A luxury handbag is an investment that you should buy with the goal of keeping it for a long time or maybe giving it to your children.
The cold winter months have finally come. This time of year, you should think about one thing more than anything else: how to take care of your leather purse.
Don’t put your expensive leather luggage at risk by leaving it out in bad weather. Now, the question is, what can you do to make sure that your most prized possessions stay in perfect shape through the winter?
Avoid Extreme Cold
During the summer, when it’s hot and humid, a lot of people who own expensive handbags can feel nervous. With the help of dehumidifiers and air conditioners, you can avoid mold and other problems.
Because of this, you may feel a lot of relief when fall comes and the weather starts to get cooler.
On the other hand, going so far out of your way is bad for your wallet. Even though the dryer air of winter is usually better for keeping your bag in good shape, extremely cold temperatures can dry out the leather of your bag and make it crack or lose its softness. This is especially true if you keep your bag in a place where it gets below freezing.
You shouldn’t leave your bag outside for a long time, and you shouldn’t put it right in front of an air conditioning vent.
Storing pre-owned designer handbags in a place with a controlled climate, like a home with central heating and air conditioning, is great and will help them stay in great shape for as long as possible.
Shield Your Pre-Owned Designer Handbag from Rain or Snow
Even though most handbag owners already know this, you should never let water get into a leather bag.
Even though some types of leather, like grained leather or Saffiano leather, are more durable than others, like smooth lambskin, any leather bag can be damaged or marked by rain or snow.
You must keep lighter colors and more delicate leathers, like the famous Vachetta leather from Louis Vuitton, out of the rain by using your coat, an umbrella, or even a waterproof cover. This is because leathers with lighter colors and thinner grain are more likely to get stained and keep watermarks.
Some of the most expensive ladies’ handbags, like the Hermès Birkin, come with a matching raincoat to keep the contents dry.
Moisturize the Leather
Even after it has been processed, leather is still a natural skin, and just like other natural skins, it needs to be kept moist in order to stay soft.
Dry weather in the fall and winter can be bad for your bag’s leather, so cleaning it with a safe leather polish or moisturizer will help keep it from drying out and cracking. This will keep your bag in great shape for years to come. Dry weather can hurt leather in some ways.
As part of our handbag spa, Watch & Wares offers expert handbag moisturizing services. You can use these services if you don’t know which leather moisturizers are best for your purse.
Even if you do everything you need to do to keep your luggage safe, accidents can still happen. No matter if you get caught in a storm without an umbrella or if your toddler gets to your purse before it’s in its dustbag, wear and tear is a part of any purchase you plan to keep for a long time.
Give them the spa treatment
Your leather bag used to be an animal’s skin, and it still has many of the same qualities and traits that skin does.
The dry air of winter can cause leather and your own skin to crack and flake. How do you keep leather from getting dry and dull? You take care of it just like you care for your own skin.
By giving your leather bag a thorough cleaning and applying leather conditioner on a regular basis, you can keep the leather from cracking or splitting in cold weather or after being exposed to rain or snow for a long time.
Use a dehumidifier to cut down on the humidity in the room where you keep your handbags. The most important thing is this.
Mold doesn’t like dry air. Because cool air holds less moisture than warm air, you should try to store your handbags in a room with air conditioning if you can.
If this is not an option, you can warm the air in closets by keeping a light bulb that is already there burning.
After using your handbag, clean it.
The first thing to do is to clean out all of the trash and old things. If the ladies’ bag is soft, you can take the stuff out by turning it inside out and using a lint roller to get to the hard-to-reach spots.
If your bag’s outside is made of hard-pressed grain leather, you can clean it by wiping it down gently with a damp paper towel or an alcohol-free baby wipe.
This only has to be done if the bag has already been grained (using general baby-wipes may damage to the color, dry the leather out, create a buildup of grease).
If it’s made of natural leather or leather that hasn’t been treated, exotic leather, or suede, uses a dry paper towel to dust it. If you have a serious problem, you should see a doctor or another trained medical professional.
Vacuum the dead mold spores from the bag.
A hose attachment should be used to clean along the seams and in any other grooves or cracks. You should throw away the vacuum bag when you’re done so that mold spores don’t spread to other places.
To make sure that mold and mold spores are gone from the storage area, it should be cleaned with vinegar or a cleaner that kills mold (we’ve heard that bleach only bleaches mold, but doesn’t kill it!). This will make sure there is no mold in the area.
Store them right
Before putting the bag away until you need it again, stuffing it with newspaper can help it keep its shape and keep it from folding or creasing.
Don’t hang your bags, because that will make them wear out faster. Make sure the bag is completely covered with the cloth before putting it in the box.
By doing this, you will keep the bag from getting dirty or wet, which is especially important when it is very humid outside.
When it rains, mold and fungus often start to grow on things made of leather, like purses and shoes. If nothing is done right away, the fungus could destroy the leather beyond repair if the problem is not fixed. So, it’s important to talk to a qualified leather care professional right away.
You should never skimp on the quality of the leather polish you use because it keeps the bag from getting wet and brings back the right balance of natural oils. It also makes the leather shine better and makes the bag last longer.