Tips for Cleaning & Caring
for Your Handbags

Today’s the day. You’ve been waiting for that “your package has been delivered” text on your phone. Your handmade bag is finally here! You rip open the box, and it’s gorgeous! Vibrant colors, scrumptious textures. Nothing could be finer.
But what if some rude passerby bumps into you making coffee spill on you and your amazing bag during your commute? OMG…what do you do? Don’t worry, we got you covered. We’ll give you some tips on cleaning your beloved bag as well as how to maintain and protect it for years to come.

Unload It First

This may sound obvious, but it’s true. Remove everything from your purse before you go to work on that stain. Treating a stain with your stuff still inside could stretch the fabric.

Easy Does It

Blot the stain with a soft absorbent cloth. Then, treat the stain with your favorite mild stain remover. Test the product in a small inconspicuous area first to see what it does. Once you’ve found a product that works safely, gently go to work on that stain.

Other considerations

Do you have a hunch that washing the entire handbag will get rid of the stain and give it a good cleaning too? You could wash it by hand in the sink with mild dish detergent and water. Or, you could put it in a tied pillowcase and place in the washing machine on the hand wash setting. But first, do some research on the fabric. Find out what the material (yarn, fabric) is made of in order to determine how to wash it. It’s also worth it to invest in a sweater rack for laying your washed handbags flat to dry.
If your handbag has significant amounts of leather (we use cork leather), it would be better to spot clean only. It’s all about the type of material when it comes to washing your handbag.

Store It Wisely

How you store your bag is one of the most important factors in its “shelf life”. Is it stored up in a hot attic somewhere, or is it placed in a nice dust cover in a room that’s a proper temperature? 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Also, beware of humidity. High humidity can cause mold and mildew. Very low humidity can cause certain materials to crack or fray. Last but not least, make sure your bags are stored in dust resistant fabric covers, so they stay clean and can breathe.

Handcrafted items are near and dear to our hearts. And they can be easy to care for, too with a little know-how and TLC. Interested in learning more about our handmade bags and how to care for them? Check out Hook & Rope for unique handmade bags or visit our Care & Cleaning section for more tips.

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