Your bag is your mate; endlessly hauling your belongings around without fail. And just as you take care of your mate, you ought to take care of your bag. That way your friendship with mutual benefits can last even longer. Bags are relatively easy to look after and care for. Some materials such as leather however do need extra love and care to have them looking fresh for longer. But there is a general code to bag maintenance that will ensure that your bags last and stay looking good as well. Some of these general tips in this code include
Clean your bag as often as possible and not only after visible specks of dirt. It is not only good for your bag but for you as well because hygiene levels can be kept high that way. It is important to note that leather requires a little more attention than soap and water. Fabric bags on the other hand are very easy to clean with soap and water. Leather bags often need special cleaners and conditioners. There are a size-able number of options out there and it is your homework to find the best cleaner and conditioner for your leather bag. On finding a suitable product, go right ahead and use them on your leather bag for better life out of the material. There are some professionals that will take care of your leather bag and accessories at a fee. The professional route may be a better option for some but working on your own bags brings out that personal touch. Suede bags; like leather bags also need suede cleaners for better cleaning. You will be glad to learn that suede is a better material to work with and is not as stressful as leather. It is important to let your bag to completely dry before you can resume to using it.
The quality of a bag deteriorates even when it is in storage. How you store your bag determines how long your bag will last. Cotton canvas bags are very easy to store as they can be folded comfortably. This explains their popularity. Other types of bags such as vinyl bags will develop kinks if folded for storage and especially for long periods of time. An old and great trick for bag storage is stuffing your bag and then storing it in an upright position in a cool dry place. You can stuff your bag with bubble wrap or even using your old clothes. Hanging bags is often a short term storage solution as prolonged hanging can leave marks on the bag material. You can hang your bag overnight as a temporary storage solution. It is advised to hang it with no load to reduce the strain. If you intend to store your bag for a long period of time, always clean it frequently to avoid any visible signs of neglect that may crop up.
Do not overload
Always stay within the load limits of your bag. Exceeding the limit will almost always result in accelerated wear and tear. It will strain your bag fabric as well as zippers and seams which may even give in to this pressure ans break. Carry only the essentials in your bag. This unplanned wear and tear is obviously not good news if you intend to use your bag for long periods of time. It will also mean that you have to deal with extra repair costs that would have otherwise been avoided. Always plan your trip before hand and that way you will have an easier time deciding what to carry. When loading your bag, avoid sharp objects that may puncture your bag. It is also advisable to load using a pattern that balances all the sides of your bag without putting strain on one side or the other. It is also advisable to wrap objects that may soil your bag such as dirty shoes before you load them into your bag.
Unnecessary moisture is no good for your bag. Moisture deteriorates your fabric and leather faster than any other agent out there. It is therefore important to keep your bag dry. Store it in a dry place to prevent any contact with moisture. In cases of rain, invest in a weather proof cover for your bag or even a small umbrella that you can easily carry in the same bag. Another key point is making sure that your bag is completely dry every time you wash it. You should also make sure that any liquids you carry in your bag are capped to avoid any accidental spillages in the bag.
Fix and repair
Check your bags regularly for any holes that may need to be sewed up. It is advisable to mend any small holes you see early before they develop into gaping holes. Always make sue your zippers are working properly and replace them if need be. Make sure your Velcro linings are also working well. These two components are very important because they keep your components inside secure. Check the inside linings as well. Make this checks a routine to make sure your bag is always in tip top shape.
Extra care tips for your bag may include:
- Always replace cracked buckles.
- Do not leave your bag on the floor even for short periods of time.
- Wipe off any stains at first sight
- Research on the appropriate cleaning products.