10 Hacks to Make your Handbags Last Long

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You may be a bag lady, à la Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, or a level-headed, penny pincher who just found the perfect handbag in the right size. Either way, you’d  would want to make your precious handbag(s) last long. After all, a good handbag is not just a fashion accessory but a carryall for all your essentials. So keep your handbags looking good as new with these 10 easy hacks:

  1. Give Material-specific Care

Consider the material of your handbag in order to care for it. Some of the materials which are commonly used to make handbags are leather, faux leather, polyester, nylon, canvas, suede, vinyl, and cotton. And all of these materials require different kinds of care.

Care for your handbag according to its material. PC: Cosmopolitan UK
Care for your handbag according to its material. PC: Cosmopolitan UK

For example, for a leather or suede handbag, you need to apply an appropriate leather/suede protector to protect your bag from stains and moisture. Similarly, you must use a fabric protector for delicate and ‘Dry Clean Only’ fabrics like silk or wool.

  1. Protect the Handbag Lining

As they say, what’s inside counts as much as the outside. Keep the lining of your purse in a pristine condition by using a bag organizer (aka purse caddy). This would not only ensure that the lining of your bag remains as good as new but whenever you need to change your bags for the day, you can simply lift the bag organizer (with all your things in it) from one bag to the other effortlessly.

Handbag organizer
A handbag organizer is a must to protect the lining of your bag. PC: ebay

If you are carrying bottled liquids in your purse, ensure that the cap is firmly closed – you can also seal the cap with a cling film for extra protection. Make sure you carry capped pens instead of the retractable kinds and keep all stationery (including pointy pencils) in a neat pouch inside your bag. For make-up, you can carry it in a neat little box or pouch.

  1. Give your Bag a Regular Clean

When it comes to maintaining your bag, cleaning your bag regularly goes without saying. However, how regularly you clean your bag depends directly on the amount of usage. As always, before washing your bag, you must consider the material that it is made up.

Cleaning your handbag
Clean your bag with products meant for its material. PC: Amodexink YouTube channel

While you may be able to handwash your cotton or nylon bag, you must give your leather handbag to a professional for a clean up. In most cases, a quick wipe with a damp cloth and airing out the bag to remove malodors should suffice.

  1. Don’t Put your Bag on the Floor

As the ancient Chinese saying goes, “a purse on the floor is money out the door”. There are several valid reasons why you must never put your bag on the floor. One, floors are usually teeming with dust and grime which will make your handbag dirty within short periods of use.

Don't keep handbag on the floor.
Never keep your precious handbag on the floor. PC: 7themes.com

Two, someone can always trip or fall over your bag (hurting herself/himself in the process) or end up dropping something heavy on your bag, crushing its structure. Three, your bag has higher chances of being disfigured by the elements when it is lying down (lit cigarette stubs, water spills…you get the drift).

  1. Store them Properly

If you are not using your handbags every day, store them in an upright position in your closet or in any cool, dry and dark place. It would be best to keep them in a handbag case they came in or else, a clean cotton pillowcase should do.

How to store your handbags
Store your purses in upright position. PC: buckheadview.com

Keep them just like the retailers do by filling them up with tissues or foam to maintain their shape. You can also use clean old rags or acid-free tissues for the same purpose. Do remember to close the zips, and remove any detachable straps before storing them away.

  1. Don’t Overstuff your Bags

Never stuff your bags beyond their capacity as it may not only spoil the shape of your bag but can also end up damaging it permanently.



For example, if you overfill a leather handbag, it may cause the leather to stretch irreversibly and cause it to lose its form.  Similarly, the fibres of a cotton bag can weaken and the bag can eventually tear if it is stuffed beyond its capacity.

  1. Proceed With Caution While Removing Stains

Different stains need different treatment and it is always a good idea to spot care for any stain instead of washing the whole bag.

Spot care
Spot care for the stains on your handbag. PC:Wikihow

For a food stain, let white chalk powder sit over the stain for 8-10 hours and then brush it off. An oil stain can be removed by immediately rubbing in corn starch on it, and then brushing it off without letting it sit on the stain. Ink stain can be removed with a white eraser. However, if the ink has seeped inside the bag, you may need to give it to a professional for a clean.

  1. Keep your Hands Clean
Make sure your hands are not soiled before you touch your handbags. PC: Struttinginstyle
Make sure your hands are not soiled before you touch your handbags. PC: Struttinginstyle

Avoid touching your bag with soiled hands to prevent staining it. Be especially careful when you are eating with hands; organic matter deposited on your bag can eventually lead to a stink or even microbial growth which can be damaging to your bag. The lesser chemicals and products you use on your bag for cleaning it, the longer it will last.

  1. Sunlight and Moisture are your Bag’s Biggest Enemies

Never let your bag stay under direct sunlight as the sun can weaken the fibers of your bag and will give a frayed appearance to it sooner than usual.

Protect handbags from sunlight
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This means that even when you’re basking in the sunshine; make sure you keep your bag is hanging in the shade. Moisture is another thing you must keep away from your bag. In the case of accidental spillage, wipe off your bag with a towel and then hang or keep it in the shade to air-dry.

10.Maintain the Metal Straps, Handles or Accessories

Keep the metal straps, handles or accessories of your bag shiny by using a metal shine liquid to clean it. You can also wipe it with a lightly damp cloth and then dry it using a lint-free tissue or soft cloth.

Metal strap bags
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Avoid brushing the metal surfaces against hard surfaces as that may lead to scratches or even breakage. Never pull the zippers forcefully or try to force them to a close to ensure their sublime functioning.


Hope these tips help you keep your favourite handbags in tip top form! If you have any other tips to add or questions to ask, let us know in the comments below!


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Aparna Ghildiyal
I’m a true blue gypsy at heart. YES is my buzzword. Planning a travel adventure? You can always count me in. Treat me to good food, and you can be my friend forever. Fashion has been my guilty pleasure ever since I was a little girl who loved poring over the sparkling jewels and opulent gowns of Disney princesses. Keeping fit and showing love to my body is what keeps me feeling good. I LOVE those looooong discussions and stimulating experiences concerning spirituality, religion, and things beyond – the explorer in me is forever fascinated by these. A neuroscientist-turned-writer-turned-online marketer, my little 5-year-old career has seen me wearing multiple hats. In my world, there are no rules chiefly because I ain’t got no motivation to make or break ‘em.

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