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The cleaning and restoration of a handbag: another Kate Spade canvas handbag

Spade off-white bag top right 2066In two previous posts (click here and here), I showed before and after photos of two Kate Spade handbags we recently cleaned.

In direct response to that post, a new client brought in a Kate Spade off-white canvas handbag with a blue print and off-white vinyl trim.

The fact that the blue design was printed onto the off-white canvas meant that there was very poor adhesion of the blue dye to the off-white canvas.

Here's the problem: The handbag required a fairly aggressive hand cleaning given that it was so dirty. On the other hand, the blue dye was "loose", necessitating a more gentle hand cleaning.

In the final analysis, we achieved the desired result: a perfectly clean off-white handbag with the blue print nicely preserved.

The results are reflected in the before and after photos below:

Before

Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2050 Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2048
Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2051 Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2049
Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2052
Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2056 Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2057
Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2054 Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2055
Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2065 Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2064
Spade off-white canvas handbag before 2053

 

After

Spade off-white handbag after 2192 Spade off-white handbag after 2190
Spade off-white handbag after 2193 Spade off-white handbag after 2191
Spade off-white handbag after 2194 Spade off-white handbag after 2195
Spade off-white handbag after 2196

 

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