Leather Coach purses aren’t cheap and they are often the pride and joy of their owners, but unfortunately, purses are prone to getting used, battered, worn, and dirty quite quickly, so they need looking after properly.
Leather has specific needs when it comes to cleaning, and because Coach items are expensive designer pieces, care needs to be taken in order to not ruin them. Here’s how to properly clean your leather Coach purse without damaging it.
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Cleaning Your Leather Coach Purse
Coach’s Own Leather Cleaner
Naturally, your best option here is to invest in a bottle of Coach’s own leather cleaner. If you’re planning on treating yourself or a loved one to a leather Coach item, you should be able to purchase a bottle of this cleaning solution in-store.
To clean your purse with this liquid, make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging to ensure it’s done correctly.
Warm Water & (Mild) Dish Soap
For this option, you will need the following items:
- Clean Cloth / paper towels
- Q-Tip (optional)
- Mild dish soap (unscented / uncolored)
- Warm water
- Microfiber cloth
*Please note: this method won’t work on permanently stained items.
- Using a clean cloth or a paper towel, wipe off any excess dirt or spillages on your purse. Be careful not to rub it in, as that can make it harder to remove.
- Mix the mild hand soap with warm water to make a solution.
- Take a clean cloth and dip in the solution, and do not over saturate, just gently rub it with a small amount.
- (Optional) To get into those hard-to-reach places, use a Q-Tip to apply the solution to any dirt or stains.
- Using a fresh damp cloth, begin to wipe the cleaner from the bag until all the soap has been removed. Again, gently does it.
- Using the microfiber cloth, dab the spot dry until all moisture has been lifted to avoid damaging your bag.
- Allow the bag to air dry completely.
- If this doesn’t work, repeat. If not, seek advice from the brand’s customer service.
Other Ways to Clean Your Coach Purse
- Take it to a dry-cleaners.
- Try rubbing alcohol to remove any stains.
- Use baking soda and a warm, clean, damp cloth to lift any stains.
- Baby wipes.
How to Keep Your Coach Purse Clean (& in Good Condition)
As with all genuine leather items, it is wise to invest in a decent leather conditioner to protect your item and keep it looking good. Coach also sells a moisturizer, which you can use to prevent your leather bag from drying out.
Also, avoid using your bag on days when they may succumb to bad weather, or where they may get dirty or stained with items like food, mud, paint, etc.
Coach bags aren’t cheap, so if you’re worried it may get damaged during everyday activities, maybe invest in a cheaper purse for those days and use your Coach purse for special occasions.
Types of Coach Bags
- Classic Signature
- Mini Signature
- Graphic Signature
- Optic Signature
- Signature Stripe
- Soho Buck Leather
- Soho Vintage Leather
- Hamptons Buck Leather
- Legacy Buck Leather
- Polished Calf Leather
- English Bridle Leather
- Soho Retro Treated Leather
To be sure, it can be wise to speak to a Coach representative about how to keep your purse in the best condition and what cleaning items work best on a specific type of leather.
How to Remove Liquid Stains From a Leather Bag
Some stains (such as bleach, dye, or paint) can be bad news for catastrophic for leather, but other stains can be handled without causing any permanent damage to your bag.
Please note – avoid applying water to the stain straight away, as this can make it worse. Here is an effective home stain removal method for leather purses:
- Gently blot the stained area as soon as possible with a clean, dry cloth or tissue. You want to absorb as much of the liquid as possible as quickly as possible.
- Once you have removed any excess liquid, you can then dab the stained area with a damp cloth or tissue using warm water.
- Start at the outside of the stain and work inwards. This will stop the stain from spreading.
- Dab the stained area with a dry cloth or tissue to absorb any left-over water or cleaner. Never rub the stained area as this can cause the stain to bleed.
- Your bag is best left to dry in a warm room. Do not apply heat directly to the stained area as this can set the stain – and do NOT put your bag in the dryer!
Coach leather purses are on the higher end of the quality and price scale, so it is important to take good care of your bag so that it lasts a lifetime. Investing in a good-quality leather cleaner, conditioner, and/or moisturizer can be a good move.
Avoiding taking your purse out where it may receive water damage, various staining, and of course – keeping it away from children will preserve the life of your purse.
If in doubt, seek cleaning advice from a dry-cleaner, or from the customer service representatives at Coach.
Last update on 2023-09-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API