for as long as possible. It will add a protective barrier that helps to protect it against staining and wear and tear.
Many good quality leather handbags also come with a dust bag, which does exactly what the name would suggest and helps to protect it from excess dust and grime in your home. Make sure you store your handbag in its dust bag when you aren’t using it to prevent a buildup of dust and help to protect it against any scuffs or knocks.
If your bag didn’t come with a dustbag of its own, you can always use an old pillowcase to protect it. You may also wish to use something such as bubble wrap or old clothes to stuff your bag with while it is empty to help it keep its shape.
Be mindful with your bag
When you’re out and about, think carefully about where you put your bag down. Avoid putting it in direct sunlight or next to any heat sources as this can cause the leather to dry and crack.
Be careful that you don’t put your bag down on any dirty floors or surfaces, whether that’s a wet table or even next to your desk at work on the floor.
We hope this has given you some ideas of how you can keep your bag in its best condition to lengthen its lifespan and protect its value. If you’re still after some more in-depth advice, this article from Luxury Insider covers most bases.