These days, fashion looks a bit different. We’re no longer putting together on-trend outfits and carefully selecting accessories. With shelter-at-home orders in place, we’re living in cozy loungewear. And in some communities, our only accessory is one that’s required — a face mask. No complaining here! We are 100% on board with any and all measures that will help contain this virus, and admittedly are grateful for a break from high-waisted jeans and high heels.
But what about our beloved bags?? A great purse isn’t an everyday staple anymore. As we continue to remain indoors, our handbags aren’t getting any use. That said, it’s the perfect time to take extra care of your handbag by cleaning and storing it properly. Our friends at Angela Roi, a super-chic luxury vegan line, have put together a few answers to the most common questions they’ve received regarding bag care and maintenance:
How do I sanitize and disinfect my bags?
Use hand sanitizing wipes or spray to disinfect the outer material of the bag. Gently rub the outer surface when wiping. Please let the bag air dry. For extra clean storage, spray one pump of Febreze inside the bag and seal the bag in a plastic bag package before putting it into the dust bag.
How do I keep the bags waterproof and dry?
If the bag does get extremely wet, wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth and air dry the bag. Proceed to pat dry the exterior and interior and let it air dry. We don’t recommend using a hairdryer for this.
What are some general Angela Roi tips for storing and taking care of a handbag?
Store your handbag in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or humidity. When not in use, store in a protective dust bag, and stuff with clean paper to retain its shape. Don’t stack handbags on top of one another.
How do I keep bags spotless and clean?
If you stain the exterior, use a mild unscented moisturizer (such as Cetaphil) on a lint-free towel that is generally used to wipe sunglasses. In a circular motion, rub the stain gently. Please don’t use excessive force that might damage the bag. You may also use a lighter fluid instead of moisturizer to wipe the bag clean.
How do I maintain the bag’s natural shape?
Stuff the bag to its full capacity for 2-3 days. You can always stuff the bag to give it the desired shape when not in use. This will prevent it from slouching and enable the proper form.