Make It Last: Ways to Properly Take Care of Your Handbag

These 10 Tips Will Keep Your Bag Looking Like New

Have you ever ruined one of you favorite handbags? Devastation! It doesn’t matter how much you paid for your handbag, the bottom line is you love it and want to keep it in mint condition! Below are some simple tips on how to take care of your handbags. The goal is to keep your handbag looking great and truly get your money’s worth out of it!

Follow these 10 tips and your bags are sure to look like new for years to come!

01
of 10

Never put your handbag on the floor!

Two women at an outdoor restaurant
Soren Hald/Cultura/Getty Images

There is a whole world of germs and nastiness on the floor, so why place your precious handbag down there? Always try to place your handbag on the back of your chair, on your lap or on a neighboring seat.

Another option is to purchase a handbag table hook to help keep your bag off the floor. It's an affordable option that's just a tad larger than a half dollar so it's easy to carry along wherever you go.

02
of 10

Handle your handbag with clean hands.

Be sure your hands are clean before touching your leather handbag.
Be sure your hands are clean before touching your leather handbag. JGI/Jamie Grill / Getty Images
You will want to avoid getting dirt, natural oil and grime on your handbag. If not, you will find yourself always cleaning your bag, which leads me to the next tip…
03
of 10

Avoid over-cleaning your handbag.

Limit the number of chemicals you put on your bag to preserve its quality.
Limit the number of chemicals you put on your bag to preserve its quality. Adrianna Williams/ Getty Images

You want to avoid over-cleaning your leather handbags because a build-up of chemical products will also contribute to the destruction of your bag. Spot clean with water as necessary.

Check out these tips for how to properly clean a leather handbag.

04
of 10

All handbags are not created equal.

Leather Cleaner
Leather cleaner is a must-have to keep leather handbags looking like new. Amazon

Find out what type of material your handbag is made of because it just may require different instructions to clean and preserve it.

If your handbag is made of leather then you might want to invest in a Leather Cleaner, which is an affordable leather-safe option that will keep your bag clean and looking like new. This video will show you how to remove a stain from leather.

05
of 10

Never store your handbag without a cover or inside support!

A hanging handbag organizer is ideal for handbag storage.
A hanging handbag organizer is ideal for handbag storage. Amazon

There are a few different ways that you can store a leather handbag when it isn't in use.

  1. Properly store your handbag in your closet using a purse insert for support and a dust bag cover. Most handbags come with their own dust bag cover so make sure you don't throw it away!
  2. Another economical tip is to use tissue paper inside of your handbag to keep the shape and placing your bag inside of a pillowcase to avoid dust.
  3. Purchase a Hanging Handbag Organizer to easily store your handbags in your closet. This will keep the dust off your bag and make it so you can quickly see and grab any bag when you need it. To maintain the shape of the bag be sure to stuff it with something!

Check out these 7 Handbag Storage Solutions for more inspiration on ways to keep your bags safe! 

06
of 10

Beware: Never store your handbag in plastic or vinyl.

Colorful assortment of handbags
Avoid storing your handbags in plastic or vinyl. Grady Coppell/ Getty Images

Plastics and vinyls do not breathe and are moisture resistant – it actually traps wetness! What this means is that using plastic to store your bags just may cause mold. Gross, right? Stick with the tips outlined above to keep your bags looking like new.

07
of 10

Be sure to zip or fasten the handbag and overlap handles on top of it.

Keep your handbags zipped when not in use.
Keep your handbags zipped when not in use. Jeffrey Coolidge/ Getty Images

Leaving handles with heavy hardware to hang on the sides of your bag when not in use will put added stress on the handbag or may cause tearing so make sure that you always zip or fasten your handbags and then overlap any handles on top of it. 

Protect the inside of your handbag from things like spills, especially if you frequently change your bag, by using a handbag liner. Not only will your bag be protected, but you'll also get even more pockets for storing things and a liner makes it easy to swap out bags quickly.

09
of 10

Do not wait until the last minute to make repairs to your handbag.

Purse repair services.

Don't wait to get those small repairs done because if you do, you may cause more bad than good. At the first sign of damage, visit your local seamstress or leather repair shop depending on what has actually happened.

10
of 10

Swap out your bags from time to time.

Swap out your handbags to keep them looking like new.
Swap out your handbags to keep them looking like new. Cultura RM Exclusive/Ben Pipe Photography / Getty Images

 The best way to keep your handbags looking like new? Swap them out from time to time! The more you use one bag the more worn it is going to be so be sure to rotate your bags regularly to prevent this from happening.

Follow these tips to keep your bags looking like new

When you spend money on a bag you want to know that it will last. Follow these steps and your bags will lost longer than you'd ever expect!