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by Kelly M. April 19, 2020 3 min read

Just a few days ago you invested in an expensive handbag and this morning in the heat of the moment it happened directly: a nasty nail scratch on the beautiful leather! Damn, and now? Don't panic, with a little patience and finesse it can be repaired. But so that this - and other damage caused by dirt, sweat and the like - doesn't happen to you in the first place, I'll tell you what to look out for immediately after buying a handbag. Designer pieces always mean a little work - at least if you want them to stay beautiful for a long time.

Remove small scratches

First we remove the small scratch on smooth leather. And this is actually quite simple. Grab a Q-tip, put some hand cream on it and carefully spread it over the scratch. Now take a microfibre cloth and polish the area cleanly. If the scratch is deeper, you may have to use shoe polish. Make sure that it has the same colour as the bag. Scratches in a suede handbag, on the other hand, can be removed by reaching for a shoeshine brush and roughening the leather a little at the corresponding spot. This changes the surface structure and the scratch becomes virtually invisible.

No more rubbed-off handles

Sometimes you can tell that a bag is loved. Not necessarily by the body, but by the handles. That's because hands always carry bacteria, dirt and sweat that can damage the leather in the long run. Even creamed hands are poison for beautiful leather. Because they cause grease stains. That's why it's important to use the right technique. And that means wearing it on and in the crook of your arm.

Bye Stains!

Another important tip, which is at the top of my list of handbag care tips, is the correct technique for removing stains. Because leather is sensitive and hardly forgives anything when it comes to stains. Top priority is that the faster you react to the stain, the better it can be treated. In many drugstores you can find special stain removers for leather that are gentle but effective. Try this. If that doesn't help, don't try any fancy home remedies like vinegar or flour. Instead, go straight to a professional. Professionals are mainly shoemakers who are very familiar with the texture of leather. There your handbag is in safe and experienced hands.

Remove odours

You've just been in a snack bar and now your handbag smells terribly of fat and food? No problem, that can be solved easily. Grab a Tupperware box that fits your handbag perfectly in terms of size. Fill it with baking powder and place it carefully opened in your handbag. The bag can be stored in an old pillowcase and you can wait for 24 hours. After that you won't smell anything, because the baking powder absorbs the unpleasant odours.

Proper storage is half the battle

If you don't carry your handbag, you will have to take care of it properly. Because handbags have their needs even in stand-by mode. Sunlight, for example, damages the leather in the long run. It can fade and dry out. So when you're not using them, store them in a way that protects them. You should also always stuff them. Tissue paper, old newspaper, a scarf or hat. Whatever you have at home, put it in your purse. That's the only way it will keep its shape over the years. Last, but not least, use the Dustbag. This is the fine cotton bag that the handbag comes in. And yes, it does have a function. Namely to protect the handbag from dust and dirt, but also from odours (for example from the kitchen).