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How to Clean a Leather Purse

Cleaning leather is a delicate process, but just because your leather purse has an unfortunate stain doesn’t mean it should be banished to the back of the closet. If you haven’t cleaned your bag in a while, you may need to give it a thorough treatment. Extend the life of your bag by cleaning off dirt and body oils with a few simple steps. Even tough stains like ink can be removed with a little patience and this gentle process. 

What you'll need:

Step 1: Dilute 1-2 drops of Baby Wash with Water in a Spray Bottle

Heavily dilute the baby wash in 8-12 ounces of distilled water and shake the solution in a spray bottle until suds appear. Leather needs to breathe, so synthetic cleaners, especially if they're petroleum based, can suffocate your purse and cause it to crack or fade.

Step 2: Spray Solution onto a Microfiber Towel

A microfiber towel won't scratch your purse, nor will it disintegrate like a paper towel. Never spray cleaning products directly onto your leather handbag,since too much moisture could create a stain.Stains that aren't water soluble, such as oil, may need to be professionally cleaned.

Step 3: Gently Wipe the Bag with the Microfiber Towel

Be sure to wipe your purse in the same direction as the leather grain to prevent resistance. Rub gently to avoid damaging the leather with excessive pressure. If there's any moisture left behind, soak it up with another clean, dry microfiber towel.

Extra Maintenance Tip: Freshen up Your Purse Regularly with Baby Wipes

The best way to keep grime from building up on your purse is to clean the leather periodically with baby wipes. Use smooth, even strokes, wiping in the direction of the leather grain. The handle and clasp are most likely to be soiled because they're handled frequently, so pay particular attention to these areas.