By Mimi Abney

The secret to extending the life of your pricey Gucci bag is to pamper and protect your purse with a thorough and regular cleaning. Not only will you rid your bag of germs lurking on its surface, but you'll keep your brilliant bag free from a daily dose of surface dirt and grime. When you aren't carrying your fabric, leather or straw Gucci, store it away for safe keeping in its breathable dust bag or in a white, cotton pillowcase.

Gucci - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015
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Have your Gucci handbags professionally repaired and cleaned once a year.

Step 1

Clean your suede bags with a suede or nylon brush. Using a small back-and-forth scrubbing motion, gently brush the surface of the suede nap to lift dirt from the suede. If you have dark scuff marks on your designer bag, use a suede eraser to clean any blemishes on the surface of the purse.

Step 2

Wash your leather bag with lukewarm water and soap. Create suds by combining two drops of mild liquid detergent and 2 cups of water in a bowl. Dip the edge of a clean white cotton cloth into the suds. Rub the dampened cloth across the surface of the bag to clean. After the bag dries, squirt a dime-sized amount of leather conditioner into a cloth; rub the product on the bag to condition the leather after cleaning it.

Step 3

Clean and disinfect your purses weekly. Microbiologist Chuck Gerba says that disease-causing microbes may rest and gather on the handles and bottom of your bags. Disinfect your leather Gucci bag once a week with anti-bacterial wipes, or clean your fabric purse with a terry cloth towel dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Step 4

Rake the surface of your fabric or straw bags with a soft small-bristled brush to remove dirt. Dip the edge of a clean sponge into a mixture of 1 cup of lukewarm water and a drop of mild liquid soap. To avoid setting the stain, or damaging the fabric, blot the fabric with the dampened sponge to clean. Stuff your purse with acid-free tissue paper and let the bag air-dry overnight.

Step 5

Remove scuff marks from your patent-leather Gucci bag with a terry-cloth towel or microfiber cloth. Move the cloth along the bag using small circular strokes to lift the dark marks off your light-colored purses. If the scuff marks remain, press and rub an alcohol-soaked cotton swab into the scuff marks. Wait 15 to 30 seconds for the alcohol to dry, and then rub the scuffed areas away with a white absorbent cloth.