We dust our shelves, clean our computer screens of dust, and try to generally keep our house as free of dust as we can because we know it’s unsightly and hard on our belongings, so why should we neglect our handbags in the crusade against dust?
In the rest of the house, dust is only a minor inconvenience, but did you know that dust will actually damage your handbag over time?
Dust is made of dirt, animal dander, dead skin cells, insect waste, and sand, and if that doesn't gross you out enough, it’s stirred up every time you move around. Although it sounds gross, a normal amount dust generally doesn’t harm people, but it can be highly damaging and corrosive to your handbag.
Dust Attracts Water Vapor
If you’re at all familiar with fabric care, you know that moisture is terrible for fine handbags because it can cause mold and weaken the material of the bag. Dust is a magnet for water vapor because vapor is looking for something to cling to, and dust is everywhere.
A thin coating of dust on a purse can create a web of moisture around the bag that will promote molding and degeneration even as it simultaneously pulls the moisture out of the leather. Talk about a no-win situation!
Dust Will Dull the Finish of Your Bags
A coat of dust on a bag not only looks bad, but it’s also hard on the finish of the bag, especially if it's a shiny one. The dust’s particles sit on top of your bag, and whatever is in the dust will interact with the finish, potentially ruining it.
You would never want a cat sitting on top of your purse, so why would you want a coating of dust that’s composed of animal dander? Whatever the dust is composed of will settle on top of and erode the surface of the bag. It acts as a tiny abrasive, with the particles settling on top of the leather rubbing against each other to damage the surface. Not good.
Dust Can Carry Micro-Particles of Dangerous Chemicals
Think about the chemicals used in your household. It might be fine to put baking powder on your sink, for example, but those tiny baking powder particles escape into the air and circulate through your house are not what you want to have sitting on your handbag for weeks on end.
The chemicals that end up in our dust are erosive and dangerous to sensitive materials like leather, and if you want to avoid having them eat away at your bag, you need to keep your bag away from dust.
The good news is that all this is easily preventable with a good dust cover. Some bags come with dust covers from the start, but if you don't have one, consider buying one. They’re an easy and attractive solution to the problem, and a good dust cover puts a sold barrier between your handbag and the chemicals of the outside world.
Our Undercovers Dust Covers are our solution the issue of dust, light, and moisture erosion. Check them out to help make your bag last longer.