How to protect your handbag from water damage

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Suede? Distressed leather? There are fabric rules when it comes to handbag care

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Severe water mark stains on your new designer handbag are something you should really consult a professional garment cleaner about, there are a few things you can do before it gets that far.

Remember, just like you wouldn't smooth spiral curls with a brush through, there are horses for courses when it comes to caring for handbags made of certain materials.

Use Handbag protection spray regularly


Whatever your handbag is made from, it's good practice to use protection spray. Prevention is always better than cure, as they do indeed say.

Dry cloths are best for suede handbags


If you've splashed your suede handbag, try dabbing the area with a clean dry cloth, before letting the damp spots dry naturally. No blasting with the hairdryer please.

Ask fast to protect leather handbags


You should be able to limit any rain or water damage by gentle wiping the bag with a dry towel. Tanned leathers are more susceptible to staining, so if you do get caught in a downpour, give your handbag a wipe down as soon as you reach dry land.

Use rain protector for distressed leather handbags


Be careful with handbag conditioners and creams, as they can saturate the textured leather to leave marks and blobs in the original effect. While a is best practice, try gently dabbing the damp areas if it's already a bit too late.

A dry cloth is best for fur handbags


Again, refrain from giving your handbag a blow dry! Reach for a dry clean cloth if your fur handbag gets wet, and gently wipe it in the same direction as the fur. The same goes for calf hair and pony skin.

Wipe clean python handbags the right way


Be it python, crocodile or some other exotic scale, it's important to always dry in the direction of the arrangement.

If your handbag has already been noticeably damaged by rain or water however, it's time to call in the experts. While some dry cleaners will offer specialist leather or handbag services, a leather technician should be easy enough to track down. If in doubt type, "oh bum I've got my handbag wet" in Google

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