7 Ways You’re Destroying Your Designer Handbag

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So you’ve given your credit card a good workout and bought the designer handbag of your dreams. *Insert soundtrack to The Sound Of Music here*

Now what?

“Most luxury bags are well equipped to handle everyday wear and tear. However, most of us are unaware that some of the things we do in our everyday lives can actually damage our handbag, including how we store them and even how we clean them,” says Alexandra Mills, CEO of Brands Exclusive, an online retailer specializing in designer handbags for less.

However, the good news is you can easily avoid the damage by steering clear of these seven rookie designer handbag maintenance mistakes…

1. Exposing it to moisture

“Moisture which can lead to mold and mildew, is by far the biggest threat to your designer handbag, so make sure to store it in a dry, cool place,” recommends Mills.

Never store your designer BFF in plastic bags either, as they can make the leather sweat and produce moisture.

2. Throwing away the silica gel packets

“Keep the little packets of silica gel that normally come with the bag, and put them in your bag when you’re not using it,” advises Mills. Why? Turns out those humble little packets will actually help keep the moisture away. Who knew?

3. Exposing it to salt

“If you live near the beach, it is extra important to make sure to store your bag properly as the salt in the air can tarnish the hardware, such as the zip and buckles,” says Mills.

So put your bag in a dustbag when you’re not using it, and store it safely away in a dry cupboard.

4. Putting it on a dirty floor

According to Mills, the worst damage to your bag will be done when you put it on the floor when you’re out and about.

“Get a bag hook that you can easily carry in your bag, so next time you’re at a bar or restaurant, you can just hook your handbag to the table.”

5. Not removing stains right away

If you do get a stain, get it removed and cleaned professionally as soon as possible – try a shoe maker or a bag spa (yep, they exist!).

6. Cleaning it with baby wipes

“Many swear by cleaning their bags with baby wipes, but be careful – especially if the wipes contain alcohol, as they can tarnish the surface and color of your handbag,” warns Mills.

To be on the safe side, try on a small area of the bag (like underneath it) to see how it reacts.

7. Not protecting the lining

“Use a makeup case or a handbag organizer to avoid makeup stains or keys scratching the lining,” says Mills.

Although baby wipes can tarnish the outside of your bag, they are great for keeping the inside of your designer handbag clean.

To shop designer handbags for less, head to Brands Exclusive.