How to Clean Fabric Purse w/ Patent Leather Accents?

Apr 7, 2014
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Hi guys!

This is my first post :smile:

I'm a bit of a Coach newbie, but I am totally obsessed now that I have started buying a few, especially when you can get them at such great prices on eBay.

So, my question is this: I got a used blue Coach Poppy 3D Art Glam Tote (style #14983) & the fabric on it is dirty. It's a canvas like material, but the accents around the handles are aqua patent leather, and I am so afraid that in the process of getting the stains out of the fabric that I will ruin the patent leather trim.




My initial thought was to try OxiClean on the fabric (because that stuff is seriously a miracle worker) but I am so afraid that it will ruin the leather as I've heard of people having that issue.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 
Apr 7, 2014
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Michigan
I'm in the kitchen now taking soap and water to the handles with a toothbrush. It's quite effective actually! And, according to Coach, soap & water won't hurt patent leather.

There is just very very faint brown on the handles now (much less than in the before pics) & so I'm going to take OxiClean to it very sparingly and try my best to avoid the leather parts, which shouldn't be too hard such I used to soap & water to do the majority of the hard work.
 
Apr 7, 2014
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Michigan
The cleaning is finished. I guess it's a good thing I was willing to take risks on my $50 purse, since nobody else had any advice to contribute.


The purse is next to perfect. It looks very gently used, but much better than when I first got it. I am really impressed with how much of a beating this tote will take without becoming damaged. I used 3 different stain fighters on it (outdated OxiClean, Grease Lightening, & Shout). I can't really say which one worked best - honestly I think the plain soap & water was the most effective.



I spot treated the handles with soap & water & a toothbrush & then I put it in the tub and soaked it in water & put a ton of stain fighter on it & let it hang in the shower. I repeated this process about 4 times within an hour and scrubbed the bag with a toothbrush each time. When it looked as good as I was capable of getting it, I stuffed it very taut with white towels taut & it is now hanging in the shower to dry. I think when it dries I am going to be really impressed & happy, especially since this was only my 3rd Coach, & my first cleaning project with a used one.

I'd post after pics if anybody is interested, although the before pics don't really show how brown some of the canvas was (especially the handles!).