How to Clean a Purse

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Clean a Purse. Whether you switch purses often or just have a favorite standby, toting a dirty, old handbag is definitely not your style. Keep it clean using the methods below.

Read any care instructions that came with the purse. Follow them carefully.

Empty the purse of its contents before you begin. Once it's empty, open it as widely as possible and shake out any dirt or debris.

If the lining appears sturdy enough, gently vacuum out the interior to remove every bit of dust and dirt. Don't forget those dirty zip-up pockets.

Dry clean a fabric purse, or spot clean it with warm water and a gentle detergent such as Woolite using a clean, white cloth. Blot - don't rub - as you go.

Use leather cleaner on a leather purse. Use suede cleaner on a suede purse.

Wipe a vinyl, plastic or wooden purse with a clean, damp cloth.

Take velvet or silk purses to the dry cleaners.


  • Apply a fabric protector such as Scotchgard to a fabric purse before you begin using it. Use leather protector on leather purses, and a protective spray without silicone for a suede purse. See "Related eHows" for information on removing stains.

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