Women sometimes have a love/hate relationship with their purses. Some women wouldn’t mind spending some extra dollars (or even hundreds) just for one, and they justify it by saying it’s an investment. While it feels so good to wear outside and pair with your outfit, having a pricey purse means you have to take good care of it, as if it’s your baby. You wouldn’t dare put it on the floor at a restaurant, so it would get its own seat. You wouldn’t want anything sharp to get near it. And if you’re taking the bus or train, you would prefer to embrace it on your lap rather than put it beside you. You have to take care of an investment, right?
Here are some tips for keeping your handbags clean and in the best condition for years to come:
1. Pre-protect your bag.
If your purse is made of genuine leather, suede, or any delicate fabric, apply some protectant to shield it from spills, dirt, and any fumbles. Make sure you use the right kind for the material.
2. Keep stuff in pouches.
Have you ever opened a purse to find out it got some ink stains, lipstick smudges, or leaked fluids? To avoid this, make sure you protect the inside of your purse by keeping stuff in pouches. Pouches will organize all the contents, and if ever something leaks, then the damage will be contained. Keeping everything in separate pouches also makes it easier to switch up handbags throughout the week without having to dump everything and reorganize. Have a beauty pouch for your makeup, coin purse for change, cardholder or wallet for your cards, a tech purse for your chargers and cords, and a pencil pouch for your pens.
3. Store the bag properly when not in use.
When you’re not using the purse, make sure it’s properly stored. Keep it upright and avoid squeezing it on your shelf. Stash your purses in cloth bags, dust bags, or mini pillowcases before storing to protect from dust. Most good handbags come with a storage pouch anyway, so use it. Detach any removable straps and put them inside the purse all coiled up, because if you leave them or fold them, the straps can bend and crease.
4. Keep unnecessary receipts out of your purse.
The receipt when you bought a coffee cup at Starbucks or the receipt when you purchased vitamins in the drugstore are not essential receipts. Put them immediately into the trash to keep your purse from being loaded with random small papers. And for your necessary receipts, keep them in an envelope so it won’t clutter your wallet.
5. Clean out random trash that collects in the purse daily.
Gum wrappers, straw wrappers, used tissue, pieces of plastic, and whatnots do not belong with your purse. It’s understandable to keep them there when there’s no trash can around, but make sure you clean them up during the night before you use the bag again the next morning.
6. Put things away.
In the course of regular use, your purse can accumulate random things, which can make the bag heavy and hard to find anything. And because the random things stuffed inside your bag, it makes it harder to find the stuff you actually need. Put them in proper storage places, because some of them may belong to your office desk, bathroom, car compartment, vanity, and others, rather than inside your purse.
7. Use baby wipes to clean up crumbs inside of your bag.
How much crumbs does your purse get? Sometimes you can see food crumbs, cracker crumbs, and some things you don’t know about. Wipe down your bags inside with baby wipes to get rid of dirt and crumbs inside, then use a soft cloth to wipe the outside. But you don’t have to do this every day – over cleaning your bag can eventually lead to its destruction, so only clean regularly if you’re always using it.
8. Practice routine care.
Yes, everything listed above can help keep your bag clean, but what’s the point if it’s damaged? Always practice routine care for your purse to ensure it stays in tip-top shape. Avoid handling the bag with wet, dirty, or lotioned hands. Make sure you rotate your bags regularly so it won’t wear out too fast. And lastly, don’t overstuff your bag to keep the bag from ripping or getting stretched and deformed. If you need to put more things, get a larger one instead of pushing it all in.