You spent a lot of money on your purse and want to keep it looking good. This is a guide about cleaning a Coach purse.
By nikku 1
I own a small Coach purse, it's not big enough for a make-up bag, so I thought nothing of it to put my eyeliner (pencil) in there. When I went to look in it, there was eyeliner marks all over one side, so I got a Q tip and put water on it, I then began to notice that it was coming off, so it started to use a towel to get the marks out, it didn't help. Did I ruin this purse? Is there anything that I can do to get it off?
October 9, 2010
I have been told that Wilson's (the leather store) leather cleaner and moisturizer is a cheaper substitute for the coach purses and other leather ware. It supposed to work just as good as the coach cleaners and moisturizers, but for less money. I have never tried myself so I can't give you an opinion on that. Good luck.
By melissa25 2
This is so very simple. I wish I had figured this out a long time ago. I had 100's of ink stains on the inside of my Coach bags. I had never tried to get them out, until the other day. I had an alcohol swab and began to rub and rub. Eventually all, yes all, of the ink marks came out. I couldn't believe it.
You will need a lot of alcohol swabs or just buy a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a thin cloth. You have to work at it for a little bit, but it works. Now I'm ready to sell what was once ready to throw out! I'll definitely get more money. I was excited it worked so well!
Later I'll post on how to clean the outside. There are two ways. Check for that post, coming soon. First I want to see how this works for you. Please post pics and let me know.
By Melissa C. 1
I bought a Coach small hobo purse in light blue and aqua from a friend. The really pretty white leather looks horrible. It's like she had the sunless tanning lotion on and it rubbed off on the white leather. I have no idea on how to get the strap white again. Do you think I could put it in the washer on delicate? Please help.
By Melissa from LA
October 5, 2013
No. Don't machine wash leather because it will fall apart. I had a beautiful leather coat and made the mistake of machine washing it. It is totally ruined. Perhaps someone here knows how to clean leather. I don't know how but I do know not to machine wash it.
I am at a real loss. Some how I got sharpie on my new White Coach bag. The purse is made from nylon and has a been "pre-treated" so not to get any stains. Every other time I get anything on it, I just wash it and it's gone. Not this time. I didn't put it in the dryer, but a little bleach and a turn in the machine did nothing. Please help!
August 7, 2005
We use sharpies on resin christmas ornaments and we use enamal thinner from the hobby store (not nail polish remover) to erase mistakes.. maybe it will work for you.
I buy awful looking Coach purses off eBay clean them up and resell them. In my experience this is what I have found that works best. If it's a fabric purse whether it's satin, canvas, or even cotton this product that is sold at the DollarTree is all you need. It's called "Awesome" it's yellow and comes in a spray bottle.
You can clean anything with this stuff; it's great. The label says dilute, but I use it straight. I spray the whole bag and saturate the dirtiest areas. I then scrub with a toothbrush. After that, I wash it in the machine with towels or some bulky items, then if the stains are still there, repeat. I've only had to do that once because the bag was really dirty. Once washed clean I pack the inside with towels to hold the shape. It looks like new!
I will also use a tarnished cloth to shine up the hardware. Sometimes the leather lightens on the corners. I lightly go over it with a Sharpie of the same shade. The suede and patent leather purses are a lost cause. Once dirt has dried on suede it is so hard to get out. I have yet to find anything that will take the black marks off the patent leather.
Coach purses are made very well so don't worry too much about washing it in the machine. It won't hurt it.
Here's a challenge question? I have a white pebbled leather Coach purse that the white has rubbed off with the slightest of touch. How can I restore the white color back onto the bag. It's turning a greenish color from the leather under the white color. With it being pebbled leather also this is a tricky one. I'm stumped and upset. The first time I tried cleaning it the corners and very front upper white starting coming off. I only used a wet micro fiber cloth and that's all. I barely even wiped it.
August 11, 2013
Hi - I really meant to say that Coach states they do NOT allow their products to be discounted in any store that legally buys from them.
Some of the eBay sellers do sell legitimate Coach handbags and some do not. Always be very careful when purchasing something like this and as always "if it is too good to be true" it probably isn't.
It is legal to sell used authentic Coach purses.
I have purchased a patent leather Coach bag online. It had a few spots of dark stains that look more like ugly burn marks. Any ideas?
May 20, 2013
Clean the area that is stained with saddle soap. Apply the saddle soap with a soft cloth and follow label instructions on the saddle soap. If the saddle soap is glycerin based then spray directly onto the leather.
Then put on a shea butter based conditioner using a soft cloth in circular motions. Do this twice a year if it is exposed to the elements frequently. Once a year otherwise.
Spray your black leather suitcase with a water repellent product designed only for leather. This will make spills bead up and not soak in the leather.
My black and gray fabric Coach purse has stains on the bottom and it's getting dirty around the zipper area. How can I clean it on my own?
By Adriana T. from Phoenix, AZ
April 9, 2013
I trust Dawn dish washing liquid for a lot of things, I bathe my dog to rid her of fleas and ticks, clean carpet stains, wipe off my leather couches. Try using on a damp washcloth with a few drops of Dawn and warm water. Be sure it air dries off thoroughly before using again.
I have a beige leather Coach bag with pen marks on the outside of the bag. How would you suggest removing pen stains?
November 19, 2011
I had pen marks on a good leather bag and I used liquid dawn dish soap on a wet cloth; good as new.
How do I clean the outside of my Coach purse? It is off white and showing dirt quickly.
September 15, 2011
If it is a vinyl or leather purse, try some Dow Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner. I have used it on vinyl shoes and handbags, and it works great. If it is a fabric purse, I would take it to a reputable dry cleaner to get it cleaned. Then I would spray it with Scotchguard to protect it. You could probably just use a damp soapy cloth from then on to spot clean it. Hope this helps.
How would you clean a white/pink canvas Coach bag? It is brand new and supposed to be stain resistant, but now I have dark markings, most likely from rubbing on clothing, that are in the creases of the bag.
August 10, 2011
Hi. Coach bags are expensive so be very careful with any cleaner. I go to the web site and ask questions, usually get good answers. Just ask about your particular bag.
By linda 1
I have a Coach handbag. The white leather handles have turned a little grey. How can I clean this?
By Linda from Palm Springs, CA
June 12, 2012
Wow, I am so close to sticking my coach bag in the washer! Your purse looks great!
I have a black leather Coach purse and it's looking dull. It is getting a good many scuff marks on it. So my question is, what can I use to bring it back to life? The purse itself is special because it was my mom's and she used it regularly too before she passed away. Now I've been carrying it for 8 years everyday and I'm pretty rough on purses. Advice please!
October 3, 2015
A good shoe repair shop can work wonders for your bag. After all, they work with leather most of the time and produce excellent repairs. You can describe what you would like (and how much the bag means to you!) and you will get a cost estimate for the work.
I just bought a used Coach purse and it needs to be cleaned very badly. It is a yellowish gold fabric purse with tan leather handles and trim. How do I clean it with out damaging the bag? Thanks.
How do I get the smell of cigarette smoke out of a Coach bag?
March 4, 2015
Check this out: http://www.vamooseproducts.com/?gclid=CJbsiuGHj8QCFU5o7AodkzoAAw
I have removed many odors from bags, luggage, trunks, shoes, etc. by filling with wadded up newspapers which you'll need to change every few days until the odor is gone. I understand that cigarette odor is a really tough one and the newspaper might not work alone. Good luck!
By Terri Q. 1
I'm "oh so rough" with my purses. I bought a second hand Coach ban online because I don't want the guilt of trashing an expensive bag but still want to look good. So for the price, I got a nice bag but it was pretty dirty. Yuck! But I can't complain for what I paid.
Just like the earlier posts, I tossed it in the wash on delicate with two towels. OMG, it looks amazing. Huge improvement. I used a little bit of laundry detergent and hung it to dry. Now, I didn't have much to risk, so it's your call if you have a real pricey one.
I have handbags such as Coach and Gucci which I've had for quite sometime. On their interiors I have either marker or pen marks. I am truly hoping someone can help me get rid of them. If so, I would be sooo appreciative! Thanking you in advance.
By nicolexx18 1
I had bought a small blue Coach wristlet off this app/website, called Poshmark. It was gently used the lady said, and she said there were no marks or stains. I have recently found one. I really like this wristlet, and I was wondering if anyone could help me with how I should get this stain out? My wristlet isn't leather. It's just the normal fabric for Coach purses/wristlets.
July 2, 2015
I would suggest using a soft bristled toothbrush (baby toothbrush is best but regular brush works too) and a bit of Dawn soap (the blue colored). I have cleaned several bags and wristlets this way, just scrub very lightly, then take a damp cloth and wipe away suds. Repeat if necessary :)
How do I get a smell out of the inside of a leather Coach tote? A probiotic juice leaked inside my red leather tote. I tried cleaning it out immediately and it dried quickly, but it still smells like that juice. How can I get it out?
By Sam D.
I received a hand me down Coach purse from the Poppy collection. It was pretty dirty and I thought I could get it clean. Overall the bag looked better, but I think I ruined the front leather, gold, sewn tag. The tag was gold and had the name Coach and Poppy and some other writing on it. After trying to scrub it clean the label looks beige as if someone painted over it and you can barely see the writing. I'm hoping that this is repairable. Someone please help. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
November 25, 2013
I would take the purse to a craft store like Pat Catan's, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. They carry so many products that should be able to help you restore it. I would go during a slow time and you're likely to find someone with experience to help you.
If you strike out there you can also try a shoe repair shop.
I bought a used Coach Signature coated khaki handbag, heritage stripe 11350. The straps are very dirty and they should be white. How do I clean not only the straps, but the entire handbag? Only the outside needs cleaning. Thanks.
How would you clean Wite-Out off your Coach purse?
After reading the tip about throwing your Coach bag in the washer I thought I'd give it a try. I had found the purse as I was cleaning up after the last tenant moved out of the rental property I own. The purse looked like new except it was a little dirty. Since it was a found item I figured, why not? I put it in the washing machine on delicate cycle with a couple towels as previously recommended, used cold water and Woolite and hung it up dry. It came out perfect; looks brand new. It is a sateen finish bag with leather handles and trim.
I have a stained patent leather off-white Coach purse. The Coach people tell me to only use a damp cloth so as not to damage the patent leather. It is not working at all. Has anyone found something that works?
By Lauri K.
How do I clean coffee spilled all over a coach purse?
By Kevin D.
Thank you for the tip, the alcohol swabs did the trick. All my pen marks are gone! I still have dirt to clean in the lining. Should I wait to clean it that until the alcohol has dried or continue cleaning it?
How can I get a hot pink lipstick stain out of my fabric Coach wallet?
I have a Coach Madison Maggie laser cut bag. It is a gold dusted dirt magnet. How do I keep it clean? My purse is considered leather, but no leather cleaner can be used because it's soft leather with a shiny gold finish over it=\ I'm extremely careful, but any dirt shows up on it and I spent a lot of money on it. Please any suggestions on how to clean it would be greatly appreciated!
How do you get a dirt stain out of a silk Coach purse?
By Mia K.
How do I remove teriyaki sauce from my fabric Coach purse without using the Coach fabric cleaner that is recommended?
I spilled my berry smoothie all over my beige and turquoise leather trim Coach backpack. I have dabbed off as much of the smoothie as I could. However I do not want a permanent stain. What should I do?
By Anonymous from CA
By Brianna B 1
I have this black, red, white, and grey fabric Coach purse with black leather trim and handles. I have a ring around the bottom that's quite dirty. How would I get this clean at home? Any suggestions? Please help.
By Brianna B
I have this Peyton C embossed patent convertible Coach bag. It has a dye transfer on it because I put it together with my clothes. I tried to use the vinegar and saddle soap, but it doesn't work. Then finally I decided to use Clorox, using the cotton buds, but it's getting worse. I only used it one time, then this happens. It's a leather different to regular patent leather. Guys help me! I will truly appreciate it.
My Coach purse is not leather, it's the pink striped one with blue, green, white, yellow, and purple and the handles are brown leather. The bottom of the purse is black. I would love it looking like I just bought it. Please help.
How do I get a stain out of my Coach bag? It maybe rain or some other stain?
By Lisa Solis 1
How do I remove lipstick from my fabric Coach purse?
Can anyone tell me how to clean a coach leather handbag/purse? Is there a homemade recipe for cleaning leather purses? Thanks and please reply asap.
I had this great leather purse made in ITALY and the leather was a light camel color and ever so creamy soft. One day while dining at a restaurant I, by mistake, picked up a pat of butter under my little medicine container, that I brought with me and placed it in my purse. When I went to use the purse the next time I found (you guessed it) a large greasy stain that had gone right through the lining.
I called several businesses that deal with leather as well as brought it to 3 different shoe cobblers. No one would touch it. Even after I suggested how it might come out if it were to be dyed a darker color, like navy or black, they all told me the same thing... no guarantee. Is your handbag lightly soiled or badly stained? You could always try good old fashioned saddlesoap which you can purchase in a good shoe store. Good luck. (02/14/2005)
By joesgirl (Guest Post)
Coach has a cleaner for their leather pieces. You might try searching for "Coach" to see if they have a website. The salesperson did tell me not to use other cleaners because they would damage the leather. (02/28/2005)
By Debbie (Guest Post)
How can I clean my Coach Purse other than using their product?
azleeann from Phoenix, AZ
I have used mink oil and also the inexpensive leather shoe cleaner lotion in store. I have 6 coach purses and have used it on all of them. It is much cheaper. (05/29/2006)
I bought a Coach purse on ebay and received it in very soiled condition I heard that Murphy's oil soap would work well I tried it and you would be AMAZED at how well it cleaned the leather! (06/15/2006)
To clean suede use a suede cleaning eraser ( it has pumice in it and rubber) the combination removes dirt very effectively.
To clean leather safely you should use a leather cleaner that is pH 4.5 matched to leather. Most cleaners are detergents and soaps (coach has a list of leathers that you SHOULD NOT use with their cleaner). The safest cleaner on the market is called Lovin my Bags. It is safe for unfinished leathers too. If the cleaner doesn't do it, they have professional services to restore the leather.
By Barbara Hamel
I heard that white vinegar removes stains well. (06/22/2006)
i work with handbags and to clean little spots in the Canvas (signature) handbags, a little seltzer water, some gentle soap (like Dove) and a toothbrush usually works. For leather try a baby wipe, the Coach leather moisturizer, or even a product called Goo Gone (look in craft stores or Home Depot), but test the Goo Gone on a "hidden" spot before using all over the bag. When all else fails take it to a VERY trusted dry cleaners. (06/25/2006)
Do not use any kind of soap, pH is 7 at best if it is neutal. Leather is 4.5. The chemistry is important or leather will rot. Ink comes out with a white eraser, if you catch it in time. No vinegar on leather it is too acidic and can pull out the color. The best cleaner is the Lovin my Bags brand. It is safe for ALL leathers and has a pH of 4.5. It is made specifically for delicare designer handbags. I work with leather and this is the only product I would recommend for any designer leather handbag cleaning. (06/28/2006)
How can I clean my black and white Coach purse without there product?
Christine from Phoenix, AZ
If there is a coach store near your home just take the purse in and see if they will clean it for you. They've cleaned mine before! (07/24/2006)
How do you clean general overall dirt form a pre-owned Coach signature fabric purse?
Maria from South NJ
I actually have a white Coach purse and it is the cloth material. I use a clean wash cloth with regular ol' dish soap and the hottest water you can stand on your hands. Get the bag soaking wet, then get your cloth wet. Put about a half-dollar size amount of soap onto your cloth, when you rub it on the purse you can scrub it pretty hard. After I get it nice and soapy I rinse it off just a little bit and I've thrown mine right into the washing machine on super gentle and I have had really great results. If you take the purse to the dry cleaners the purse WILL turn yellow. Good luck. (11/14/2006)
Unscented Baby Wipes! They have worked wonderfully on my two-year old khaki Signature bag. They were recommended by a Coach store manager. Important that you get unscented and non-lotion type wipes. I have had excellent results with Huggies Unscented Natural Care wipes and also Kleenex Moist Wipes in a box. Just lightly scrub into the fabric and you will see the soil coming off into the wipe. Doing this every 3-4 weeks takes off the surface dirt and really brightens up my bag. They also a great for a quick cleaning of leather bags and shoes. (03/25/2007)
For bags of canvas/cloth or cloth sections - I always spray with Scotch Guard or similar anti-stain spray before wearing, carefully avoiding the leather! It repels most stains and makes them much easier to sponge off. I have a lovely La Coste bag I was given that I won't use until I have sprayed it. (04/18/2007)
I have an off white Signature bag and Coach does not sell cleaner for that fabric. A store clerk told me to try Shout wipes and they got the stains off. I tried a small area on the back of the bag first and it didn't stain. (06/06/2007)
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I have the Scribble (white with different color C's) and for small marks like pen or pencil, I use a "Tide To Go Pen", they really work. No good for large marks though. (06/17/2007)
Listen ignore the vinegar stuff and the buying the special cleaner stuff. The best thing to use is honestly, some Dial Antibacterial Hand soap. Just get a towel and you can put soap on the bag or the spots or even on the towel. It doesn't damage the bag or the color. However do not wipe the leather handles. The white can rub off if you rub too hard, if you want to clean it rub gently and lightly and once you see brown strikes stop right away.
Make sure the towel is wet and keep wetting the bag with the towel and the soap, it gets the stain out faster. Also rub and scrub it takes some scrubbing and pushing into so just don't be scared to scrub. I got this bag almost a year ago and I got it dirty like crazy. I just cleaned it for the first time in basically a year. I just cleaned it actually two minutes ago and it looks brand new. Trust me on this one. (07/20/2007)
I have a blue suede Coach wristlet and it was very dirty just from normal wear and tear. I used a carpet and upholstery cleaner and an all purpose sponge with a little hot water. I scrubbed lightly and let it dry. It actually came out great! (08/22/2007)
I was on the verge of tears when I sprayed Scotchguard on my patchwork/leather coach handbag and it left bluish spots on the brown leather. The Coach conditioner didn't work, soap and water didn't work. Finally I tried Shout Ultra Gel stain remover. It works on my clothes so well I thought "why not". I put a small amount of the Shout gel on a wet washcloth and worked it into the leather, miraculously it came out! (09/20/2007)
I threw my cloth and suede Coach purse in the dishwasher. It came out beautiful and then I even threw it in the dryer. It looks like a new Coach purse! I am thrilled! (09/26/2007)
I was able to clean blue ink marks on my white leather Coach purse with 70% solution of rubbing alcohol. Put some on a cotton ball and dab the area, don't rub. Let it dry for about 15 minutes and you will see it works! The area will be dull but you can put on the leather moisturizer to bring the shine back. (09/30/2007)
Hairspray gets rid of pen marks.
I have a Signature Patchwork purse that I bought a few months ago, and the suede patches on the corners got very stained and dirty. I went to the Coach store and they were no help at all, so I just bought a suede care kit at my local food store that came with a suede eraser bar and a brush. After about 20 minutes of rubbing the stains, they disappeared! I highly recommend using this if you are trying to clean a suede purse. (01/09/2008)
Go to the Coach website and type in Cleaning Products you can order the cleaner for $10 on the website. (01/09/2008)
I have the white Coach purse with the colorful C's, I cleaned the fabric with hand soap, a white cloth, and water. It worked really well. Don't be scared to scrub it hard then gently wipe the leather handles with the same soapy cloth. Then I used a white paper towel with white vinegar to clean the suede stripes above the outside pockets. It worked really good just don't scrub the suede part too hard . (01/11/2008)
I have the Signature Coach purse with the C's in black and silver. I used Woolite to clean it by hand. Now my purse looks like new again! (03/16/2008)
I have a white Coach purse and the dye from my blue jean pants faded on to it. I used 70% alcohol it worked but I also used a white wash cloth and Joy soap that you wash dishes with and warm water. My purse looks brand new and it is beautiful. (03/27/2008)
I agree with the mild soap and hot water tip. On the official Coach website it even suggests soap/water for a number of different bags that you can't use their cleaner on.
If you plan on keeping your purse forever, you can also do what I did and tack "feet" to the bottom of your white purse. This will keep the white bottom from touching whatever surface you set it on. I had a friend that also put a piece of matching colored felt, (or any other material) on the bottom of her purse with "Glue Dots" in the corners. No one will ever notice unless you flip your purse over, you won't get the actual purse dirty, and the "Glue Dots" come off without ruining the purse. You can find them at your local craft store.
I hope this helps to all you Coach lovers out there. (03/28/2008)
For non suede bags, Gonzo works wonders. You can buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond. (06/05/2008)
I wouldn't listen to the Coach people. As much as I like them, they're wrong. When you call Coach and ask how to clean the bag, most of them say "sorry, you can't" just because they want you to buy another purse. I just used Dove bar soap and a washcloth. I have the purse made out of fabric with the scribble Cs on it. I took the washcloth and put it under hot water, smeared the soap in it, wrung it out and then scrubbed gently to remove the stains. It worked! NEVER, ever, spray Scotchguard on fabric purses! (08/27/2008)
I have a white Coach bag and it now has grass stains and dirt all over it. I tried to wash it with a toothbrush, soap and water and it's still there! What should I do? Should I take it to the dry cleaners? Should I put Spray and Wash on it?
By Mrs. Baker from Burnaby, BC
From what I have always been told when I buy Coach purses, you have to buy their cleaner to clean them. Anything else will void the warranty that is with them. (03/30/2009)
For my Brass/Gold Stud Lurex Tote, I was having problems cleaning the little areas of suede near the straps and side pockets. I tried wiping it down with baby wipes but that didn't work. I don't know how I came up with the idea of using a white eraser (regular school eraser) but it works so well. I am ecstatic now that it looks better, an easy fix. (03/31/2009)
Actually I figured it out. I tried so many things, cleaning it with soap and water, taking it to the dry cleaners, etc. What worked was carpet cleaner (no joke). I sprayed a little bit of carpet cleaner on a small dirty spot on my bag and it came out perfectly! So I did my whole bag and all the grass stains and dirt and anything else that was on it was gone, it literally looks new. Love it! (03/31/2009)
By Mrs. Baker
How can I clean a suede Coach purse, where it has gotten dirty at the bottom?
By vickiland53 from Denton, TX
Wash it with a wash cloth or get saddle soap (just for leathers) and then a suede brush. Used to be with hush puppies shoes this was put in the box at the counter. Everyone had a hush puppy brush! (04/07/2009)
Please tell me that there is a way to get grease out of white (untreated) soft pebble leather. I just purchased a $400 white leather Coach bag last week, my very first one. As I reached into my car to grab something, it brushed up against the door jam and left a brown grease mark across the front of my bag. Somebody, please tell me that there is hope. Thanks.
I would try corn starch to absorb the oil, then wait and see if there's any stain left. You might also call the Coach customer service line for help. Good luck. I have always dreamed of having a large Coach bag too. (06/04/2009)
I agree with Jackie's posting using the dish soap. I personally used Bath and Body Work's shower gel to promote a better smell, but the dish washing liquid would probably clean it better, especially if there is grease or oil on it. I do have to disagree with the comment that the Coach people won't help you because they just want you to buy a new bag. They are the ones who told me to try soap and water. I wouldn't try that unless it was a last resort, but it was a filthy second hand bag. It worked well. (06/17/2009)
Any luck? I'm actually dying here trying to clean a black, now smeared, spot off my new bag! I'm just sick about it! (06/28/2009)
I need a product to clean a stain on a Coach bag.
I own a black and gray fabric Coach purse and got blue jean dye on it. I looked online for ways to get it out and I found this site with a suggestion to use the 70% Rubbing Alcohol then some dish soap and water to wash it, and it worked! Thank you, Briana! (10/06/2009)
My husband bought me a Coach bag and I got ink stains and makeup on it. I keep hiding my purse so he won't see it. I need help please.
By Guadalupe from Fontana, CA
Coach purses are very expensive, you are a very lucky woman. Please take it to your local cleaners and have them try to get the makeup out. My daughter did the same thing and the cleaners got the stain out, it looked good as new. Good luck. (10/29/2009)
I just wanted to say thank you for the suggestion of using an unscented baby wipe to remove stain from a fabric Coach purse. It worked like a charm. I'm not sure where or when I got the stain, but it came out with a little scrubbing with the wipe. (10/31/2009)