Ingenious ways to clean your handbags

The cost of handbags don’t come cheap, so when your handbag has a nasty spill on it, all hell breaks loose. There are many stains that are a girl’s worst nightmare when it comes to her handbags. Pen smudges, dirt, and scuff marks – they are the work of the devil. And for this enemy, holy water is not your last resort. Luckily there are many different techniques you can use to get rid of stains on your favourite handbags.

 

Identify the aggressor

 

To be able to tackle the stain you need to be able identify the culprit before removing it from your beloved bag. Each aggravator calls for a different solution so identify the stain so you can apply the best method to clean your handbags.

 

The type of stain and its kryptonite

 

Oil

Cornstarch works wonders on oil stained handbags. The powder will soak up any of the remaining oil marks, by simply dabbing a damp cloth with the cornstarch. After you have dabbed the cornstarch on the bag, do a touch up hours later with a plain damp cloth.

 

Pen or pencil smudges

Who would have thought that an eraser is not only useful on paper? Gently rub the eraser over the stain that smudged the area on the bag. Be careful not to overdo it as this could cause permanent discoloration to the piece.

 

Dirt

By using dishwashing detergent or hand soap, you can easily get rid of dirt on your handbags. Softly stroke the dirty spots until clean. Then apply untreated damp cloth to gently wipe off the excess dirt from the bag.

 

Odor

No one wants to walk around with a smelly bag. There is no point looking fantastic, but there is a stench on your side that you simply can’t get rid of. And don’t bother with using spray, on a hot day, the spray will only intensify the odor. Use baking soda by placing an open container of baking soda inside the purse and allow it to sit for at least a day or two, or until the all trace of putrid smells are gone.

 

Scruff marks (on leather)

Make use of a leather cleaner that you will find at any shoe store or a drug store.  Follow the directions of the cleaner and remember that gentle and small strokes with a soft cloth are best. The last thing you want is to spoil your expensive leather bag.