When you've invested a lot of money in a handbag, making sure it's a forever item is a must. But taking care of leather goods can be tricky and when they are ones you seriously care about, so much more is a stake.
The place to start, says Jordan Smith of the Handbag Clinic, is with prevention. "Always protect your bag with a reputable protection cream/treatment, this should be done from day one and applied at least once every two to three months.
"Proper protection can prevent staining, grease penetration and can prevent all manner of issues later on.
"As well as protecting, regular cleaning, even if it is just a quick wipe down is a must. For a quick wipe down, a damp cloth is enough, but typically bags will need a more thorough clean by a professional or using specialist cleaning products every 2-3 months to keep them in top condition."
To banish ever-lingering smells...put an open container of baking powder carefully inside your bag, place your bag into a dustbag or pillow case and leave for 24 hours. The baking powder should absorb any unwanted odours.
Advice from Jordan as well as Rokaya Namira, the Accessories Expert at Elias Dry Cleaners.
Excerpt from www.cosmopolitan.co.uk
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