by ABARA SG on Nov 19, 2022
We need to consider the proper storage of handbags from the very basics, because we are all bag collectors now and you can consider this a life skill. With each handbag you buy, it becomes expedient that you don't do anything that will damage and reduce the value of your handbag collection. It does cost a fortune in hard-earned money!
Make it a habit to clean your handbag before putting it away; There’s no point in storing your handbag if it is soiled. Daily use of any bag leaves soil, oils, and dirt on your bag. You need to remove these prior to storing your handbag. Some experts recommend using professional liquids but, in a pinch, simply use a damp soft towel to go over your bag to remove any accumulated grime. Don't forget to clean the interior of your bag too
For a leather bag, it's best to use a dry, soft cloth. This is especially important for untreated leather bags or natural leather bags since water can stain leather. Although most leather bags will recover from water stains, there's no need to risk damaging your handbag. You can use a commercial leather cleaning solution if you prefer. Just be sure you allow the handbag to dry before storing it.
One of the ways not to store handbags is to hang them on the back of a door, a chair or a rack. This can warp your bag or misshape its handles. Always store your bags on a shelf or flat surface. Be careful that your closet shelf has enough space to accommodate all your purses. Allot enough space for each bag, so they don't squash each other. Avoid getting discoloration or marks on your handbags from cramped storage. Keep the handbag hardware from touching other handbags.
You can store your bag in its original box to keep its shape, but beware that the lack of air movement can cause mold and mildew.
Most handbags aren't designed to be folded, so for storage, re-stuff them, preferably with the original stuffing that came with your handbag. Or substitute with fabric remnants, acid-free paper towel/tissue paper; You can also use bag pillows inserts.
Most bags now come with a dust bags, which you should always use, or use a cotton pillowcase, if you have lost yours.
When storing your handbags, avoid direct sunlight since this will damage the leather or fabric and cause fading and cracking. Select a closet that is dark and dry. There should be adequate ventilation to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. High humidity areas are also a no-no since moisture can cause mold and mildew. In such instances, employ a small dehumidifier.
Every few months, give your handbags a quick checkup. You can remove them from the dust covers to inspect for mold, mildew, any cracking, or other signs of deterioration.