How to Machine-Wash your Handbag
You'd be surprised at how many things are machine-washable, and any well-made handbag (non-leather) can be thrown in the washer, if you use these helpful tips. We can help you salvage your stained (or just filthy) handbag, to make it clean and fresh as new!
Featured below is a Crystalyn Kae coated-canvas (also known as glazed fabric) handbag. These directions will work for other bags too, but check with the manufacturer of your bag before proceeding.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
We recommend: rubbing alcohol, Folex carpet spray, vinegar, laundry soap, vacuum hand attachment, old toothbrush, laundry bag (or old pillowcase and safety pins)
Step 2: Pull lining to outside and Vacuum
With the brush attachment on your vacuum hose, thoroughly suction out crevices to remove all loose debris and hair.
Step 3: Pre-Treat
If your bag has ink stains, follow the steps in the next section (below) first.
Then, fully saturate any stains with Folex spray and let fully absorb, then blot. Repeat for stubborn stains.
Step 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.
Hang dry, do not put in the dryer.
How to remove ink stains from your handbag:
- Blot up any excess ink with paper towel. DO NOT RUB!
- Spot test a few drops of rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area before proceeding
- Then fully saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol and let soak in with out evaporating.
- Blot, pressing very hard (DO NOT RUB!) with a clean paper towel to both sides of the wet stain to absorb the ink.
- Repeat until stain is gone. No need to machine-wash, alcohol will evaporate over time.
6 handbag cleaning tricks that might surprise you!
- Disinfectant wipes work great and are completely safe to use on your coated-canvas bag for quick touch-ups. (do NOT use on leather!)
- Ink stains are best treated immediately. Squirt some hand sanitizer (alcohol!!) on the stain until you can get your bag home to treat/wash.
- Alcohol is also handy to remove scuff marks from bags (and shoes).
- Never use nail polish remover on your bag, it will damage the finish.
- Use shoe polish in a matching color (or clear) to bring back the shine on your bag and condition the materials to keep it waterproof.
- If you get a greasy stain on your purse, saturate with baby powder and let dry overnight. Then vacuum.