How to Clean Your Handmade Bangkok Bags

Handmade bags are all the rage right now and for all the right reasons: versatile, stylish, and eco-friendly, they make valuable accessories you can personalize and style up, and wear on all possible occasions. Depending on its design and pattern, Bangkok bags can be a great accessory for casual outings, workdays, shopping trips, days in the park, or nights on the town. However, it is very important to know how to clean those bags correctly, so you can keep it as good as new for years.


Cotton Fabric

Cotton bags are flexible, lightweight, and long-lasting. You probably have a few of them sitting around, but you might not be cleaning them as often as you ideally should. After all, these fabrics do get exposed to the elements, as well as to everything that you carry inside them, so it’s worth giving them a wash every now and again to ensure that they don’t get grubby or smelly.


However, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, you’ll probably want to use a cold water cycle since cotton bags are vulnerable to shrinking. After that, allow the bag to air dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight or heat. If there are still wrinkles after the bag has dried, just go over it with an iron, keeping to a medium setting, to get it looking as good as new.


If your cotton bags are trimmed with leather, they should never be placed in a washer or dryer or allowed to soak in a sink. Cleaning by hand is the best way to restore your bag. Use cool water and a gentle soap. Rinse well and allow to air dry away from direct sunlight.


Satin Fabric

Satin is a type of fabric loved for its shiny finish and ability to hold rich dyes. Cleaning satin is a job best left to the cleaners, especially when it comes to tough stains.

For basic cleaning, you can use common household items to refresh your bag. Submerge the bag in the water and let soak for two hours. After removing the bag from the water, blot away the excess water with a towel, taking care not to rub the satin so that it doesn't fray or stretch out of shape. Hang in a well-ventilated area and let it dry.


Silk Fabric

For cleaning your silk bag, make a solution of mild detergent and lukewarm water. Always remember to do a patch test before dipping your bag into the solution. It is better not to rub a silk bag as this can spread out the stain and wear out its fiber.


Some other tips to take care of your Bangkok bags:

▪ Never touch your bags with dirty hands.

▪ Avoid handling your bag after applying beauty products, such as foundations or hand creams.

▪ Before storing your bags, use bubble wrap to stuff them up. Bubble wraps are better than tissues as they do not attract moths like tissue papers.

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