When we splurge on a handbag, we often rationalize by saying that “It’s okay. I deserve this. I’ll use this bag for years, anyway.” If this is true for you, then you’re in luck because for today’s blog, I’ll share a few simple ways to help prolong the life of your handbag!
Avoid handling your bag if your hands are dirty or have lotion or cream on them.
Handles are very prone to discoloration. Can you guess what the culprit is? Yup, that’s right—the products that we put on our hands such as lotion lotion and hand cream. In worse cases, we even touch the handles with filthy hands! If you’re looking for a more discreet way to provide abarrier against skin products, dirt, and sweat coming from your hands you may want to check out Love Handles®. These are protective wraps for your handles, made by No Sacrifice Bags. Love Handles® come in different colors to match your bag and it’s just the perfect size so that your hand covers them when you’re holding the strap.
Keep your bag out of direct sunlight.
One of the banes of genuine leather is sunlight. It degrades the material and causes discoloration. When you keep your bags in the closet, make sure that you are not just protecting them from dust. Keep them away from direct sunlight, too! No Sacrifice Bags’ Undercovers™ are special covers that help protect your beloved handbags purses from both dust and sunlight, helping them keep their value. It also comes with a tag where you can put a label, so you don’t have to open all of your Undercovers™ when looking for a particular handbag that you want to use.
Rotate which handbag you carry regularly so that they don’t wear out too quickly.
If you’re a certified bag hoarder, then you know the pains of transferring all of your stuff from one bag to another. However, rotating which bag to use regularly can help prevent the wear and tear of the bag, which in turn helps prolong its life. Did you know that there is a hassle-free way to move on from one bag to another? Use a bag organizer! Le Mobile®, also from No Sacrifice Bags, is a bag organizer with compartments for almost everything—your perfume, cosmetics, toiletries, or whatever you regularly put in your handbag! Le Mobile® fits inside most style of handbags so it’s easy to transfer it from one bag to another.
Use a suede brush to clean and revive suede.
Suede bags are really stylish, but they are also very delicate. Worn-out suede is also a bit of an eyesore, so if you own one, make sure to invest in a suede brush, too! Using the right kind of brush for delicate material like suede can help you clean in from small stains and debris, and is also an effective way to keep it looking like it’s new.
Regular use of a leather moisturizer will keep the leather supple and free of cracks.
Genuine leather, especially when overused can become prone to wrinkling and (gasp!) flaking. Wrinkles are easier to forgive, but when when your bag starts to flake, you know that its days are already numbered. One of the causes of flaking is dryness. To prevent this, make sure to apply leather moisturizer once in a while to keep them nice, shiny, and free from wrinkles and cracks.
Wipe your bag down on a weekly basis (when in use) with a soft cloth.
Even if we own a number of handbags, there is that one bag that we use more often than the others. If one bag has been in use for more than a week already, make sure to wipe it down weekly with a soft cloth to clean it from debris, dust, and dirt. This will also ensure that stains do not stay on the surface of the bag too long.
It’s that simple! So, the next time you spend some serious cash on a handbag, there’s no need to feel guilty, because it will really last you for years!