Investing in a good leather bag is always a good idea. Not just because of how long it will serve you but because you can also get good value for it if you decide to resell it in the future as a thrift item.
Contrary to what most people think, buying an expensive leather bag is not an automatic insurance against wear and tear. And even the most basic handbags will last long if properly handled. You should care for your leather handbags if you want them to remain in good condition.
We show how you can do that with these tips below:
Stuff your bags with a bubble wrap or old newspaper when not in use
When your handbags are not in use, just laying them flat could cause them to lose shape. But stuffing them with bubble wraps or old newspapers will prevent that. If you have neither, you can just use your old clothes.
Keep your bags away from heat
You might not know this but your leather bags can be destroyed by heat, even if they are really expensive. Heat can cause even the most genuine of leather accessories to crack and then peel. So be sure to keep your bags in an airy environment.
Store your bags correctly
You should keep your bags in a dust bag when not in use. Dust bags will protect them from colour transfer, excess moisture, fading and dust. But if you don’t have a dust bag, you can use an old pillowcase. But whatever you do, do not store your leather bags in a nylon bag. Nylon bags are not breathable, so the heat will definitely cause peeling.
Keep liquids, oil and grease away from your bags
When keeping liquids and oily substances in your bags, make sure they’re properly sealed. Poorly covered liquid foundations and oil bottles have been the bane of many bags. To be safe, when carrying liquids, put them in a Ziploc bag first.
Only use specialist leather cleaners to care for your leather handbags
For genuine leather bags, cleaning them with a specialist leather cleaner will get it as good as new. You’ll only need to do this about once in 2 months, for the other times just clean with a damp cloth. You can get a leather cleaner here for N3500.
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