how to clean leather purses

how to clean leather pursesIf your patent bags have lost their brilliant shine, here are 8 easy ways to make your patent leather purses look like new again.

Things You’ll Need to Clean Patent Leather Purses

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Mineral oil
  • Liquid detergent
  • Acetone-free polish remover
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Glass cleaner

Step 1 – Spring clean your patent purse with a soapy mixture

Clean your patent leather bag with warm water and liquid soap. Mix 1 one part soap with 4 four parts lukewarm water.

Apply the soapy mixture to the patent leather bag with an old rag T-shirt or diaper. Pat the patent bag dry with a clean towel.

Step 2 – Get rid of pesky pen marks

Remove tough scuff and pen marks with rubbing alcohol.  First, rub the marks with a terry towel or microfiber cloth. If the stain persists, dab the marks with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Press firmly on the purse to saturate the pen-stained leather. Wait 5 five minutes. Wipe the solution clean with a clean cloth to remove the stain completely.

Step 3 – Restore shine with vinegar and water

Shine your patent handbag the bag with water and vinegar.

Restore gloss by mixing 1 or 2 tablespoons of tbsp. white vinegar with a ½ 1/2 cup of cold water. Rinse the patent bag with water to rid your purse of any vinegar residue.

Step 4 – Banish black scuffs with polish remover

Get rid of black scuffs with acetone-free nail polish remover. Using a cotton ball soaked with polish remover, gently dab the scuffed area to remove the black mark.

Wipe the bag with a rag dipped in cold water to remove any polish remover residue. Let bag dry in a well-ventilated area for 24 hours.

Step 5 – Keep bags clean with mild liquid detergent and water

To remove surface dirt, clean your patent leather purse with a mixture of water and liquid detergent.

Mix 2 tablespoons of detergent with 1 cup of cold water. Soak the edge of a white cloth in the soapy water to clean. Pat purse dry using a clean cloth.

Step 6 -Clean dirty patent leather with a vinegar and water mixture

To restore shine to a patent leather handbag, mix 2 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar with a ½ cup of warm water.

Use a clean white rag or old white t-shirt to eliminate any small traces of vinegar residue on the purse.

Step 7 -Spray your patent leather bag with glass cleaner for additional shine

Spray the cleaner on a white towel and rub it gently. Rub the patent bag lightly to clean.

Dry your patent handbag in a well-ventilated and cool area for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 8- Moisturize your bag with petroleum jelly or mineral oil

Apply a small drop of the greasy product to a clean white cloth. Polish the patent bag using a circular motion.

Final Patent Leather Purse Cleaning Tricks and Tips

  • If cosmetics spill on your patent handbag, wipe them off with a clean damp cloth.
  • Real Simple Magazine says, “To prevent dye transfer in the future, store patent leather away from colored plastic or cotton bags.”
  • Do not apply heat from a blow dryer to dry your patent leather handbag quickly.
  • To maintain the shape of your leather bags, stuff them with a tissue or plastic bags. Then, to keep them from sticking together when you store them, place each in a flannel bag or a pillowcase.
  • For fresh stains, Who What Wear recommends that you, apply a bit of Scotch tape directly to the stain. Since patent leather is resistant to a number of common substances, peeling the tape off will, in many cases, remove the mark completely.
  • Avoid using wax products, which can cause patent leather to crack and peel.

About Rachel

Hey, how are you doing?!? I'm Rachel, one of the founders of Bag Vanity. I love classic designer handbags and typically stick to earth tones and basic colored bags. My go-to bag is my trusted hobo purse. Love it!