CARE & MAINTENANCE

How To Clean
 

Polyester is a durable fabric that it’s easy to care for but should be handled properly to keep it looking its best.

  • Fill a sink or laundry basin with warm water and a small amount of mild laundry liquid detergent. Swish the water with your hand to create suds. Submerge your bag in the water. Ensure that the entire bag is drenched with the soapy water. Allow the bag to remain in the cleaning mixture for one hour.
  • Remove the bag from the water and rub it with a damp cloth. Scrub any stains on the bag with an old toothbrush. Drain the soapy water from the sink or basin.
  • Allow the bag to air dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight or heat. If the bag will not hold its shape while damp, fill with white tissue paper. Don't use colored paper or newspapers since ink can transfer.
  • word of caution: Prevent color transfer by different fabric. Bring it back to the boutique immediately if your bag gets stained.

How To Care for Seams, Zippers, and Lining

1.Refresh your bag's hardware. 

For hardware on the handbag, use a good quality metal polish or brass cleaner to help bring back the shine. This will work best if you use a light hand because most of the hardware is plated base metal. Dip a cotton swab in the polish and apply to the metal. Use a clean soft white cloth to buff away the tarnish. Be very careful to keep the clean off the handbag fabric or straw as it can cause discoloration.

If the metal accents on your favorite bag are scratched, apply a metallic leafing pen to fill in the scratched areas. You can buy this inexpensive pen at craft and art supply stores for 5 to 7 dollars. Fill in the scratched hardware with the pen, then let the metal pieces dry for a minimum of two hours.

2.Pamper the inner lining of your bag.

 Clean the interior of the bag by gently pulling it from the inside out, and swiping a lint roller inside the bag to remove dust and debris. If you can't pull the lining up and out of your bag, can use the small fabric brush attachment of your vacuum to clean. If the inside of your bag smells moldy, place a cedar or lavender sachet inside the bag for a month to refresh the interior.

3.Don't neglect your zippers.

Keep your zippers opening and closing smoothly, by smoothing a pea-sized amount of natural beeswax along the teeth of the zipper to maintain your fasteners’ grip.

How To Store
  • Stash your bag in its original dust bag and fill it with stuffing—use butter paper, never newspaper, which will smear— to maintain its shape.
  • Keep the dustbagged product in its original box, along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn't get damp.
  • Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold. 
  • Rotation is key. Everyday use of your bag will wear it out, so switch things up every month.