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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Caring For Your Vintage Purses


Vintage Outfit with Purse
Photo Credit:  Nancy Qian


Hi Vintage Purse Fans!  Owning Vintage Purses requires some care that you may or may not give to your newer bags.  They may be a little bit more delicate, have leather that is a little bit more worn, or just need a treatment to bring them back to life.  Whatever the case...here are some good tips for your Vintage Purses:

1.  Always store your bags in a cool, dry place that is free from dander, dust or smoke.
2.  Keep them in storage bags - if you don't have any, you may use something as simple as a pillow case.
3.  Clean the leather ones with a good leather cleaner or saddle soap.  Finish by rinsing well, drying, and applying a moisturizer like mink oil
4.  Apply a small amount of toothpaste to an old toothbrush and carefully polish metal hardware.  Buff dry with a soft cloth
5.  Wipe the interior of the bag with a damp cloth (could use a small amount of soap).  Do not do this to any silk or satin interiors, only cotton or nylon.  If the interior is suede, it is not good to get it wet, so use a brush instead.
6.  Rub zippers with beeswax to keep them in good working order.
7.  Brush suede exteriors with a good suede brush, brush in an upward fashion.
8.  Stuff purses with paper when storing to help them retain their shape.
9.  Take to a professional leather cleaner or shoe repair shop if there are any major repairs needed.  But, if you have a Louie Vuitton or similar bag, contact the company since they will often do the repairs.

And, last but not least...enjoy all your vintage bags! : )

Until next time.... CHOW!! : )

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    • Clean leather by applying a small amount of leather cleaner or saddle soap to a cloth and lightly rubbing soiled areas in a circular motion, wipe clean and allow to dry. Moisturize the purse by applying a small amount of leather moisturizer to a piece of cloth, then rubbing the moisturizer onto the exterior of the purse using small circular motions.
    • 2
      Clean suede by brushing the suede in an upward motion using a suede brush or thick towel. Remove dry stains with a tip of a coarse eraser.
    • 3
      Clean the interior of the bag by removing small particles of dirt with a lint or fabric brush. Wipe the interior of the bag with a damp cloth.
    • 4
      Add a small amount of silver or brass polisher to a piece of cloth and lightly polish your purse's hardware. Remove excess polish and buff clean.
    • 5
      Rub zippers with beeswax to keep them running smoothly and easily up the zipper track. Apply a small amount of WD-40 to a rusted zipper to remove rust.
    • 6
      Sew loose seams and interior lining rips with a sewing machine or by hand, using an appropriate needle type and matching thread.
    • 7
      Stuff acid-free tissue paper inside the bag, place the bag in its original dust bag or into a cotton pillow case, then store the bag in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight.



Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4818169_care-clean-vintage-handbags-purses.html





    • Clean leather by applying a small amount of leather cleaner or saddle soap to a cloth and lightly rubbing soiled areas in a circular motion, wipe clean and allow to dry. Moisturize the purse by applying a small amount of leather moisturizer to a piece of cloth, then rubbing the moisturizer onto the exterior of the purse using small circular motions.
    • 2
      Clean suede by brushing the suede in an upward motion using a suede brush or thick towel. Remove dry stains with a tip of a coarse eraser.
    • 3
      Clean the interior of the bag by removing small particles of dirt with a lint or fabric brush. Wipe the interior of the bag with a damp cloth.
    • 4
      Add a small amount of silver or brass polisher to a piece of cloth and lightly polish your purse's hardware. Remove excess polish and buff clean.
    • 5
      Rub zippers with beeswax to keep them running smoothly and easily up the zipper track. Apply a small amount of WD-40 to a rusted zipper to remove rust.
    • 6
      Sew loose seams and interior lining rips with a sewing machine or by hand, using an appropriate needle type and matching thread.
    • 7
      Stuff acid-free tissue paper inside the bag, place the bag in its original dust bag or into a cotton pillow case, then store the bag in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight.



Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4818169_care-clean-vintage-handbags-purses.html

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