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How should you really wash a vegan handbag?

Posted by Tiina Partel on

Spilling something in your bag or finding a mysterious looking stain on it - it can happen with everyone. Luckily there's also a way to get your bag cleaned again.

When it comes to bags - if its a light colored bag it probably needs to be cleaned more often. If your bag is made from vegan leather like most of the CrystalynKae types including: Mini Troubadour toteXL Weekender Troubadour toteMetier toteBossa Nova Crossbody bag, and a Small Valet pouch, then it's also washing machine safe!

1. PREPARE: To make your cleaning procedure run smoothly, gather all the supplies you need: 

Prepare and collect everything you need

We recommend: rubbing alcohol, Folex carpet spray, vinegar, laundry soap, vacuum hand attachment, old toothbrush, laundry bag (or old pillowcase and safety pins)

2. REMOVE THE CONTENTS: To make it easier use a vacuum and thoroughly suction out crevices to remove all loose crumbles, debris and hair.

Remove all the loose crumble using a vacuum

3. PRE-TREAT THE STUBBORN STAINS: If your bag has ink stains, follow the steps in the next section (below) first.
Then, fully saturate any stains with Folex carpet spray and let fully absorb, then blot. Repeat for stubborn stains.

Use carpet spray to remove the stubborn stains

4. PUT YOUR BAG IN THE WASHING MACHINE: Enclose your bag inside a zippered mesh laundry bag, or use an old pillowcase and close with safety pins.
Add a tablespoon of laundry detergent, and a cup of vinegar to the washer. Wash in cold water on gentle cycle. Then hang dry, do not put in the dryer.

Enclose your bag inside an old pillowcase and put your bag in the washing machine

Now that your bag is neat and clean again, make sure you  repeat this procedure whenever you need to.  

And don't forget to treat your bag well, since prevention is always the best option to make sure your bag will last a long time!

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  • This is so helpful! I have been scared to clean my CK bags but now that I know how to do it safely, it’s time!

    Genevieve on
  • I love the laid-out image and the detailed explanation about how to wash my vegan handbag. The “Remove the contents” step is always such a valuable reminder! I’ve already managed to wash money and candies, when not checking all the pockets in my children’s jeans.

    Kate S on
  • Wow, truly, these images and explanations are so helpful! I remember reading about the washing possibility but still felt intimidated. I mean just throwing my vegan handbag into a washing machine seems a bit scary. Now I’m ready to do it when my beautiful Metier tote gets dirty! Thanks for the article!

    Irene on

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