How do I clean my white coach bag? I have a white leather coach bag and is dirty and it looks real bad. I have used all kinds of cleaning stuff and nothing works. Maybe you can help me.
Eliza from Trenton, NJ
Sabina from Philadelphia, PA
I would just scrub the soap latter onto a facecloth and scrub like scrubbing a floor. Let me tell you it would get very dirty at times and one could not wear it until it was cleaned. I would lay it flat on the table and it would get pretty wet. Then I would rinse it off with clean water using a facecloth. Then, I would hang it up on a wooden hanger and shape it a little. I would hang it overnight and the coat would be dry the next day, and ready to wear. After it dries it becomes a little stiff, but after a few wears it goes back to being a very soft leather.
Let me tell you I must have cleaned that coat about a dozen times, because it was my favourite, and when it went out of style; I just threw it away, but did keep the belt for other accessories.
Also, after washing it came out looking like it was brand new, and I truly believe that I don't think the cleaners would have gotten it as clean. I believe, all the money I saved from dry cleaning would have bought me a brand new leather coat for sure! Someone suggested using a conditioner. That probably would be a good thing. I would use it after it would dry, that would probably soften up the leather. Good luck! I guarantee you a 100% you will be satisfied in your result, and wear that purse forever. (07/12/2008)
But if it's real leather, (like your purse is), then I'd treat it like leather shoes and use a quality tennis shoe cleaner and maybe even a white shoe polish if it does darken. This shoe polish also comes in an ivory color and can hide a multitude of "sins". Just use it sparingly and buff it to a sheen. Better yet, go into a store that sells quality leathers or athletic shoes or e-mail the company that makes your purse and ask them.
I revived a nasty old and cracked leather jacket for my old boyfriend and it looked like new! All it took was some black shoe polish and a bit of TLC, some elbow grease and it looked just like new when I finished. He couldn't believe how good it looked, as he was going to throw it away! But before you use the shoe polish, wipe it down with a non-oily baby wipe first.
Another idea: Go into a Western Wear store and ask them. They sell all kinds of leather cleaners (for dress cowboy boots and fancy horse saddles).
For old and cracked leather you can uses "Hair Serum" like CitreShine hair serum (for frizzy hair). The first several ingredients listed should be dimethicone or another silicone type product. Make sure it says "Hair Serum" and not "Hair Laminator". This silicone based product will put back the suppleness into the leather. Just wipe a tiny bit on with a soft cloth and buff it off. But any leather product like mink oil should be kept away from the seams because it can make the thread in the seams break down quicker. Especially if the thread is made from cotton. When you hear that mink oil is bad for leather, that isn't true. It's not bad for the leather, but is actually bad for the seams that hold the garment together. (07/12/2008)
By grandma of 5
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