It starts with a scuff, maybe a stain, and before you know it, you're left with a remnant of what your handbag once was. We've all been there - neglecting bag upkeep is something we're all guilty of. And so is the familiar disappointment that comes with realizing that your favorite bag is on its last leg. What do you do at that point? If you're anything like me, you may search for something similar, only to find that it's not as good as the original. Or you look for the same bag again. In either scenario, you've now spent double… or more. Wouldn't it be great not to have to replace it at all?
My mission with AALLYN is to help women do more with less. In this case, that means extending the life of your favorite bags. With this mission in mind, I've consolidated the following tips on how to care for your handbags:
#1: Keep your hands clean
Would you touch your face immediately after eating french fries? If you answered no, then you've passed the test! The same thinking applies to your leather bag. Leather naturally absorbs oils and other substances that touch it, so it's important to keep your hands as clean as possible when using your leather bag. Repeatedly touching your bag with oily fingers will result in darker leather and unsightly oil spots over time. Oil is also the perfect magnet for dust and dirt, making the leather look worse.
#2: Don't overstuff your bag
#3: Store makeup in a separate pouch
#4: Avoid getting beauty products on your bag
Generally, I don't bring my leather bags into the bathroom at home. Placing a bag on a bathroom counter (especially in a home) can expose it to many "goo" threats. If you're wondering what the heck "Goo" refers to, it's a term that my husband coined when describing my crazy collection of beauty products; anything from hair spray, lotions, toners, serums… it's all just "goo." Reduce the risk of getting goo on your bag by being mindful of the environment when using your leather bag.
#5: Keep it dry
#6: Store your bag where it can breathe
#7: Treat stains immediately
If you notice that your bag has a food stain or other mark, I recommend treating the spot as soon as possible. You can use a damp, soft cloth and wipe gently, letting it air-dry afterward. If I notice a grease or oil spot, I like to brush a bit of cornstarch on that spot, let it sit overnight, and brush it off the next day. It does wonders in soaking up those oils.
And there you have it, our list of tips to keep your leather bags in great shape so that you can do more with less. I hope these tips not only help your bags look nicer for longer but also help you keep your favorites in rotation for years to come.