When you’ve invested a lot of money in a handbag, making sure it’s a forever item is a must. Handbags are used almost everyday and we keep them almost anywhere- in the washroom, office table, dining table, floor etc. and it can get stained very easily! Stubborn stains can be quite tricky to get rid of! Here are some tricks and tips to remove stains from handbags:
TALCUM POWDER OR CORNSTARCH
In the case of oil stains, use talcum powder or cornstarch to absorb the oil and prevent the stain from spreading. For best results, let the powder sit on the stain for a few hours, then clear excess powder using a soft brush. After that, you can wash the bag using a mild dish soap (perfect for canvas bags, although checkout for your handbag washing instructions).
For any stains on patent leather, whether you’re dealing with a bag or a shoe, dab white vinegar onto cheesecloth and gently rub the stain.
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
Pour a few drops of the nail polish remover to a cotton pad and then rub it on the stains. Remember to ALWAYS do a try-out first when cleaning anything with a strong chemical ingredients, you can do the try-out on a smaller corner like on the bottom of your bag where it won’t be visible if incase the chemical ingredient did something awful to the bag even more!
For ink stains and other dirt, use a white eraser and erase the spot (do not use too much pressure – and check to see if the colour is coming off). Usually if you get the ink right away you can remove all of it. Ink migrates into the leather fibres (If you have stained the leather hand bag) so once it is set, you need professional care.