If you’re into handbags, it can be easy to start feeling like you know everything about them.
You’d never get your leather wet, you’d never store your bags in direct light, and you always use a dustbag. You care about handbags.
But we here at No Sacrifice Bags can guess some care mistakes you’re making that you might not even realize!
Mistake 1: Storing your bags in plastic bins
If you have multiple bags (and we know you do!), you may decide to store your bags in plastic bins and put them someplace out of the way. While we commend you for trying to avoid the biggest handbag irritants (light and dust), plastic storage bins stop the leather from breathing and trap moisture. It’s better to use an organic container and store them in a dry place.
Mistake 2: Hanging your bags
If you keep your handbag on a hook, you’re making it work 24/7! At night, when you put your bag away to wait for the next day, give your bag a well-needed rest and lay it on its side, rather than hanging it up and making the leather move and stretch all night.
You’re more likely to get stretched out handles and strained leather as gravity tugs on your beloved bag. So let your bag sleep and don’t hang it.
Mistake 3: Using your purses as decoration
If you have a handful of beautiful handbags, it’s only natural that you’d want to display the ones you’re not using so you can appreciate them. But try and resist this impulse, because using your handbags as decoration exposes them to the light and dust of your room constantly.
Keep them in a dustbag and not on the tops of your bookshelves, ladies!
Mistake 4: Not emptying your bags
When you get home every night, do you remove the contents of your bag and empty your purse out of crumbs and dirt? Well, you should!
Emptying your bag each night ensures that you remove potential irritants like dust, food, and ink from the interior of the bag. A side effect of this is that you also stay in touch with the condition of your purse.
It’s surprisingly easy to overlook what’s right in front of our faces, and purses often suffer from this. Have you inspected the interior of your bag for damage recently? Give it a look!
Mistake 5: Not filling your bags
If you’re storing your handbags, be sure you stuff them with something to help preserve their shape! Some people use newspapers or old magazines, but the ink from these products may transfer onto your bag, so we don’t recommend that unless it’s a bag you don’t care about.
We recommend using an inflatable product that won’t damage the interior and help preserve its shape.
Mistake 6: Not moisturizing
When was the last time you rehydrated your leather handbags? A good leather cleaner isn’t costly and can greatly extend the life of your bags.
We recommend moisturizing your leather bags once a month or so, depending on your climate. If you live in a hot, dry place, you may want to do it twice a month if it’s a bag you use often.