Anyone who knows me pretty well also knows I’m a baghag. I say that my bags are my “crown jewels”. I don’t care whether I have crappy footwear or even if I only have one timepiece, as long as I switch bags every now and then.
I’ve left the care of my bags to Vintage Restore. They did awesome jobs on my two Chanels (THIS and THIS). However, you pay for what you get for. Their service is quite steep. So when my Chloe Edith got stained and Vintage Restore said there was nothing they can do but to redye it in a darker shade, I was hesitant.
For one, redying the whole bag was expensive. But more than the price tag that came with redying was my fear that my bag would look fake. It would look fake because the stitching was made to match with the color. See, Chloe Ediths in dark leather were stitched using light-colored thread, and Ediths in a light hue were stitched using dark-colored thread. In my case, my Edith was in Mastic—light-colored leather that slightly and gracefully darkened with age. Ergo, if Vintage Restore were to dye it with a darker color, it would look fake because the thread used in my bag was black. And that was unacceptable to me. I read in the Purse Forum that this also happened to other girls’ Ediths, and that they just soaked their whole bag in water as remedy. I was so tempted to do it too, but I was so afraid it might damage my Edith all the more. So my Edith lay in my bag closet for a long time.
Blessing in disguise
And then another leather bag of mine got stained again. See, I always have a water tumbler in my bag. The cap got loose and boom, the water spilled into my bag (again!)
This bag was not exactly designer (but I loooove it! It’s roomy and soft and light!) Since it wasn’t as expensive the Chloe Edith (faaaaar cheaper), I decided to take a risk and did what the girls online did to remove the water stain: I soaked the whole bag in a basin full of water. After leaving the bag in the basin for a few minutes, I hang it where the sun shone brightly. And I held my breath.
Hours after, voila!!!
The stains were gone! Not a trace!!! So I decided to risk it with my Chloe Edith.
Since the stain on my Chloe Edith was on the bag for a longer period of time, I knew it was going to be more challenging. Dust and other dirt also stuck into the stain, making the stain even more pronounced and more difficult to remove. So aside from soaking it in cold water in a basin,
I also put soap and gently brushed the stain off my Chloe Edith
Unlike with the Staccato bag, the dirt and grime on my Chloe Edith were still visible even after I soaked it in water (the color of Staccato evened out almost immediately upon soaking). Thus I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed.
And then I also hung it to dry. The following day, I nervously looked for it.
Was it worth the risk?
Based on the title, you’d of course have to guess that YES, it was worth the risk!!! Here I am with my Chloe Edith from one of my Wardrobe Diary entries months ago:
And here’s my Chloe Edith with “Lola Guiness” of the Puzzle Mansion:
Here’s my Chloe Edith now:
It’s not as flawless as I’d have wanted to, but at least, the stains were gone! I could have been more gentle with the brushing though…notice the whitish streak at the left mid-to-lower part of the bag? But I believe the natural oils from my skin will darken it too (just like the handles. The dark handles are not a damage—just proves that this bag is made of genuine leather).
So there you have it. It was actually Sarah Tirona who convinced me to blog about this when we met at a bloggers’ event. Just proves that sometimes, the most cheapest treatment may actually be the most effective. I hope I was able to help you. 🙂
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