How to clean purse?

By Richard Taylor

October 31, 2017 In News

Knowing how to remove stains from leather is essential if you own a number of leather accessories. This is especially true of leather bags. A leather carry-on is a mark of a sophisticated man or gal and exudes a vibe of sophistication and casual elegance.

Unfortunately, there is no universal solution for dealing with stains on leather. The type of stain determines the best cleaning method that won’t harm the fabric. We’ll outline the common stains and a DIY step-by-step process for dealing with each.

Why Is Cleaning Leather Tricky?

You can’t simply clean a leather bag by wiping it down with a baby wipe. Incorrect methods can lead to permanent staining or damage the surface texture. Leather, as with most natural material, can also be ruined from simple exposure to water.

Not all leather is created equal either. Is the leather treated with a finish? What type of leather are you dealing with? Is it aniline, semi-aniline, or full-grain leather?

People also often experiment with different methods, using cleaning solutions ranging from baking soda to Windex. Often times, the experiment ends in disaster with the expensive leather bag ruined.

This is why it’s recommended that you have your bag cleaned by a professional that knows how to remove stains from leather and restore the material to its original condition. However, if the DIYer in you insists on a home remedy, then here are the methods for dealing with each specific type of stain.

Treating Water Stains

Simple H2O is not compatible with leather. Once the water dries and settles on the leather, the outlines of the stain will stick out like a sore thumb.

  • Prevention is key. Get rid of the water before it has time to dry. Use a lint-free cloth and soak it in water.
  • Use the cloth to dab at the stain. “Dab” is the keyword here, and it’s important that you do so instead of using a wiping motion, which is the instinctual thing to do. Wiping only pushes the water deeper into the leather.
  • After dabbing, let the bag sit. Don’t attempt to expedite the drying process by setting the bag in the sun or using a dryer. Heat is known for shrinking leather. Heat also acts as a natural bleaching agent, causing the leather to dry, crack, and age prematurely. The UV rays also deal damage by drawing moisture and essential oils from the leather.

If you want to know how to remove stains from leather, keeping it out of the heat is a major first step.

For more substantial water spills, such as spilling an entire cup of water, then complement the above steps by using a leather conditioner after the bag dries. Alternatively, you can apply saddle soap. This is a compound containing ingredients like beeswax, lanolin, and mild soap and provides a protective layer shielding the leather from liquids.

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Treating Ink Stains

Perhaps you left a pen in the bag, and the ink leaked. Ink is often believed to be permanent; however, people only come to this conclusion because they use the wrong cleaning methods. Knowing how to remove ink stains from a leather bag is actually quite easy once you know the correct cleaner to use.

  • As with most stains, the sooner you treat it the better. To remove it, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Don’t apply the alcohol over the entire stain. Just apply it over a small area to spot test to see if it causes any discolourations.
  • Once you determine the alcohol is safe for use, dip a cotton ball in the alcohol and wipe the stain in a circular motion until the stain disappears. Do this lightly; be sure not to press the cotton ball too tightly into the leather surface.
  • Once the leather is dry, apply a small amount of leather conditioner over the area to restore the moisture and shine.

In place of rubbing alcohol, some people have used hairspray since it also contains alcohol. This is not recommended as the spray also contains additional fillers that may not be good for the leather.

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Treating Oil Stains

If you frequent dining establishments, then you should know how to remove grease stains from leather bags. Grease can show through leather just as it can show on a brown paper bag.

  • To remove grease, begin by removing as much of the oil as possible using a microfiber cloth.
  • Afterwards, apply your choice of talcum powder, wheat germ, or corn starch over the stain. The powder acts as an absorbent that soaks up the oil.
  • Let the powder sit overnight. When you check back in the morning, the stain should be gone.

It should be noted that grease stains can only be removed completely if you apply the above technique immediately after the grease gets on the leather. Once the stain dries, at best you’ll only be able to minimize the stain. Full removal will require a professional service.

Also, if the bag is made from suede leather, then you may try the following alternative method. Pour some vinegar onto a cloth, just enough to lightly damp it. Dab at the stain with the cloth and then brush over the leather using a suede brush.

In addition, you should also know how to remove oil stains from a leather bag that has a protective finish on it. In this instance, apply a water-based leather cleaner, following the instructions on the package.

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Treating Red Wine Stains

A leather bag is a nice accessory for any upscale social gathering where red wine is served. However, once you had a few rounds and begin to feel a little tipsy, it’s not unusual to spill your drink and get some of that wine on your bag.

When you learn how to remove stains from leather, you should also learn the steps specific towards wine stain removal. Red wine is especially notorious for causing permanent staining due to the grapes’ skin and tannins.

  • First, determine whether the leather bag is made from finished or unfinished leather. If the latter, then you will need to have a professional clean the bag.
  • To determine the leather’s finish, add a few droplets of water onto the surface. If the water soaks into the leather, then it’s unfinished.
  • If the bag is made from finished leather, then you can clean it yourself following the subsequent steps.
  • Begin by absorbing as much of the wine as possible using a paper towel.
  • Use a light dabbing motion and avoid rubbing or pressing into the leather too hard.
  • Damp a clean paper towel with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain.
  • Place a heavy object over the towel and bag, such as a hardcover book, and let it sit for half an hour.
  • If the stain is still visible in the morning, then repeat the process with a fresh sheet of paper towel.

It should be noted that the damp paper towel will leave a small stain on the leather. Do not confuse this with the wine stain.

If the stain persists after the second attempt, then you will need to take the bag to a professional. Restoration also requires a professional if the stain has already dried and left an imprint on the bag.

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Did you find this guide useful? If you have your own experience with DIY leather stain removal, please share them. Knowing how to remove stains from a leather bag will protect your accessory from unsightly blemishes. Remember, though, that prevention is the best measure, so try to keep your bag at a minimum of an arm’s length from any liquid content.

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Leather Bag Cleaner Pack

Leather Bag Cleaner Pack Cleaning Guide

Accidentally spilled coffee or wine on your bag? Your leather bag starting to show stains and looked rugged? Have no fear. Leather Bag Cleaner Pack allows you to clean your leather bag easily and with minimum effort on your part. At the end of the day, your leather bags will end up looking like new and smells good.

Some Common Do and Don’t for Cleaning Leather

  1. Do not use water as much as possible, as this could stain the material. It also leave a weird smell.

  2. If possible, do try using a steam cleaner.

  3. Do apply cleaning products made with oils and waxes, like WEPOS Leather Cleaner – this cleans while also moisturizing the furniture, preventing it from drying out and cracking and protecting it from future dirt and stains

How to clean the exterior of your leather bag:

  1. Spray undiluted Leather Cleaner onto a soft-slightly moistened cloth or sponge.
  2. Wipe the surface to be treated using a circular motion.
  3. Take up dissolved dirt and subsequently wipe over again thoroughly with a dry cloth.
  4. Repeat the procedure again in case of particular stubborn soiling.

How to clean the interior of your leather bag:

  1. Blot off any liquids with an absorbable cloth.
  2. Spray stain remover onto the contaminated area, allow to work-in for 2 – 3 minutes and then take up the loosened stain with a clean cloth or absorbent paper.
  3. Then dab dry or blow it dry with hair dryer.
  4. In case of stubborn contamination, a soft brush may be used as assistance. Now brush the treated area.
  5. During drying, do not touch the treated spot.
  6. After drying, steam clean thoroughly.

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How To Care For Your Handbag

How To Protect Your Bag

Spray with protector spray or rub a wax onto your new leather bag before using it. If you get caught in the rain or spill something on your bag, the beeswax helps to prevent water or stains from sinking into the leather and causing damage. Speaking of rain, you can even buy a little ‘raincoat’ for your bag. Fold and keep this plastic cover tucked inside your bag for those unexpected storms.

How To Dry Leather

If your bag does get wet, absorb as much of the water as possible with a thick microfiber hand towel, then let your purse dry naturally. Whatever you do, resist the urge to use a hair dryer on it, as it will dry out the leather and potentially cause damage.

How To Remove Stains on Leather

To remove surface stains on leather bags, use a HandBagRescue wipe. The wipes clean and condition with essential oils to keep leather smooth and soft, helping your bag to look new longer. As with all stains, it’s always better to remove them as soon as you notice them. Be sure to test the wipes on a small area before using them.

How To Maintain Leather

Moisturize your leather bag once a month with a leather conditioner, such as ShoeRescue Wax or a similar product, to keep the leather supple throughout the years. Only use a conditioner on leather—never on suede, nubuck, or patent leather bags. Clean suede handbags every few days with a suede brush or a soft, dry cloth to keep the material refreshed and free of dirt.

How To Store Your Leather Handbag

To help handbags keep their shape, stuff them with paper or bubble wrap before storing them in a shoe bag or natural fabric pillowcase. Never use newspaper, as the color can transfer. Be sure to store handbags in a temperature-controlled environment, since sunlight or extreme heat can cause leather to dry out, fade or crack. After you have cleaned your bag, allow it to air dry completely before storing it. If your bag will be tucked away for a while, open the buckles and straps to prevent impressions in the leather.

Additional Leather Care Tips

Try to avoid resting light-colored leather bags against dark wash jeans, as the color from your jeans can transfer to the bag. When carrying makeup, always keep it in a pouch inside your purse, and make sure all pens are capped. By following these simple tips, your new Rebecca Minkoff leather handbag will retain its beauty for years to come.

How to Care for Your Faux Leather Handbag

How to Care for Your Faux Leather Handbag

Have you recently purchased a gorgeous vegan leather handbag? First off, congratulations! You’ve made an ethical buying choice, without sacrificing your amazing style.

Faux leather, which is usually made with polyurethane (PU leather) is a great vegan clothing option, because it’s a man-made product that doesn’t require the senseless slaughter of animals. It gives you the same look as traditional leather, while being often cheaper than real leather and totally cruelty-free.

If you’ve never owned a PU leather handbag before, it’s important to know how to take care of your bag, so you can keep it looking and feeling like new for years to come.

Because PU leather is made to mimic animal-based leathers, the care instructions are similar on many points, but a lot simpler. To keep your bag in the best condition possible, you’ll want to follow the instructions below on how to care for your vegan leather bags.

KEEPING YOUR FAUX LEATHER HANDBAG CLEAN

On the Inside

Women carry just about everything in their handbags, from money and receipts, to makeup, to snacks that keep powerful ladies full on the go.

But that also means that your beautiful handbag is at risk from the items you take with you. The first step in cleaning a faux leather handbag is doing everything you can to prevent stains. Here are a few tips to help protect your bag, no matter what you’re bringing along for the ride:

  • Buy a makeup pouch. Makeup products usually come with tops and caps, but these can come undone when your bag is being jostled during the morning commute, leaving you with a ruined lipstick and a big stain on the inside of your handbag. A makeup pouch keeps your products in a smaller space, lessening the likelihood of a spill or stain.
  • Carry pens with caps. Clicker pens can be accidentally “clicked” open inside your bag, which means you could end up with some abstract ink stains on your beloved handbag. Capped pens are less likely to open, keeping your vegan bag safer.
  • Clean out your bag regularly.Have you ever dropped something in your bag, and then completely forgotten about it? This can lead to a messy bag, and in the case of forgotten food items, can create stains and odours that are difficult to get rid of. If you tend to carry one bag for weeks on end, make sure you’re emptying it out and sorting the contents on a weekly basis.

HOW TO CLEAN A PU LEATHER HANDBAG

The surface

Sometimes a stain is unavoidable. Maybe you spilled a bit of your drink, or maybe you accidentally dropped your bag, and now there is a stain on the PU leather.

Don’t freak out! PU leather (vegan leather in general) is actually very simple to clean, as long as you do it the right way.

Just follow these steps, and your bag will look as good as new.

  1. Mix water with a small amount of mild dish soap or laundry detergent (harsh detergents will cause drying).
  2. Dip a non-abrasive (we recommend microfibre) cloth into the mixture.
  3. Test the mixture on a small portion of the handbag. Try to do this on the interior or the strap if possible. Make sure there’s no discolouration before applying the mixture to the actual stain.
  4. Gently wash the stain by hand using the microfibre cloth. If the stain isn’t coming out, or is deep-set, try using a mixture of water with a small amount of vinegar instead. In addition to being safe for use on synthetic leather, vinegar is helps you get rid of odours from stains naturally.
  5. Let your handbag air dry completely. If you put the bag away before it is dry, you could end up with mould and bacteria growth in the surface.

NOTE: Some PU leather products claim they are machine washable. We do not recommend EVER putting a synthetic leather handbag in the washing machine. Hot water using in the washing cycle can be detrimental to the bag, and handles, straps and hardware can become caught or damaged during agitation. Using a dryer on faux leather can lead to cracked, unsalvageable items. Skip the washer and spend the extra few moments cleaning your vegan bag by hand!

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MAINTENANCE CLEAN

Give your handbag a mild clean from time to time. This will ensure you stay on top of general marks and grease that build up with regular use.

Again, the rule here is to keep it simple: Use a non-abrasive cloth (microfibre is great) and a warm water + mild washing liquid mixture to give your bag a good surface wipe.

Follow up by drying it off with a soft, clean cloth.

HOW TO STOP YOUR FAUX LEATHER FROM CRACKING

Real leather products are made from animal hides, and when they are exposed to too much sunlight, these can crack, ruining the look of your handbag. Since PU leather mimics animal-based leathers, it is also prone to cracking without proper care.

Cracking of faux leather is primarily due to the effect of UVB rays on the molecular structure of the material, resulting in PU (or vinyl) compounds becoming brittle enough to crack. To keep your PU leather handbag free of cracks, you’ll need to minimise exposure to sunlight.

Leaving your handbag inside your car in the sun, for example, is a huge no-no.

Additionally, many leather producers offer ‘leather conditioner’ products. These conditioners are generally safe for PU leather as well, and although we don’t consider it necessary, you can give these conditioners (or baby oil) a go if you want to add a protective layer to your handbag. But be careful: don’t overdue it – a little product goes a long way. You don’t want to end up with a shiny / greasy bag.

STORING YOUR FAUX LEATHER PURSE

In addition to keeping your PU leather handbags clean and protected from the sun, proper storage is essential to making your purse last as long as possible.

Here are our Dos and Don’ts for properly storing faux leather purses and bags:

  • DO Store handbags either upright or laying flat.
  • DON’T hang your purses to store them! As premier vegan handbag designer Angela from Angela Roi says, “Avoid hanging your bag by its straps. This might put pressure on its strap connectors and can wear out its seams prematurely.”
  • DO protect your purse from dust and grime using a dust bag, or a pillowcase!
  • DON’T store PU leather products in plastic bags. Not only can plastic bags trap moisture, leading to mould or mildew on your handbag, but plastic can become stuck to the faux leather and ruin it.
  • DO fill your faux leather bags with tissue paper, pillows or other fabrics to help them maintain their shape.
  • DON’T stack purses on top of each other. This can lead to crushing, or scratches from purse hardware like zipper pulls.

MAKE IT LAST – GO LIGHT

Vegan leather bags can last a long time if you look after them properly.

Common sense still applies when it comes to your handbag, so to give your beautiful faux leather bag longevity, we recommend giving it a little break every now and then – rotate your handbags instead of using the same one every day.

Be mindful of the weight you carry – as putting a handbag under constant weigh pressure can lead to damage. For example, avoid overloading your bag with heavier items (such as a laptop) on a daily basis.

QUALITY MATTERS

“You get what you pay for” – The old maxim applies to vegan bags too.

A higher price tag means that your faux leather bag was made by better artisans, using better materials, resulting in better and stronger finishes and higher durability. High end handbags are also subject to strict quality control tests, which is not always the case with the cheaper brands.

Remember, fast (and cheap) fashion is designed to be essentially disposable. So pay attention to the brands you purchase from: how often are they releasing – and discarding – designs? What are their prices? How often are they running clearance and sale events?

Be extra careful with cheap handbags.

ENJOY YOUR FAUX LEATHER PURSE!

By now, you’ve learned everything you need to know about keeping your faux leather purse in perfect condition. We discussed:

  • How to keep your purse organised
  • How to clean and wash your faux leather handbag
  • How to prevent PU leather from cracking
  • And, how to store your handbags for use season after season.

Again, thank you for making the right choice to buy cruelty-free fashion items!

Looking for more perfect faux leather pieces for your collection? Check out all the stunning purses and handbags in our gallery.

With shocking stats showing that the average handbag is dirtier than a toilet seat, giving your much-loved tote a spring clean is a great idea.

And while you might already be adept at giving the leather exterior a once-over, have you ever thought about cleaning the inside of your bag?

As the mobile home of snotty tissues, loose change and well-handled receipts, it’s not really surprising that Initial Washroom Hygiene’s research revealed handbags to be a hive of germs – with hand cream coming out tops as the grubbiest item.

Unfortunately, even some of our GH staffers admit they’ve never thought to freshen up their bag’s interior, despite it being a hotbed of germs.

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MORE: WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT YOUR HANDBAG ON THE FLOOR

Luckily, our Consumer Director, Caroline Bloor, is a pro at keeping her handbags spick and span, so here are her top tips for cleaning your arm candy…

‘Firstly, empty out the contents of your bag and shake out loose debris. Pull the fabric lining out if possible and wipe with a damp sponge rinsed in hot, soapy water. Take care not to get real leather linings overly wet at this stage.

‘If you’re tackling stubborn marks, read our advice on how to remove ballpoint pen, ink and lipstick stains online.

MORE: 10 EASY WAYS TO ORGANISE YOUR DESK SPACE

‘You want the lining to dry quickly so it doesn’t get musty. So either drape the lining over a radiator, put it in an airing cupboard overnight or, for speedier drying, use a hairdryer.

‘For unlined, leather bags, try an upholstery cleaning spray such as Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Cleaner (£5.99).’

Another top tip for removing lingering odours is to put an open pot of baking powder in your bag, place it inside a pillow case and leave for 24 hours. Voila – the sweet scent of bag-cleaning success!

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How to Remove Makeup Stains from a Fabric Purse Lining


Noemi said, “I have had a red patent leather GUESS satchel for 3 years; it doesn’t have any stains on the exterior, but the lining inside is stained with spilled power foundation, which makes the lining look muddy and really dirty. How can I clean the lining? Also, because I’ve had the purse for so long, the leather isn’t stiff anymore and for lack of better words, it slouches instead of standing straight up like when I purchased it. Does anyone have any advice on how I can clean the inner lining and what can I use to stiffen the leather again?”

Table of Contents:

  1. Removing the Stain
  2. Additional Tips and Advice
  3. Sources

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Many women carry some kind of makeup product in their purse, even if it’s just lip balm. Stains in a purse lining can be difficult to treat if the purse can’t be washed. However, you can get the stains out without washing the outside of the purse. Use the information in the steps below to remove the stains.

Always test a cleaning solution on a small hidden area first to look for any adverse effects.

Removing the Stain

You Will Need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Baking soda
  • Dish liquid
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Baby shampoo
  • A cloth
  • A cotton swab
  • Makeup remover
  • A towel

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. If the purse can be turned inside out and that would make the cleaning easier, do that.
  2. Get the cleaning product needed for your specific type of stain.
    To Remove Lipstick: Rubbing (Isoprophyl) Alcohol or Witch Hazel
    To remove Lip Balm or other Greasy products: baking soda¹ or dish liquid²
    To Remove Mascara or Eye-liner: Dish liquid
    To Remove Liquid Foundation: 3% hydrogen peroxide
    To Remove Blush, Eye Shadow or Powdered Foundation (non-oil-based): Mild laundry detergent (liquid) WITHOUT bleach/bleach alternative, such as Woolite, or baby shampoo¹
  3. Apply the cleaning product to the stain.
    To use baking soda: Pour a small pile of Arm & Hammer baking soda over the stain. Let the baking soda sit on the stain for about 20 minutes, then brush off the powder and repeat the process if necessary.¹
    To use dish liquid or laundry detergent: Mix a small amount with some water, dampen a cloth with the soapy water, and use the cloth to blot the stain. Continue blotting until the stain is removed, rotating the cloth to a fresh area as the stain transfers to it.²
    To use alcohol, witch hazel, or peroxide: Apply a small amount on a cotton swab and rub the stain away with that.
  4. Sponge the area with water to rinse, blot the area with a towel to remove the water, then sponge the area with water again for a second rinse.
  5. Pat the fabric dry with a dry towel.
  6. If the purse is not inside-out for the cleaning, prop it open to let the remaining moisture air dry.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • A dry cleaner may be able to remove the stain, or you may be able to use a home dry cleaning kit (found in the laundry aisle).
  • Put a plastic sandwich bag inside the pocket of your purse where you keep your makeup to guard against any future spills.
  • To prevent lipstick from melting in hot weather while in your purse, freeze a water-filled infant teething toy and put it in the purse pocket or makeup bag with your lipstick.³
  • Clean the outside of your makeup products with a cloth and some rubbing alcohol before putting them back in your clean purse.⁴

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Sources

  1. Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic by Joey Green
  2. Clean It Fast, Clean It Right by Jeff Bredenberg
  3. Handy Hosuehold Hints from Heloise by Heloise
  4. Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

Handbag Lining Cleaning Tips

The other most important factor to cleaning the inside of a handbag is that it will kill approx 99% of the bacteria build up when this is done correctly with deodorisers, sanitizer and degreasers. Visit our page today if you want to learn more about handbag lining cleaning tips

One problem we do face with cleaning the interior of handbags is there is no such requirements for handbag manufacturers to place a label on the inside stating what materials have been used like you get within the clothing industry.

So with any cleaning of handbag linings, no one such product will always work and most of the time its an educated guess as to what cleaners are best to use for the situation at hand.

There are so many methods for removing ink stains another is using hairspray, but this requires professional help to do this effectively and correctly or you can cause further damage. If you want to find out about more handbag lining cleaning tips please visit our page today

Below is a picture of a handbag lining with typical ink stain.