Do's and Don'ts of Caring For Your Bags: Part Two

Posted on February 10 2017

If you read Part One of our Do’s and Don’ts of Caring For Your Bags, then you’re well on your way to being a bag etiquette pro! But, there are plenty more tips we have to share about caring for your bags and making sure they hold their value over time. Let’s see what experts of the industry recommend when it comes to getting the most out of your most “loved” bags. Here are some important “DON’Ts” to keep in mind!

DON’T: Forget that bags are an investment

It’s no secret that handbags are an investment, and an often expensive one at that! While owning and showing off your bags is a fun and exciting way to express yourself, it doesn’t hurt to be practical about knowing and sustaining the worth of your bag. Each time a stain, scratch, or frayed thread finds its way onto your bag, the value decreases. Taking care of your bag regularly and preventing permanent damage is one way you can make sure it holds its value and will be worth trading in or selling in the future. Each designer’s creation is handcrafted with care, and must be treated regularly with that same regard.

DON’T: Over-use or misuse your bag

Some other things you can do to preserve the newness of your bag are rotate which bag you carry in order to minimize wear and tear, and only bring your bag to its appropriate occasion. Bringing your oversized tote to an event that should have called for a clutch won’t be practical, so make sure you do your research on the dress code for the event ahead of time. Over time and with each use, the quality and condition of your bags will decline. Owning a variety of satchels, totes, cross-shoulder messenger bags, and wristlets can ensure you won’t wear out the same bag consistently in a short period of time.

DON’T: Ruin your bag with harsh cleaning chemicals

When your bag does happen to hold a stain, it’s tempting to want to drench it in some cleaner and scrub away until no traces of Friday night remain. No matter how small the stain is, never blindly start scrubbing away with a substance that is guaranteed to take the stain out of a fabric or material with the power of a lion—stray away from putting products like this anywhere near your bag. Most stains can be removed by using small, gentle, circular motions and a small about of product, and by following the directions on the bottle to ensure it’s being applied correctly. When in doubt, avoid ruining your bag by using harsh chemicals or aggressive motions that can cause more permanent and irreversible damage.

TIP: Always test your cleaning products on a small sample before applying to the entire bag so that you know exactly how it reacts with the textile. Wait 24 hours after applying and check for discoloration or other inconsistencies in the fabric or material.

DON’T: Take matters into your own hands

If your bag is showing signs of more serious damage, you probably don’t want to take matters into your own hands and risk harming it more. Instead, leave it to the experts—contact a professional handbag cleaner and trust your investment with their expertise. Handbag repair professionals are trained and knowledgeable about correcting just about any aspect of your bag that needs help. It’s worth spending a few extra dollars to ensure your bag is in the right hands and has a long lifespan—or at least until you upgrade to the next one!

It’s not always the most exciting process, but with proper care and maintenance, your bag can hold its value and maintain its highly sought-after quality for years to come.

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