Wondering how to take care of your bags? No matter what the material, here’s your perfect guide to taking care of your bag!
You aren’t going to wear tattered and dirty shoes are you? Then why use handbags that are stained and weathered? Everything is susceptible to getting grubby and mucky and so is your handbag.
You need to treat your bag with tender love and care to make it last, year after year.
For starters, don’t overstuff them. Overstuffing causes most bags to go shapeless, unless they are cloth bags. Always store your bags in a cover to avoid fungal or mould growth during the humid seasons. Let’s look at some other tips to care for your all your different type of bags.
Strong, durable and long lasting is what is associated with leather bags. Leather bags should be stored in cloth covers. They do not like to be exposed to direct sunlight or heat. One should keep a leather conditioner and wipe down the bag with it a few times a year. When you drop some food or drink on your bag, use a mild detergent and soft cloth to clean up the area and then air dry the bag. To guard the bag against unwanted stains use a leather protectant.
Canvas and Fabric Bags
Canvas bags and cloth bags are durable and sturdy. They are a very handy option and can carry a great amount of load. Despite being rough and tough they need to be looked after properly. The bags should never be submerged in water, if the body is light coloured and the handles are coloured, it may bleed and stain the body. Water also makes the canvas bag lose its shape. The bag should be spot cleaned if stained, with soft sponge and detergent. The detergent should be a mild one such as the ones used to wash your delicates. The bag then should be air dried.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a robust thermoplastic material that is used to create faux leather bags amongst other things. Due to its water resistance, it makes for a good ‘all weather’ bag. It therefore is an easier bag to clean than the rest. You need to make sure that you don’t use any abrasive cloth on the PVC body, which would leave marks. Use a detergent solution and cloth to get rid of stains. The bag can be washed in water and left to air dry, and then it is good to go!
Rexine or synthetic leather is a popular material used to make bags. The best way to clean them is to first remove the excess dirt using a soft-bristled brush, and then make a soapy solution of warm water and a bit of detergent. Then apply a small amount of the detergent mixture to a sponge, and clean the dirty areas. Post that, apply a small amount of warm water to another sponge or soft cloth to remove any excess detergent.
The vacuum cleaner is the best option to keep these bags dust and grime free. Use a weak soap solution and toothbrush to tackle stains. You should ensure never to over wet the straw or jute. Air dry the bag in shade. Don’t expose wet jute bag to sunlight.
And now that you know how to take care of your sweethearts, get going with a swag, and spread the bag song!