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How to clean and care for your leather handbag

by: marieclaire

We all know investing in a designer handbag can be a great investment, especially as its value will most certainly have increased by the time you resell it.

However, how you care for it will impact its value, as if it shows too many signs of wear and tear, people won’t be willing to pay as much for it.

  1. Protect your handbag from day one

We recommend using leather protection cream as soon as you take it home. It adds a protective barrier to leather that repels stains and protects the surface from wear and tear.

  1. Clean your bag regularly

Whether it’s new or old, as well as protecting your bag, regular cleaning is a must.


  1. Only use specialist leather cleaners

Never use baby wipes, vinegar or any other ‘home remedy’ for cleaning.

  1. Keep your bag in a dust bag when not in use

If your handbag came with a dust bag, use it! This will prevent the build-up of dust when it’s not in use and prevent any accidental scuffs.


  1. Keep your bag stuffed

When not in use, stuff your bag with bubble wrap or even some old clothing to help keep its shape.

  1. Avoid holding the handles too much

Admittedly, this is a bit of an odd one but natural oils from the skin or oils from moisturisers can damage the leather and cause it to discolour!