How to clean your designer handbag

At Style Secret we invest a lot of time and money when it comes to purchasing our handbags and genuinely love each and every item within our ever growing collection. Making sure their leather is well cared for is an absolute must! Below we have a few tips on how to keep your latest investment handbag looking brand new and super chic. Firstly congratulations on buying a gorgeous designer handbag! I bet you can’t wait to take it out, show it off, be the envy of passers by and take a few snaps of it for Insta! We always without fail keep our bags upright and in their respective dustbags as well as stuff them with either tissue paper or air pockets. Keeping your bag stuffed will ensure the shape is not lost but do take care not to overstuff as that can cause buckles/hardware/zips to pop off! It has happened to us so please be super careful! It can be costly to fix these slip ups. When storing a bag for a long period of time we recommend removing any detachable chains or straps as well as crossing the handles over one another. We take every care not to cause any damage to our precious bags. The minute we receive a new bag we apply a leather barrier cream to help with the prevention of stains, grease marks etc. A leather conditioner will cost you around $20 and will last for years! We are lucky enough to be supplied by the fabulous team at U.S based Chemical Guys. Rub a small amount of leather conditioner onto a clean dry sponge and leave it for 5 minutes. Then wipe it off gently with a dry cloth. The leather will only absorb what it can so only apply small amounts. There is no need to be heavy handed! One thing to remember is all leather was once a living hide. Animal skins need to breathe! Using the wrong cleaner can suffocate the leather which can lead to the leather drying out, fading and cracking. When bags are returned to us from their last hire we always give the inside a quick wipe out to remove any dust or crumbs with a clean cloth that we slightly wet with water. If you have a larger bag like a Prada or Celine tote you can grab the suction part of your Vacuum and give it a once over (on low speed). Do
  • Take your bag to a professional for any serious cleaning. We recommend the team at My Bag Spa www.mybagspa.com.au
  • Tuck the chain handle inside your bag to avoid scratching the outside leather when the bag is resting.
  • Store your makeup in a makeup bag or other small pouch to avoid any mishaps.
  • Use a dustbag or old pillow case to store your bag.
  • Use a microfibre cloth. They can be bought from your local supermarket or Bunnings. Store your bag in a cool/dry place.
  • Wipe with the grain of the handbag (to avoid ruining the leather).
  • Spot-test a cleaning method before you use it (somewhere on the inside of the bag).
Don’t
  • Touch your bag with dirty hands.
  • Use products such as alcohol, varnish, or ammonia-based cleaners on leather. They are too harsh and can cause damage or discolouration.
  • Don't wear light colour bags with dark clothing. The dye from the clothing may run and transfer to the bag damaging the colour (one of the hardest stains to remove).
  • Attempt to repair any serious damage yourself. Consult the boutique where you bought the bag or a handbag spa.
  • Touch your bag after applying hand cream, foundation or other make-up products. (These products contain mineral oils and waxes which will destroy the look of your leather handbag).
  • Carry pens in your handbag!
  • Leave your handbag in direct sunlight. It can fade your leather.
I hope you enjoyed our tips, if you have any questions please contact us at hire@stylesecret.com.au

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