I put a 19yr old Louis Vuitton Monogram Alma PM in the washer and dryer...

  1. #1 May 10, 2014
    Last edited: May 10, 2014
    Please accept my apologies in advance for the long post.

    I purchased a much abused 19 year old pre-loved Alma PM for avery low cost. Since it did not cost me much, I decided to try cleaning it myself before sending it off to Louis Vuitton for repair. Here are the steps I took in an attempt to rescue my pre-loved Alma PM.
    • First, let me start off by saying, this bag was very dirty and had many stains, so I did not feel comfortable washing it in my tub or bathroom sink. Therefore, I put the Alma in a lingerie bag and went to the Laundromat. I placed the Alma, its dust bag and two old towels (towels were used as a buffer to prevent damage during the spin cycles) in the machine, added 1/4 cup of Murphy's Oil Soap and Pine-Sol and selected the permanent press wash cycle.
    • After the wash was complete, most of the stains were gone or barely noticeable and I now had a clean and germ/odor free bag. I did not want to leave the leather saturated with water for too long, so I placed the towels and the Alma, which I placed inside its dust bag, in the dryer. I used the permanent press cycle and kept the bag in the dryer until the leather felt damp, but not soaking wet. Fearful that the canvas might melt (:nuts:) or the leather would dry and crumble, I checked the bag every 5 minutes to make sure the canvas everything was OK. I only kept the bag in the dryer for a total of 15 minutes.
    • I let the bag air dry overnight before applying leather conditioner, moisturizer and gently buffing the leather to a shine.
    • I also cleaned the lock and key because they were severely tarnished. I used Bar Keepers Friend to clean the lock and keys. When I compared the cleaned lock to another lock, I noticed the color was not as vibrant. I think the lock for the Alma is pure brass vs. the coated brass ones they are now making.
    Overall, I am pleased with the results and happy that I did not destroy the bag. I look forward to using my new-to-me Alma. Hopefully, I'll get a few months or year of usage before I need to have the leather replaced.

    Thanks for letting me share this experience with you.

    Warning: I am not suggesting you launder your Louis Vuitton handbag; I am just sharing my experience. I will update this post in a few weeks to advise if I notice any issues with the canvas or leather.
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  2. Wow. It looks pretty good. I would haved loved to see a before and after photo.
  3. Wow!
  4. Wow, that's impressive . And you are brave enough !
    Congrats with new and clean alma.

  5. I was disappointed that I didn't capture the filth to show before and after pictures. I realized the missed opportunity while watching how dirty the water was during the initial wash cycle. If I attempt this craziness again, I will be sure to capture before and after pictures.
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  6. Thanks. I'm not sure if I was being brave, or just plain crazy. I did prepare myself for disaster just in case. I'm glad it turned out well.
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  7. It looks great now! Great job! :smile:
  8. Well done looks fab as they say nothing ventured nothing gained x
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  9. Well done :smile:
  10. Wow you were brave. Nice though.

    Be Blessed MoNikki
  11. Wow, that is a true testament to how durable and long lasting LV bags are!
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  12. Amazing
  13. Looks great
  14. Wow. That's a well made bag.
  15. Wow...I'm curious ;P