Although the fabrics used to line designer bags are quite easy to clean, the fact that the lining is firmly attached to the purse makes it much more difficult to clean the fabric without exposing the exterior surface of the bag to some potentially damaging substances. If you want to remove ink or other dark stains from the lining use one of the recommended methods and make sure that you do not expose your leather bag to the cleaning products. Before you start cleaning, make sure that all leather parts of your bag are well protected – cover them with a clean cloth or aluminum foil to make sure that they are not exposed to the cleaning product. Remember to be very careful when you are cleaning the lining attached to the leather – do not damp it or spray too much, otherwise the cleaning product will soak through the fabric and damage the leather. You should also recondition the leather using special products or homemade solution of white vinegar and linseed oil to maintain it in good shape.
The Most Common Method
Isopropyl alcohol is commonly used to clean ink stains and you can also apply it on a stained lining. Use a cotton swab or a cotton ball to apply the alcohol on a small surface or saturate the fabric in the alcohol to remove large and heavy stains (just make sure that you do not apply the alcohol on the leather parts of your bag as the alcohol can damage leather). Rub the stain gently with a cloth or a sponge and use kitchen towels to dry the stain. Air dry the lining.
Classic Cleaning Products
Dark spots of different origins can be cleaned with a dish washing or a laundry product. To make sure that you distribute the cleaning product over the stain evenly and without touching the exterior of the handbag, use a soft cloth, apply the cleaning product on the cloth and rub it on the stain. If the lining is made of an exquisite fabric use a mild cleaning product to not cause fabric discoloration or damage. When you are done cleaning use the cloth or a sponge to apply water on the stain and get rid of the cleaning product. Dry the stain with kitchen towels.
Not Only a Hair Product
Hairspray is not a commonly used “cleaning” product, however desperate times call for desperate measures and if you are traveling or you do not have Isopropyl alcohol or any other cleaning product at hand, you can use your hairspray to clean the ink stain. Designer leather bags should not be exposed to the hairspray, so before you apply the product on the lining pull it out from the purse as much as you can and cover the leather exterior with a cloth to prevent any damage. Use a kitchen towel to distribute the spray and rub off the stain. Use a dampened in clear water sponge or cloth to remove the product together with the stain. Blot the treated area and let it air dry.
This article is provided by online fashion store Elitecouturier.com