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.

Items you will need

  • Clean Cloth
  • Mild Detergent
  • Warm Water
  • Clean cloth
  • vacuum cleaner
  • leather cleaner
  • suede cleaner
Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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.


  • To keep the interior of your purse clean, don't put pens inside without caps, keep your makeup in a small, separate makeup bag, put any candy in a zipper plastic bag before putting it in your purse, and be sure any lotion, hand sanitizer or other liquid or gel products are securely capped.