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Old 05-30-2012, 10:39 AM
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Looking to get a few purses cleaned and would like recommendations on any cleaners in the areas. One purse in particular is a cotton bag with leather trim/strap that is ivory in color, but has exterior soiling that i'd like to get cleaned up. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:18 PM
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I have a coach purse which needs cleaning. I asked the dry cleaners but they do not have a category for it.. I need to go back and find out what they can do.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:09 PM
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I have always cleaned my own handbags, purses, wallets, etc.

If it is leather, just get a good leather cleaner. You may need to get a leather cleaner and a separate leather "food" product that will nourish the leather and restore/maintain its suppleness and sheen.

Some fabric handbags can be cleaned with the Magic Eraser type sponge things. Some have a vinyl or cardboard backing. If it is cardboard, you really need to be careful about wetting them . . . but if it is vinyl/plastic, you can even use such things as Simple Green (I use it on my luggage, too). If the handbag is white, you can even use Clorox Clean Up.

You can also vacuum the exterior and interior of your handbag b/f attempting to clean it further. A lot of times, especially on summer purses and totes with burlap or linen, a good vacuuming is all that is needed.

If it is a tote made of duck fabric and well sewn, you can even use an upholstery cleaning machine (like Bissell's Little Green Machine or whatever they are called these days, lol) and the cleaning product that is recommended by the maker for use on upholstery/fabric.

If you are worried about getting leather straps wet, just use the blue paint tape (stuff you put around windows so the paint doesn't get on them) - put that on the straps and trim. Then clean the leather with a good leather cleaner, follow by a leather restoring product.

I have found the best leather cleaning/restoring products at fine shoe departments and in upscale furniture stores where leather furniture is sold. I like those products for my car interior, too.

Last edited by brokensky; 05-31-2012 at 01:38 PM.. Reason: added info
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:58 PM
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I will test clean a inconspicuous part and let you know Ani.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:23 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I used Douglas & Montaldo furs. Although, mine needed more than just a cleaning.... when the cat decided to pee inside my new (expensive!) leather purse.

I actually had them clean it AND completely re-dye it in the exact same color. It was pricey, but not as pricey as a new bag. Turned out beautiful! I believe they said they can also just clean them without having to do a complete refinish.
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