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Once you’ve made an investment in a Coach purse, you’ll want to carry it for as long as possible, but cleaning Coach bags can be a challenge. There are many different types of Coach bags, so you may be wondering which cleaning products and methods are right for your particular bag.

Types of Material

Coach purses are made from different types of material. Leather, jacquard and even silks at times. One of the most important things is knowing how to clean each type of material you might find on a Coach handbag. Coach recommends specific products for cleaning its purses.

Cleaning Coach Purses

Type of Bag Cleaning Product 1 Cleaning Product 2
Classic Signature Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner ——
Mini Signature Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner ——
Graphic Signature Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner ——
Optic Signature Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner ——
Signature Stripe Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner ——
Soho Buck Leather Coach Leather Cleaner Coach Leather Moisturizer
Soho Vintage Leather Coach Leather Cleaner Coach Leather Moisturizer
Hamptons Buck Leather Coach Leather Cleaner Coach Leather Moisturizer
Legacy Buck Leather Coach Leather Cleaner Coach Leather Moisturizer
Polished Calf Leather Coach Leather Cleaner Coach Leather Moisturizer
English Bridle Leather Coach Leather Cleaner Coach Leather Moisturizer
Soho Retro Treated Leather Coach Leather Moisturizer ——

On their product care page, Coach offers detailed instructions on how to use each of their cleaning products. Just select “How Do I Clean My Coach Product?”


On some collections, Coach’s material is pre-treated and mild soiling can often be removed with warm water. Simply use a soft washcloth, wet it thoroughly, and gently clean the material. You may want to contact Coach to be certain that your particular purse has been pre-treated for stain prevention.

In-Store Cleaning

Some Coach stores will offer to clean your purse for you while you browse their current collection. Many shoppers find that the purse is cleaned up so well that they no longer need to purchase a new one, although you can never have too many Coach bags!

If your local retailer doesn’t offer to clean your handbag, ask if they have this service available. It may be free or they charge a small fee. If they do not offer the cleaning, contact the Coach company to find a store near you that might offer this service and get additional suggestions on cleaning. If the store will not clean the bag for you, ask to speak to the manager and find out if there is a repair store where you can send the bag and have it cleaned.

Having your handbag cleaned in-store, or using the Coach-specific cleaning products are the recommended methods of cleaning. However, if you do want to try cleaning your handbag at home, there are other methods Coach handbag owners have tried and found effective.

Cleaning With Other Products

Although Coach does not officially recommend the following solutions, many Coach owners swear by different cleaning methods for Coach products.

If you don’t have immediate access to a Coach cleaner, and would like to make a start on removing a stain as quickly as possible, you can try alternative purse cleaning ideas such as the methods below.

Cleaning a Fabric Purse

Types of Coach bags that you can use the below method on include:

  • Classic Signature
  • Mini Signature
  • Graphic Signature
  • Optic Signature
  • Signature Stripe


  1. Put a small amount of water and regular soap on a clean sponge.
  2. Find the soiled/stained area.
  3. Gently dab the area (being careful not to scrub it).
  4. Once you’ve sufficiently covered the area, remove excess water by wiping away gently with a clean damp cloth.
  5. Blot the area with a third clean white cloth.
  6. Allow the fabric to dry completely (give it at least an hour).

If you’re trying to remove a particularly greasy stain, and the soap and water proves ineffective, you can try using a small amount of dish detergent, and repeat steps three to six.

Cleaning a Leather Purse

Types of Coach bags that you can use this method on include:

  • Soho Buck Leather
  • Soho Vintage Leather
  • Hamptons Buck Leather
  • Legacy Buck Leather
  • Polished Calf Leather
  • English Bridle Leather
  • Soho Retro Treated Leather
  1. Wipe the bag with a wet cloth (ensure it’s not too wet – you don’t want the bag to be soaked).
  2. Using your finger, or a Q-tip, put a small amount of gentle body wash onto the stain.
  3. Use gentle circular motions to rub it in (being careful not to rub too hard).
  4. Once the stain is removed, use a new damp cloth to remove any excess soap from your bag.
  5. Leave the bag to dry thoroughly.

Cleaning a Suede Leather Purse

It is worth noting that the Coach site does not have a specific branded cleaning product dedicated to cleaning a suede bag. However, there are alternative methods that you can try below.

Types of Coach bags that you can use this method on include:

  • Hamptons Suede
  • Hamptons Mosaic
  • Soho Suede
  • Chelsea Nubuck
  1. Apply a small amount of vinegar to a clean cloth.

  2. Gently wipe the stained area with the cloth to eliminate the stain.

  3. Use a clean cloth to dab the moist part of the bag.

  4. Allow to air dry in a cool place (avoid direct sunlight or any particularly hot environments).

  5. Once dry, remove any remaining stains with a suede eraser (by gently rubbing the eraser over the stained area).

  6. If any part of the cleaned area now looks flat, you can lightly apply a small metal brush to the surface in a circular motion to get it looking as good as new.

Additional Cleaning Methods

Additional (non-Coach approved) products that customers have used to clean their handbag include:

  • Baby wipes
  • Laundry stain remover, applied using a soft toothbrush, and then rinse thoroughly
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (for soda stains and ink pen stains)

Cleaning Hardware

The metal detailing on your handbag can encounter a lot of wear and tear over time. Luckily, there are ways to clean and look after the metal parts too.

  • You can use a soft polishing cloth to get rid of any dirt. This will also buff any small scratches that have accumulated.
  • Dip an old (soft-bristled) toothbrush into cleaning detergent (one that is safe for metals), and clean the metal area using small circular motions.
  • Ensure that you dry the metal area with a cotton ball or Q-tip. You can go back over the area with the polishing cloth for extra shine.

Cleaning the Lining

If the bag allows you to, pull the lining up outside of the bag so that you have full access to it.

All non-leather lining can be cleaned using a mild dish-washing soap (on a sponge or a damp cloth). Gently scrub in circular motions until the stain is removed, rinse with a damp cloth, and allow to air-dry thoroughly.

Dry Cleaning

It is probably best not to have your purse dry cleaned, unless the store specializes in cleaning Coach bags and offers a guarantee against the colors running. Often, the chemicals used by dry cleaners can ruin your Coach purse and you’re left with no recourse and a bag that looks worse than it did before.

Keep Your Bag Beautiful

Once your bag is clean and looking almost new again, you’ll want to protect it. Material is best protected with products such as Scotch Guard, which can prevent staining. Leather is best protected with Coach’s leather moisturizers, which will leave your leather conditioned and looking healthy.

Since Coach handbags are a big investment for most people, whether you paid full retail or bought at an outlet store, you’ll want to keep yours clean and use it as long as possible.

Handbag Lining Cleaning and Restoration

Has your handbags lining seen better days? With our Handbag Lining Cleaning treatment we can refresh and revive yours! See the results we can achieve below.

Mulberry Handbag Lining Cleaning

The inside of a woman’s handbag can see a lot of use and subsequently the interior can get a little worse for wear! This Mulberry Bayswater had ink marks and staining blighting its raw suede lining. After a Handbag Lining Cleaning and Ink Removal treatment carried out The Handbag Spa the marks had pretty much vanished.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee full removal of ink from fabric, suede or nubuck, but we aim to reduce staining as much as possible.


The inside of this Mulberry handbag had definitely seen better days. The lining on this everyday bag had seen make up spills, liquid staining, dirt build up and more. A Handbag Lining Cleaning process was carried out lifting all the dirt particles and removing the staining in the lining. Now it is looking fresh and ready for a few more years use!

This Mulberry handbags’ lining was looking a bit grubby before it’s trip to The Handbag Spa. The zip had left dark marks on the interior and overall it had gone dark with dirt and use. It had a HBSpa treatment, so the interior and exterior were fully cleaned using our unique cleaning system. Now it looks so much lighter and the zip marks have reduced considerably – you can definitely see that the Handbag Lining Cleaning treatment was a success! Book your arm candy into The Handbag Spa today.

Cleaning Your Handbags Lining at Home

Clean your handbag lining at home with Anti-Bacterial Cleanse.

Scientific tests have proven that a handbag can carry more bacteria than your average toilet seat! Gross right?

Here at The Handbag Spa, we care about healthy handbags and have sought to eliminate the risk, by working with the world’s finest leather chemists to create Anti-Bacterial Cleanse. The U.K’s only anti-bacterial killing product, specifically designed for handbags and proven to kill 99% of common bacteria!

Anti-Bacterial Cleanse can be used on ALL types of leather, fabric and coated canvas making it the perfect product for all handbags and purses! So finished and unfinished leathers, lambskin and exotic leathers, suede, nubuck and all types of fabric can all be bacteria free.

CAN BE USED ON: On all types of fabric, canvas & leather!



– Simply mist Anti-Bacterial Cleanse over the area / bag

– Leave to air dry

Please note: You do not need to rub this product in or spot clean for Anti-Bacterial Cleanse to work.

NOTE: None of The Handbag Spa products will alter the look, feel or finish of a leather handbag in any way.

Chanel Lining Strip & Redye

Sometimes a clean won’t restore and revive a handbags lining, so in these cases we offer a variety of other treatments, such as a lining strip and redye and full lining replacements.

A problem we see a lot at The Handbag Spa are disintegrating linings, causing the interior to become sticky and flaky. The best solution for this problem is to remove all that is coming off from the surface and re-dye the fabric underneath. This keeps the bags original lining, meaning that no deconstructing or replacement of parts is necessary keeping the bag as close to the original as possible. This Chanel cleaned up beautifully on the inside making it usable again.

The Bridge Lining Replacement

Linings can get very worn out, especially when the bag is a few years old. Rather than ditching the bag why not replace the lining? The Handbag Spa will source a new lining for you whether that be one to match as close as possible or something a little bit different. Our trained technicians will then re-create the lining by using the pattern of the old one and where possible they will save key features such as pockets and zips. this keeps the bag looking as close to the original as possible.


Have you got a handbag at the bottom of your wardrobe? Once loved and now forgotten? Why not see how a Handbag Lining Cleaning treatment can help yours and request an estimate today!

Contact The Handbag Spa directly:

Telephone: +44 1423 888 709

Email: [email protected]


Clean foundation stains as much as you can with kitchen towel. Don’t wet it (you’ll make it worse). Instead, use kitchen or bathroom cleaning wipes to carefully dissolve the foundation that’s left – they work brilliantly! We like the Dettol Surface Cleaning Wipes. Finally, wipe the whole thing clean with a damp cloth.


Ballpoint ink can be tricky to remove from fabrics. Try using a cotton bud to apply methylated spirits to the affected area – just don’t over-wet it. Dab the stain gently, trying not to spread it as it is being dissolved. Blot firmly with a white paper towel, moving to a clean area of both pad and towel frequently. Alternatively, try a stain remover such as Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils, Pen and Ink.

GHI TIP: For unlined leather bags, try an upholstery cleaning spray, such as Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Cleaner.

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Finish the job

You want the lining to dry quickly, so that it doesn’t get musty. Drape the bag – with the lining turned out – over a radiator, put it in an airing cupboard overnight or, for speedier drying, use a hairdryer.

As soon as the lining is clean and fully dry, it’s time to enjoy repacking your pristine handbag!

Handbag cleaning kit

Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleaning Wipes, 252 Wipes Dettol £6.00 Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner (Pack of 2) Scotchgard £19.78 Dr Beckmann Stain Devils, Removes Mud, Grass, make-up Dr. Beckmann £2.10 Marigold Cleaning Me Softly Scourer Sponge Marigold £2.22 Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils – Pen and Ink 50ml Dr. Beckmann £1.99 Plenty The Original One Kitchen Rolls Plenty £4.55 Persil Bio Laundry Liquid 1.85L (53 Washes) Persil £6.00 Aldi Magnum Original Washing Up Liquid Aldi £0.45

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