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Old 06-04-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Help!

I spilled a tea latte on/in a poly-satin purse (with satin lining) this morning.

I've blotted the fabric as much as I could, and have the purse hanging inside out right now to dry -- most of the tea went inside of the bag.

Because there was milk involved, I'm worried that my purse is going to start smelling rancid soon. Any ideas on how I can safely clean this bag? I checked, and there's no care/washing instructions tag.

Anyone have any ideas? The bag has some metal trim that can't be removed, if that helps - decorative metal chains threaded through grommets.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You could have it dry cleaned.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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They can do wonders cleaning satin wedding & prom dresses. So a dry cleaner can probably clean your bag pretty easily.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:26 PM
 
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I'd probably hand wash it in cold water with Woolite or another gentle detergent. Don't soak it for long -- agitate the water gently so the water.soap solution flows through the fabric. It's doesn't have to be freezing water -- but tepid -- not warm or hot. I'd rinse it maybe twice, then lay flat on a very thick towel (maybe double up a bath towel) and put more towel on top and press gently to take out as much water as you can. Dry dry dry the metal parts as much as you can and then hang to dry.

If you have to press, press on low and use a pressing cloth while the purse is damp.

And if ANY of the purse is an acetate -- take it to the dry cleaners. Acetate shatters in water very easily.
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