How to Clean a Leather Purse
Happy Friday! I’m so excited it’s the weekend, all of the productiveness I’ve accomplished this week made me ready for some relaxation. I finally cleaned my oven again after the turkey juice leaking incident since I wanted to cook food without it smelling like I was burning down the house… again. Then I tried six different ways to get a dry erase maker out of fabric with no success, boo. I have one more idea but I have to go out and buy the cleaner for it. Anyways, I also managed to clean my leather purse and write a post about it to share with you.
I’ve been carrying this purse around for a while and noticed some dirt spots around the bottom and pockets, figured it was time to clean the leather. My purse is made of a very soft leather, so test in an inconspicuous spot if your purse is waxed/shiny.To clean your leather purse, you will need:
- Soft cloth, preferably a microfiber one
- Spray bottle
- Baby soap/shampoo (optional)
Do not use this method on suede purses as it may ruin them.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and 1-2 drops of baby soap. You can use just water too, which is what I used in this tutorial.
- Spray or wet your cloth just enough that it feels wet, slightly damp. Do not spray the purse directly.
- Check for color fastness in an inconspicuous spot first.
- Gently wipe the purse down and re-wet cloth as needed.
You can see the dirt that came off of my purse, however, a little bit of that is color from my leather purse, which is why you should wipe gently.
All of that dirt came off with just water, however, if you have a very dirty purse with some oily spots, I do recommend adding a drop or two of baby soap/shampoo and checking for color fastness. The baby shampoo will help remove stubborn dirt and oil and is mild enough that it should not damage the leather. I would also recommend if your purse is very dirty and has bad oil stains or other stains that you have a professional clean it (for those of you with very expensive leather purses).
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