Designer bags cost nothing less than an arm and a leg. However, their chic appearance and plush look, coupled with the classy feeling you get carrying a Gucci, Dior, Chanel or Prada bag makes up for it. A designer bag is like a girl’s best friend; you need one, you want one, you feel incomplete without it by your side, it always has everything you need, and it makes your life so much easier while making sure that you look and feel special. Yet, like any best friend your bag also requires a certain level of care and attention. You cannot just leave it lying around anywhere and expect it to be the same once you decide to pick it up again for use.
If you want to keep your designer bag in the best condition possible, then you need to store it properly. Without proper care, your expensive handbag will not stay looking its best. If you are investing in a branded accessory, then you need to know the proper technique of how you can protect your investment. Follow these instructions by the book to know how to properly care for your designer bag.
Thoroughly clean your handbag with a specialist handbag cleanser and empty out all the contents before keeping it in storage. Dust and vacuum the inside of the bag, and remove any stains that might be on it or on its lining, yourself or seek the help of a professional. Also, if there is bad odour inside the bag then dust the inside of the bag with baking soda and leave it overnight. Vacuum the bag the next day to remove all traces of baking soda. Just be sure that you keep the vacuum on a very low setting so it does not damage the delicate lining of the bag.
Stuff the designer bag like a Turkey at Christmas, well except for near the zip area. You can use a shaper for this or acid-free tissue paper so the bag retains its shape. Other materials you can use for stuffing the designer bag are bubble wrap and old clothes. Keeping an empty bag in your wardrobe for long can ruin its shape and causes permanent creases to appear on it. Thus, it is imperative to stuff it first. Just be sure that you do not overstuff it or the excess stuffing might get stuck in the zip.
Packing the bag is perhaps the most important step of storing and securing a designer bag. Unclip the straps off the bag if they are removable and place them in a dust bag or bubble wrap it and keep it inside the bag itself. The next step is to put two or three packets of silica gel inside the bag to protect it from moisture and moulding. Afterwards, you need to place the designer bag inside its dust bag which you must have received at the time of purchase, or if you have lost it, then you can place the bag inside a cotton pillowcase, making sure that it fits perfectly inside, without bending in any way.