LOUIS VUITTON BAG CARE: TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP YOUR BAG LOOKING NEW
So whether you save your LV bags for a special occasion or lug around your trusted Louis Vuitton carryall everywhere, this guide will help you to make the most out of your collection.
Clean Your Bag Regularly
One of the most important things you can do to keep your Louis Vuitton bag looking new is to clean it regularly. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of the bag, being careful not to get water on any of the leather or hardware. For tougher stains, use a mild soap and water solution, but be sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous area first. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as these can damage the leather.
When it comes to cleaning your Louis Vuitton bag, less is more. Whether your bag is made from leather or canvas, ensure you treat it with care, avoiding overcleaning as this may do more harm than good.
Store Your Bag Properly
Proper storage is key to maintaining the shape and structure of your Louis Vuitton bag. When not in use, store your bag in its dust bag or a soft, breathable fabric bag. Avoid storing it in plastic as this can trap moisture and cause damage to the leather. Additionally, avoid hanging your bag by its straps, as this can cause stretching and distortion over time. Instead, lay it flat or store it upright on a shelf or in a drawer.
Your Louis Vuitton bag’s vachetta cowhide leather trim and finishings will patina over time. This means the leather will become significantly darker with age and transform from a light tan hue to a dark brown shade. Nothing can be done to prevent Louis Vuitton bags with vachetta cowhide leather from developing a patina however, if you wish to slow this process it’s best to keep your bag covered and away from light when you’re not using it.
Avoid Direct Sunlight and Heat
Direct sunlight and heat can cause damage to the leather and colour of your Louis Vuitton bag. Avoid leaving your bag in a hot car or in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. If you must be in the sun, try to keep your bag covered or in the shade. Additionally, avoid placing your bag near heat sources such as radiators or heaters, as this can cause the leather to dry out and crack.
Use a Protective Spray
There’s no way of protecting your bag from everything but having a selection of handy quick fixes at the ready is a great start. To protect your Louis Vuitton bag from stains and water damage, consider using a protective spray. There are many products on the market specifically designed for leather bags, such as the Apple Brand Garde Rain and Stain Repellent. Before using any product, be sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous area of your bag to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage. Apply the spray evenly and allow it to dry completely before using your bag. Remember to reapply the spray every few months or after cleaning your bag.
Handle Your Bag with Care
It sounds simple but one of the most important aspects of Louis Vuitton bag care is handling your bag with care. Avoid placing your bag on rough or dirty surfaces, and be mindful of where you set it down. When carrying your bag, be sure to support the bottom to prevent the straps from stretching or breaking. Additionally, avoid overstuffing your bag, as this can cause the leather to warp or lose its shape over time. If you find yourself always packing your favourite LV accessory to the brim then perhaps opt for a larger version of the style. This should prove easy thanks to the extensive size options available of each Louis Vuitton design. By handling your bag with care, you can help ensure that it stays looking new for years to come.