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Use and Care Tips For Your Vintage Chanel Bag

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Many vintage Chanel bags are made of luxurious, soft lambskin leather.  Your bag will provide you with years of use and enjoyment if you care for it properly. Proper care prevents the leather from drying out and cracking, and protects it from excessive moisture that can cause the leather to swell or mildew.

  • Keep cosmetics inside a pouch. Cap all pens and anything that leaks.
  • Treat with a protective spray specifically for leather if you use your bag frequently. Always test this product first in an inconspicuous area to see if the finish darkens.
  • After use, wipe the surface of the bag with a clean cotton or microfiber cloth. 
  • Remove stains as soon as you notice them with a damp cloth or leather cleaner.
  • Never allow water to soak into your bag. If the bag gets wet, do not use a hair dryer on it. Instead, absorb as much water as possible with a thick microfiber hand towel and allow the bag to air dry.
  • Waxes or silicone products clog leather pores and may prevent cleaning in the future. 
  • A shine sponge may be used to bring up the bag’s luster, however use on dark leathers only.
  • Store your bag in an upright position with the chains tucked inside. This will help the bag to retain it’s original shape. 
  • Wrap any metallic parts such as the chain, in clean, acid-free tissue paper to protect it from indenting or making an impression in the soft leather.
  • Stuff the bag with acid free tissue, bubble wrap or soft material such as a t-shirt.
  • Store in a dustbag or cotton pillowcase. Do not store in a box. 
  • Protect your bag from heat and direct sunlight which can cause color changes.
  • If exposed to moisture, always allow your bag to air dry completely before storage.
  • Never place your bag on the floor and take precautions to protect it when at the salon, market or poolside as chemicals  and other hazards can cause serious damage.
  • Rotate your bags frequently to prevent excessive wear.

 

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