Handbags are one of the dirtiest accessories we own. In fact, they are home to more bacteria than the average toilet. And not the good kind too. Gross, right?
You bet your precious Purell it is. And this is precisely why it’s important to regularly clean your purse – especially when you invest in quality designer handbags.
Here are seven tips to get a cleaner handbag, and easier mind.
1) Just Add Water
Got a leather purse? A little bit of warm, soapy water can go a long way. Use a clean, soft cloth and dip it in the water, squeezing out extra moisture. Gently wipe the exterior of the purse. Do this once of week to keep it in pristine condition.
Using a leather conditioner on your purse will keep it super soft, clean and supple. But before you rub it in, use a soft brush to remove any loose dirt. If it’s really dirty, use that warm soap and water.
3) Use a Makeup Bag
To prevent spills and stains, be sure to relegate your cosmetics to their place – namely, a makeup bag or case.
4) Got Oil?
While handbag oil spills aren’t as tragic as the Exxon Valdez, they can still be a bummer. Thankfully, these minor spills are easy, and can be mopped up by applying some baby powder to the affected area. Let it stand overnight. If it’s not gone in the morning, apply more powder and let it stand again.
5) Suede Solutions
Suede handbags look great, but can be a pain to clean – that is if you don’t have these simple tips. If your suede is scuffed, just use an eraser or nail file in the marked area and voila – your suede is once again uniform. To remove dirt, allow a crust of bread to go stale, and then rub the stains or dirt with the crust until they have disappeared. Sounds crazy, but it works!
6) Good Offence
As the old adage goes, the best defense is a good offence. To keep your purse perky, avoid filling it to the brim or shoving it in tight spaces. This will mess with the structural integrity of your bag, and cause it to loose shape and strength. Also, if you want to avoid having your purse turn into the Coachella of germs, keep it off the floor. If you go into a bathroom stall, hang it up. In your office, create a space to hang or shelve it.
7) Read the Label
Finally, look no further than your designer for help. Most handbags will come with cleaning instructions, though they often go unnoticed or just ignored. Read them! If they’re not on the label in your purse, search them out online or call the designer. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations is one of the best ways to keep your purse in great condition.