5 Tips to Take Care of Your Handbag

chriselle_lim_5_tips_care_your_handbag_cover When it comes to taking care of your things, purses usually fall under the radar, sitting comfortably under phone and shoes. Purses are so unassumingly durable that it’s hard to imagine it could need any sort of care-taking. But in the long run, the wear and tear will start showing in your purse if you don’t take care of it! I’m sharing 5 simple tips I have to maintain the pristine quality of your purse.

1. Use products

It may be surprising, but there are products you can use to take care of your purse. I like spraying my purses with a rain and stain repellent to protect my purses. (Not so much from rain, but from me accidentally spilling liquids on it, as I’m so prone to do!) Also try to make it a habit to wipe down your purse once in a while with product so the stains don’t become permanent, or to just give it that newly bought shine.


2. Stuff your purse to maintain its shape

I like to have a lot of large purses, but that also means they require a bit of maintenance compared to my smaller purses. I like to put a sweater I’m not wearing for the season into my larger purses to maintain its shape. Tissue paper or newspaper also works but I like using a softer material so it’s more organic!


This purse can easily cave in when it’s empty!



3. Keep your dust bags

Your purses usually comes with a dust bag– keep them! They’re great for protecting your bags when you’re not using them. I like putting my leather purses into their dust bags after so the leather maintains its luster.


4. Use a clutch to hold your liquids

I can’t tell you guys how many times I accidentally spilled lotion or foundation in my purse. It’s also a pain moving my products every time I switched purses. Putting them all into a clutch helps me find my products easily and now when I switch bags, all I need to move is my wallet and my clutch.


5. Store your bags on a shelf

I used to hang my purses in my closet, but after a while I realized that it was causing wear and tear on the handles from the weight (especially if I didn’t take my things out of my purse). If you have a shelf or a flat ledge, I recommend putting your purses there because that way you don’t stretch the handles and it’s protected from any roaming frenchies or accidental spills!

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Photography by Karen Chen

 And there you have it, my 5 tips on maintaining your purses! Purses are so important in pulling an outfit together, it’s definitely worth it to maintain its quality for as long as you can. Do you guys have any tips for me on how you take care of your purses? I’d love to know, share with me in the comments!


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  • Angie Wilson says:

    I’m loving this post. great tips!

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  • Some great tips! I used to hang my purses as well. Until I got serious damage to one of my leather bags. So I learned it the hard way. Your second last tip I should really start doing as well. Liquids are always risky… And it’s indeed practical to move your stuff from one purse to the other this way.

    x Aurélie

  • Winnie says:

    Hi! Can i ask where did you get the flat clutch/pouch for your liquids from?


  • Nadja says:

    I agree with all of these. I think it’s important to take care of leather bags so it doesn’t get dry and starts to crack in some parts.

  • Jinger Kat says:

    Great tips ~ thanks

  • Lisa says:

    I have a Chloe bag that has marks on the handles and around the edges so I’ll definitely use your suggestions. How do you feel about taking it to a leather cleaner, do you trust them? If anyone lives in South FL would love any references for a bag cleaner. Thanks!

  • Jill Smith says:

    I find Dubbin the cream footballers use for cleaning there boots is fantastic on leather bags. A good rub of it makes your bag water proof and it gives a good matt finish. Have used it for years. Your bag never gets marked as things you bump into just slides of it.

  • marianne says:

    some great tips here – will definitely share them with our followers and clients!

  • Marky says:

    Great post! I very much enjoyed reading it! Your tips remined me to go to spray my purses for the new cold/wet season! 😉
    xx, Marky

  • Martina says:

    Thank you so much Chriselle for your tips!
    I found them really helpful, especially the one with stuffing the purse.

  • Yao Yao says:

    Great post, love to see these kinds of post more ^^ What I also do is: when there is dirt on my bag, I wipe it with a baby wipe. Baby wipes are really gentle. Actually it works a little bit, cause some of the dirt just disappeared.

  • Juliana says:

    I love these posts too, they are so helpful and encourage me to do just the same. Clean my bags, clean my shoes, whatever it is, they’re helpful. Thanks dear!

    XOXO JuJu

  • I Love these posts, so handy


  • Natalie says:

    I find nail polish/varnish remover is great for cleaning synthetic bags. With a cotton wool ball, rub it over the surface and it removes most marks, especially on white bags. 96% Alcohol also works, but isn’t as effective! And I love the clutch and the clutch idea!

  • Yunmi says:

    Thanks! Could you share where you got your gold shelf?

  • Liz says:

    I love this post! It is super helpful since I am a firm believer that an investment bag is something that should be kept in pristine condition for a long time.

  • Jules says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have a specific question about Longchamp bags. I have a white one that is super dirty and stained. I don’t want to carry it anymore so I want to just donate it but wanted to double check if there was a way to clean it? I already tried soap and toothbrush.


  • Christy Lau says:

    love it!

  • Vivian says:

    I always keep my duster bags for when I’m not using my handbag~ great advice~

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  • Mikayla says:

    Thank you for sharing this Chriselle – much appreciated!!


  • Barbara1923 says:

    Really great tips Chriselle. I especially like the tip about stuffing larger purses with soft, wearable fabric like sweaters. I keep mine stored in their dust bags mainly because I don’t have space to either hang them or place them anywhere.
    You can be sure that when I do, I will definitely be following these tips.
    Lagos, Nigeria

  • sasa says:

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing<3

  • Melissa says:

    Great tips Chriselle and great bags<3

  • TERESA says:

    Thanks for the tips, I’ve been so irritated lately cause 2 of my favorite purses have been showing a little bit of wear and tear.

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  • Very helpful advice, thanks for sharing! Xoxo

  • Lisa says:

    Oh I wish I did any of those things.
    Why do the smallest things sometimes seem to take the most effort. 😀

  • Emily says:

    Great tips!! Now I just need a super nice bag 🙂

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