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Cleaning white handbags: from dingy to brilliant white

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White handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks are the perfect summer accessory.

The problem with these white leather, suede, canvas, nylon and combo accessories, of course, is that they magnify any evidence of soil, dirt and grime.

So what to do?

On the internet everyone's an expert. So it's not surprising to find a variety of "solutions" to the problem of cleaning white handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks. Using an array of products you might find in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Products such as lukewarm water, mild detergent, glass cleaner, lemon juice, tartar sauce, vinegar, petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, saddle soap, and the like.

Certainly, you could decide to experiment with one or a combination of these products. An alternative is to consider entrusting your white handbag, purse, wallet or backpack to a handbag cleaning specialist.

Consider this Jimmy Choo white leather handbag, for example. Our client, who lives in Florida, was considering donating it to charity before she decided to call us seeking advice.

Clearly, this handbag was not fit for further use.

  • The handbag had turned from white to grimy and even yellow in some places.
  • The strap was stained with a combination of perspiration and body oils.
  • The leather was scuffed and scratched in numerous places.
  • The lining was stained with oil (probably from some cosmetic product).

It took about 2 weeks to hand clean this handbag inside and out, but the results were impressive: bright white outer leather and stain-free lining. And the cost to "save" this handbag? $145 (this same handbag in black leather would have run about $95).

The before and after photos reflect the transformation:

BEFORE

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AFTER

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I understand that you could save some dollars by attempting to clean a handbag, purse, wallet or backpack yourself. You have a 50:50 chance of getting it right. But you also have a 50:50 chance of ruining the handbag, purse, wallet or backpack forever.

An alternative to DIY cleaning is to entrust your handbag, purse, wallet or backpack to a handbag cleaning specialist. This way you eliminate the risk of experimenting with one or a combination of kitchen, bathroom or laundry room products.

By the way, if you're looking for a handbag cleaning specialist, please remember this: All handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks should be cleaned BY HAND. Never BY MACHINE. And, then, only by a cleaner who specializes in these accessories.  And, the only way to ensure that the cleaner does, in fact, specialize in these accessories is to make sure that the cleaner has a FULL TIME handbag and purse cleaner ON PREMISES.

RAVE FabriCARE is the only dry cleaner in Arizona and one of the very few in the USA that employs a full time handbag cleaner whose sole job is to hand clean handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks. Unlike other cleaners, we'd never clean by machine and we'd never send your accessories to outside third parties for cleaning. That way we're able to deliver the very best technologically achievable results and return your items, in most cases, in a week and a half to two weeks.

How can I help you?

 

To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.

To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

 

White handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks are the perfect summer accessory.
The problem with these white leather, suede, canvas, nylon and combo accessories, of course, is that they magnify any evidence of soil, dirt and grime.
So what to do?
On the internet everyone's an expert. So it's not surprising to find a variety of "solutions" to the problem of cleaning white handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks. Using an array of products you might find in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Products such as lukewarm water, mild detergent, glass cleaner, lemon juice, tartar sauce, vinegar, petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, saddle soap, and the like.
Certainly, you could decide to experiment with one or a combination of these products. An alternative is to consider entrusting your white handbag, purse, wallet or backpack to a handbag cleaning specialist.
Consider this Jimmy Choo white leather handbag, for example. Our client, who lives in Florida, was considering donating it to charity before she decided to call us seeking advice.
Clearly, this handbag was not fit for further use.
* The handbag had turned from white to grimy and even yellow in some places.
* The strap was stained with a combination of perspiration and body oils.
* The leather was scuffed and scratched in numerous places.
* The lining was stained with oil (probably from some cosmetic product).
It took about 2 weeks to hand clean this handbag inside and out, but the results were impressive: bright white outer leather and stain-free lining. And the cost to "save" this handbag? $145 (this same handbag in black leather would have run about $95).
The before and after photos reflect the transformation:
BEFORE
AFTER
I understand that you could save some dollars by attempting to clean a handbag, purse, wallet or backpack yourself. You have a 50:50 chance of getting it right. But you also have a 50:50 chance of ruining the handbag, purse, wallet or backpack forever.
An alternative to DIY cleaning is to entrust your handbag, purse, wallet or backpack to a handbag cleaning specialist. This way you eliminate the risk of experimenting with one or a combination of kitchen, bathroom or laundry room products.
By the way, if you're looking for a handbag cleaning specialist, please remember this: All handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks should be cleaned BY HAND. Never BY MACHINE. And, then, only by a cleaner who specializes in these accessories.  And, the only way to ensure that the cleaner does, in fact, specialize in these accessories is to make sure that the cleaner has a FULL TIME handbag and purse cleaner ON PREMISES.
RAVE FabriCARE is the only dry cleaner in Arizona and one of the very few in the USA that employs a full time handbag cleaner whose sole job is to hand clean handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks. Unlike other cleaners, we'd never clean by machine and we'd never send your accessories to outside third parties for cleaning. That way we're able to deliver the very best technologically achievable results and return your items, in most cases, in a week and a half to two weeks.
How can I help you?
To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.
To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

 

 


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