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Things you should do to protect your handbags

Updated on January 15, 2012

For those of us that love handbags, protecting them is a very important thing to do. Most handbag lovers want their bags / purses to look good for many years down the road. After all, we invested a significant amount of money in these handbags. This hub is all about keeping your designer handbags in the best condition possible for many years.

Dust bag / dust cover – Many designer handbags come with a dust bag. You must use the dust bag whenever storing your handbags. They will keep dust, dirt and other unpleasant things away from your purses. However, some handbags do not come with dust covers. In that case, you can simply use a white pillow case (other colored pillow case might leave its dye on the handbags) to store the bag in. It essentially functions like a dust bag / dust cover.

Ask for a box at the retailer – Many high end designer handbags have boxes available. When I bought my first Louis Vuitton bag, the Damier ebene speedy 30, I didn't know about boxes. If I did, I would ask for one because Louis Vuitton has really sturdy boxes. High end handbags should be kept in their dust bags and placed in their own boxes to prevent them from getting damaged. Now, I ask for a box whenever I make a new purchase. It does take a lot of space for storing, but our investment pieces will stay nicer for a longer time.

Bag hanger – You should carry a bag hanger with you at all times because it is so useful. It can attach itself to a table and act as a hook. At many places, you are forced to put your handbags on the floor. This is not good for the bottom of the bag and will damage the corners overtime. It is very good to hang the bag on the bag hanger to protect the bottom. Plus, you can keep your designer handbag closer to you in public places.

Keep leather and cloth handbags away from the sun – Leather and cloth (fabric) handbags should be kept out of the sun at all times. For some fabric handbags, sun exposure might gradually change its color to a duller color. Nobody like their handbags faded. Leather handbags are also sensitive to sunlight. If the leather is not properly cared for and exposed to the sun for a long time, it might crack. When not in use, it is so important to keep them in the closet.

Don't hang the bag – When handbags are in storage, the worst thing you can do is hang them like clothes. When you do that, you are putting stress on the handles every minute you hang it. Even for lower end handbags with no dust bags or boxes, you can still keep them on a shelf inside your closet.

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      Very useful information, some pay too much money for handbags just to throw them around. At some prices they better last a body's lifetime. Thank you for sharing, voted up, marked useful and interesting

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