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Tis the season for Mould

March 20, 2019

Hey everyone is it just me or has the weather been getting more and more humid? It is right? If you’re heading out in the sun a lot don’t forget to put on your sunscreen and bring along a water bottle! I’ve recently learnt how harmful UV rays can actually be so be sure to cover up!

 

With Singapore getting more humid than it already is, that can only mean that our bags are going to be more prone to mould. So today I’m going to be telling you about the causes of mould as well as steps you can take to mould-proof your bags.

 

 

 

So what is mould?

 

Mould is a large and taxonomically diverse number of fungal species in which the growth of hyphae results in discoloration and a fuzzy appearance, especially on food. It is basically a form of fungus that grows not just on food when left overtime but on leather bags as well!

 

 

 

How is it formed?

 

“Spores of fungi and bacteria are present in the air. High humidity, warm temperatures, and poor ventilation provide the ambient conditions that allow mould growth. Generally, stagnant air above 80% relative humidity may support mould. If above 95%, the humidity will certainly encourage fungi and bacteria to grow. Soiling, organic residues and stains will enhance the growth of mildew on leather and fabrics. “

 

This means that your bag has a higher chance of having mould on it since Singapore is so humid!

 

You must be thinking, oh grace I might as well not carry anymore leather bags since they are all going to be ruined. But don’t worry I have just the 3 tips you can take to ensure your bags are mould proofed!

 

 

 

1.Dry bags properly before storing them

 

If your bag got wet from the rain or you spilled some water on your bag then it is best to dry it thoroughly before storing it back in your closet. One thing that mould loves is moisture and since Singapore is already so humid you want to keep your bag as dry as possible. If your bag has a food stain then you should send it to us for a cleaning service as mould loves natural products as a food source.

 

2.Stuff your bags with tracing paper

 

When your bags are not in use, keeping them in a dust bag is not enough. You need to stuff your bag with tracing paper in order to absorb any residue moisture that may cause the inside of the bag to get mouldy. 

 

 

 

3.Inspect your bags often

 

If you have a substantial bag collection be sure to inspect them once in awhile especially if you’re prone to storing them for prolong periods of time. Air your cupboards to circulate the air and inspect all your bags one by one. The last thing you want would be a mould infestation as mould can spread easily.

 

4.Bonus tip

 

If you have taken all of the above steps but are still afraid that your bags are susceptible to mould then send it to us for a leather conditioning where we moisturize your bag to maintain its leather as well as make it more resistant to mould. Because after all, prevention is better than cure.

 

If you have any more questions about mould then don’t hesitate to contact me or my team, we have dealt with a lot of mould cases and trust us it’s not fun when your items get mouldy. So I do hope that all of you follow my tips and keep your bags safe! More tips and tricks available here! 

 

With love,

 

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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