HANDBAG CLEANING AND REPAIR FAQs
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Our handbag expert highly recommends that if you like your bag, just bring it in for cleaning. Any kind of do-it-yourself cleaning of soil on a nice suede handbag could easily damage the surface of the bag. You may find many "home remedies" on line but we don't recommend attempting them.

If there is grease associated with the stain don’t work on it at all. Your efforts will rub the grease in and make cleaning a more difficult challenge. Just ship the bag to Margaret’s using our CleanByMail service if you don't reside near one of our five Southern California locations. We have had very successful experience in cleaning purses and handbags including the suede bags. Click menu for more information on Clean By Mail.

Visit our Before and After page for Handbags to see some examples of our successes.

Purses are very difficult to clean and that is why so few dry cleaners are willing to process them. Garment manufacturers are required to label clothing with appropriate cleaning instructions. However, purse manufacturers are NOT required to address the issue of serviceability. As such, cleaning is never really considered as they design their beautiful purses with combinations of fabric and leather, such as yours, making its cleaning even more of a challenge.

I would NOT recommend that you attempt to clean that coffee stain off your Prada purse yourself, especially if it is a relatively new couture item. It would be a shame to accidentally ruin it. If you live outside our normal service areas it's not a problem. We process such items thru our CleanByMail sevice all the time. It would be best if you can ship it to us and we will clean and then ship it back to you. We also have an online Handbag Estimate Request form that allows you to take photos of the bag and include with your request so we can give you a fairly accurate estimate before you ship.

First of all, be very careful when cleaning purses. There is a reason that most dry cleaners refuse to clean them, they are difficult. If you aren't careful when cleaning you may get the stain out but permanently distort the purse so that it no longer has the correct shape. Leather trims, fiberboard inserts, mixed material construction and the fact that purses are not particularly designed to be cleaned, all make cleaning purses difficult and best left to the professionals.

It has taken us a great deal of time and, in the process, we hcve created some specific custom tooling which allows us to have a high degree of success with our Pulito Purse Service. My recommendation with your purse would be to take advantage of our CleanByMail service and send it to Margaret's to be cleaned. Particularly due to the ink stain which is always a real challange by itself. Our Handbag Before and After page has several examples of ink on handbags.

 


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