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Cleaning a Leather Purse

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Cleaning a Leather Purse

Using the proper cleaning method can leave your leather bag looking nearly new. This guide is about cleaning a leather purse.



Here are questions related to Cleaning a Leather Purse.

Question: Cleaning a Leather Tiganello Purse

I have a Tignanello light brown purse that is genuine leather. How do you clean ball point pen marks off?

Catherine from Eugene, OR


Most Recent Answer


If you want the purse to be worth something don't do anything to it. Trust me I had an old lamp my great grandmother got for her 16th birthday party. Me living across the road from an antique dealer went and showed him how I got it all cleaned up and ready for sale. He said you can't sell that now. The dirty looking old made it be an antique. So please be careful and see an antique dealer first. Good luck. Let me know how you make out. Thanks Linda (hercybaby AT

Question: Cleaning Leather Purse

How do you clean a leather purse?

By MaryEllen


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By gbk [45]10/22/2012

My ex husband made leather work and purses and I rode horses. Yes, you guessed it, I use saddle soap. It cleans softens and conditions all in one and you won't have to buy it more than once a year or two using it on purses. Even if it isn't pure leather but split leather, it will work. Remember if it is a light color, it will darken a little because of the oil needed to soften.

Question: Cleaning and Caring for a Leather Bag

My niece gave me a real leather bag which I use heavily. It now has an ashy grey look. I tried cleaning it with alcohol and methylated spirits. However when it dries the bag looks worse. How do I get back the color?

By Jo from Bridgetown, Barbados

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By janghaj07/08/2013

Ever tried saddle soap?

Question: Cleaning an Antique Leather Purse

I recently purchased a leather antique purse and wallet; I would like to clean and protect them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

By Laurie57 from Sunbury, PA

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Don't do it. I use to have a lot of antiques. I tried to clean this one lamp as it looked horrible the way it was. I took it to a dealer and he told me never ever clean antiques. It is worth nothing when it is cleaned. The dirty look gives it the antique look. He also told me that if I had to clean something to use orange cleaner. I would try that on your purse but that is it.

Question: Cleaning a Leather Purse

How can I clean a leather purse?

By ourkar

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By Kay [22]09/29/2009

A good thing for cleaning leather is Saddle Soap. It is usually found where the shoe polish is in stores.

Question: Removing Black Scuff Marks on Leather Purse

I have an aqua colored leather Coach bag. Is there a way to remove the black scuff marks from the bottom? Also how can I clean some light wearing on the handles?

By Laura

Question: Cleaning Dye Off a Leather Purse

I have an orange leather purse and a black leather purse faded on it. Is there anything that will take this out?


Question: Removing Henna Stain on Cole Haan Purse

I need help removing a henna stain from my Cole Haan purse.

By F I

Solutions: Cleaning a Leather Purse

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Archive: Cleaning a Leather Purse

I have several very expensive handbags and the leather is dull and dirty. How can I clean these leather purses and restore the shine. They were too expensive to throw away. I am ashamed to carry these purses because of the condition they are in.

Thank you,

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

I know that cornmeal and a brush will clean suede. Just apply dry and crush softly in . Let it set and brush out(quote)(/quote) (07/05/2005)

By mitzi

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

If it is a shiny or semi shiny leather - use Alberto VO5. Rub all over and buff it dry with paper towels or a soft cloth. It does a lovely job. I touch up my leather shoes with it as well. (07/05/2005)

By Annie

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

What about Son-of-A-Gun that is used in cleaning leather upholstery in a car! I have tried it on other leather items and it works very well. Happy cleaning! (07/05/2005)

By Connie.

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

Saddle soap (07/05/2005)

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

Use Avon's Skin So Soft. Apply it and then wipe it off. It works, even worked on my Leather Coat. Cleaned it right up. Works on purses and shoes, too. Skin so Soft is very versatile. Good luck (07/06/2005)

By Jackie

Archive: Cleaning a Leather Purse

What can I use to clean a tan leather purse? I do not want to buy expensive leather cleaner.

Lois from Pittsburgh, PA

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

I have used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my light colored leather purse. Worked great. I would test it on an inconspicuous area if it is a dark color, just to be careful. (09/01/2006)

By Jill from IA

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

I had almost forgotten about using hair spray on leather. Years ago, my then toddler son used a ball point pen on a leather-topped desk. I called a local furniture store and was told about the hair spray fix. I just sprayed the pen damage/marks and like magic they disappeared. Any brand/type of hair spray will do. (02/17/2009)

By Rachel

Archive: Cleaning a Leather Purse

I have a beautiful soft leather purse I do not want to give up because of a stain. I'm not sure what the spot is. Is there something I could use that won't make the spot bigger and not leave a water mark on the leather?

By Ivorylov from Ocala, FL

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

My aunt uses Vaseline to make her purses new again. Not sure if it will take the stain out, but it won't hurt. (04/22/2009)

By anelson825

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

A brilliant website is They sell a range of products called loving my bag, which will also work on your leather purse. Also they have a facebook profile, so if you need to ask any questions on leather care, you can post them on there and get free advice. (06/17/2009)

By charlie1239

Archive: Cleaning a Leather Purse

How do I clean a Lucky Brand Jeans leather purse?

By Nicole6780 from Delaware City, DE

RE: Cleaning a Leather Purse

You can email Lucky Brand Customer Service here: and ask for cleaning instructions. (06/29/2009)

By Fortunately