How To: Take care of your purse

Take care of your purse

Purses are an important part of any outfit but it can be difficult and expensive to keep replacing them. Take good care of your purse now and you won't have to be shifting through the purse racks next department store sale.

Proper storage and care for your purse will keep it looking new.

You Will Need

* Vacuum attachment or lint roller
* Makeup bag
* Protective "feet"
* Alcohol-free baby wipes
* Leather conditioner
* Acid-free tissue paper
* Cotton bag or pillowcase

Step 1: Clean interior

Clean the interior of a purse by gently shaking out debris. Clean the liner with a vacuum cleaner attachment or a lint roller.

Step 2: Keep makeup

Keep the lining clean by putting makeup in a separate bag and keeping the caps on your pens.

Step 3: Take to professional

Have a professional repair person put protective "feet" on the bottom of the purse to protect it from dirt and scratches.

Take your purse to a professional for large stains and scuffs. Do not try to clean it yourself.

Step 4: Clean exterior

Clean the exterior of a leather purse with alcohol-free baby wipes. Apply leather conditioner once a year.

Step 5: Fill

Fill the purse with acid-free tissue paper to maintain the purse's shape when you're not using it.

Step 6: Use

Use a cotton bag or pillowcase to store your purse. Keep your bag away from heat.

The Smithsonian National Museum uses acid-free paper, tissue, folders, labels, and boxes to prevent artifacts from decomposing and discoloring.

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