purses can be a major investment and a crucial part of a woman's wardrobe, so owners would do well to heed the cleaning and storage guidelines recommended by a purse's maker. Those who attempt to clean an expensive purse without checking instructions may get an unpleasant surprise in the form of unsightly discoloration. To prevent such upsets, Coach provides an excellent resource that tells customers which cleaning methods work best for each of its purses. The company also produces a line of its own special cleaners and leather moisturizers. If a purse is more pretty than pedigreed, owners might prefer to try a few home cleaning techniques. But if there is any uncertainty about the outcome of such attempts, owners are better off taking the purse to a professional cleaner, who can evaluate the damage and dirt and provide expert refinishing services. Fabric purses can often be treated with Scotchgard or a similar product to prevent future soiling. Of course, much damage can be avoided altogether with proper handling and the right storage solutions.
There are some definite dos and donts when it comes to treating a purse well. Any kind of ink can stain a purse, so things as simple as keeping it off newsprint, books and magazines can prolong a purses life. People should also always remember to place pen caps back on before putting them in their purses to avoid staining the inside.
Makeup, if kept in a purse, should be placed in its own special pouch. Because makeup can easily stain a purse, owners should also avoid picking up their purses immediately after applying lotions or other cosmetics. Over time, these products can even stain leather straps.
Martha Stewart Living warns that purses left hanging on a hook for too long will begin to wear at the straps. Therefore, a coat rack is not a desirable place to leave a purse for more than a few days. Those with serious collections should think about installing cubbyholes in their closets for purse storage. That way, their purses can breathe without being jostled by boots and scarves. A plastic bin will also suffice.
If the purse came with a flannel drawstring pouch, owners should use that to protect the exterior in storage. A soft cotton pillowcase works just as well. Also, filling a purse with wadded up tissue paper can help the purse maintain its shape if it is not stiff.
Basic purse Care
Blast Magazine recommends that purses be cleaned professionally at the first signs of soiling. No matter what the purse is made of, a professional cleaner will be needed to remove even small stains, though there are some ways owners can remove light dirt and debris. A purses lining can be given the once-over with a lint roller or even a vacuum cleaner attachment. A lint roller can also get dust off the exterior of a fabric purse. A suede brush can perk up a purse made of suede, as long as the owner is careful not to over brush, which can thin the hair.
Depending on the type of leather purse, there are a number of light cleaning techniques to make them shine. Normal leather can be cleaned using alcohol-free baby wipes and treated with a leather conditioner to keep the exterior supple and moisturized. Leather conditioner also works for alligator skin purses when applied with a lint-free cloth. Patent leather can be shined with cheesecloth lightly dampened with white vinegar, then dried with a clean cloth