Whenever we purchase something that costs a fair bit, it’s important to keep it in pristine condition. If you’re thinking about buying your first designer handbag, or you plan to add another to your collection, you probably know it’s a great investment. Because of this, it’s important that you do all that you can to extend its lifespan. How you care for it will play a huge role in this, so here are five top tips that will help keep your designer handbag in perfect condition.

No Care Guide Fits All

Before you go about purchasing a designer bag, you need to remember that no two bags are the same. When it comes to cleaning and preserving your piece, take the time to look at the care label that accompanies the piece. You can also do some further research into the material the item’s made from. This will help ensure you clean it correctly. Websites like SSENSE sell a variety of bags by the leading designers.  Take a look at one of the Saint Laurent bags on their site, and you’ll see that the materials it is made from are all listed. It is worth reading this information prior to purchasing your new bag.

Store with Care

Whatever you do, don’t hang your designer handbag on knobs and hooks. Doing so will only cause damage to the shape of the strap(s). When you’re not using the bag, place it in a closed, dark cupboard. Before you put it to rest, make sure that you thoroughly clean it out and empty any items that are in the main compartment. You can add bubble wrap, acid free paper, as well as a small pillow to preserve its shape. Whatever you do, make sure not to store your handbag in plastic or vinyl. 

Rotate Your Handbags

When investing in a designer bag, it’s only natural that you will want to show it off to the world. However, the more you use it, the more wear and tear your bag will receive. One of the best ways to maintain your designer handbag is by giving it a much-needed rest and using an alternate. If your designer handbag doesn’t go with your work outfit, use something else instead! 

Use Natural Products

When it comes to cleaning your designer handbag, it’s advisable to use natural products over those that are filled with harsh chemicals. The last thing you want is to cause irreparable damage to your handbag. Whether it’s baking soda, natural salt, or white vinegar, there are lots of natural cleaning ingredients which can keep your bag looking spick and span. Before using any of the suggestions listed, it’s best to make sure that they can be used on your bag without causing damage.

Be Careful Where You Place It

Many of us throw our bags down without thinking, but if you place it on the ground, near a heater, or in direct sunlight you will end up damaging it. Accidental stains, dirt, and color fading can occur without you even realizing it’s happening. So, no matter where you are, it’s important to be mindful of where you place your designer handbag.

For your designer handbag to stand the test of time and maintain its value, following all the suggestions above is important. No matter what type of material, color, or designer you choose, giving your designer handbag some TLC will pay off in the long run.