Jelly hand bags, or jelly purses, are the next big trend taking over the fashion world. Brands like Carmen Sol, Melissa, Bottega, Tory Burch, Valentino, Balenciaga, Chanel and many others have jelly accessories as part of their essential collection. Ultimately it is easy to find out why. Composed of high-quality PVC, the bags are perfect for travelling, resilient, and available in a very wide assortment of colors and designs. They are easy to use to compliment your wardrobe or make a statement with a dash of unique colors. Because they are so unique, they are also very easy to collect (you do need one to match each of your outfits, though, don’t you?). Jelly purses are only able to achieve that level of dramatic presence when they look like new, though—so what is the best way to keep your handbag looking as new and extravagant as the day you brought it home?
Let’s take a look at the best care methods for keeping your jelly hand bags looking brand-new.
But first—what is Jelly?
Jelly is a form of PVC flexible and very durable and it is typically used for accessories for the beach and the water. The Carmen Sol jelly is unique as it is a non toxic and is rose scented. This what makes all the jelly purses from Carmen Sol completely unique in the marketplace. The new Carmen Sol jelly is also stain-resistant and the brand has developed a proprietary unique anti-stain treatment. This treatment is completely hand made in Italy and protects your jelly purse from any scuff, stain and marks. However, just because it doesn’t require much care or maintenance doesn’t mean you can avoid the care and maintenance altogether. To keep your jelly purse looking exquisite for years to come, you’ll want to clean it regularly following this exact process.
1 – Remove contents
This is the obvious first step to cleaning success. You definitely don’t want to hose down your purse’s contents every time you clean it, so make sure you empty your handbag first. This is a great time to organize that collection of contents, too! You’ll have a perfect looking jelly hand bag—inside and out—in no time!
2 – Grab your mild liquid laundry detergent
Add a splash of mild laundry detergent to a bowl of cold or lukewarm water. If you use powdered detergent or detergent sheets, simply add some to the water and wait for it to dissolve. Then take a non-abrasive sponge or microfiber cloth, wet it, wring it out, and gently wipe down the outside surface of the jelly hand bag.
3 – Time for a rinse
Without allowing the detergent bath to dry on your handbag, rinse your sponge or cloth with cold water until it runs clean, then ring it until it is just damp, and wipe the detergent residue off your jelly purse. When all of the residue is gone, wipe your purse clean with a dry cloth.
4 – Protect your jelly hand bag
Now that your jelly hand bag is clean, you need to protect it. You can remove scuffs or marks that may occur from rubbing your bag or shoes against other materials by using a mild soap and warm water. For more pronounced scuffs or marks we suggest using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
5 – Don’t forget the inside!
When you took the contents out, chances are you dumped out any dust, but you can give this a quick wipe-down as well. Then give the inside lining a mist with a fabric refresher. Use the one you like the best and you’ll keep your jelly purse smelling clean and fresh, too.
6 – Enjoy your new, clean purse!
Wait for your jelly handbag to dry completely before replacing your contents, but then you are good to go with a purse that looks as good as it did the day you bought it!
7 - Finally we want to mention that each jelly purse from Carmen Sol comes with a dust bag to protect your bag. The dust bag is made of eco-friendly cotton and is 100% made in Italy.
For more tips and suggestions on how to care for your jelly handbag, or to view our collection, visit us at Carmel Sol.