How to Clean a Coach Purse


Tisha asked: How do I clean my multi-colored, striped Coach purse without the colors running or damaging my purse.

Anyone with a Coach purse knows what a valuable accessory it can be. Over time, these purses can build up a layer of dust and dirt that needs to be cleaned away. Using a gentle soap and minimal amount of moisture is key to a successful cleaning. Follow these steps to complete the process quickly, easily and effectively.

You Will Need:

  • Ivory bar soap
  • Water
  • Soft cloths

Steps to Clean the Purse:

  1. Fill the sink with warm water.
  2. Moisten a soft cloth with the clean, warm water.
  3. Rub the cloth on the bar of Ivory soap to apply a small amount of soap to the cloth.
  4. Clean the surface of the purse by gently rubbing the surface with the moistened soft cloth.
  5. Work in small sections until the entire purse is cleaned.
  6. Rinse by wiping with a clean, soft cloth that is moistened with clean water.
  7. Allow the purse to dry completely.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Do not submerge the purse in water. It is best to use the least amount of water necessary to avoid color bleeding and fading.


  1. I would like to know what can be used to buff up the leather from a Coach purse?

  2. Can you use this method on any fabric Coach bag? Also, can I use Woolite to spot clean?

  3. Donella says:

    How do I remove the smell of cigarette smoke from a Coach purse?

  4. I have a light beige, leather Coach bag. I took it to a shoe repair shop and was told the color would be damaged if it was cleaned. I would like to know if there is a Coach shop I could send it to for cleaning? Or could I have some instructions on cleaning it without damage to this particular colored bag?

  5. Light beige isn’t even a color, so who cares if it’s faded a little?

  6. I have a fabric black and grey Coach purse that my daughter spilled soda pop on; did she ruin it? What can I do?

  7. Thank you so much! It really helped.

  8. My Coach purse has oil spots from cooking grease. What can I use?

  9. Sylvia,

    Try drawing the oil out of the purse by blotting the stain with a lint-free cloth and covering the stain with a layer of talcum powder overnight.

    Source: – How to Remove Grease Stains from Leather

    Depending on your stain, you could also consider using a mild grease-fighting liquid dish soap or a mixture of vinegar and water. Choose a cotton swab with a thick ball of cotton to avoid scratching the purse with the stick, dab the cotton in the grease-fighting mixture and gently rub the oil spots.

    Source: – How to Remove Grease Stains from Painted Walls and Ceilings

  10. Donella,
    Use the same method that would be used for removing odor from a book. Pour baking soda over the bottom of a plastic container, set a wire cooking rack in the container and place your purse on the rack. Seal the container and allow the baking soda to absorb the odor from your purse for a few days. I would also recommend using something to hold the purse open, such as a chopstick or rolled up piece of printer paper.

    Source: Book Think – How to Remove Odors from Books

  11. If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything. No excuse for being rude…

  12. Removing water marks from jacquard fabric; any ideas?

  13. Can you use Woolite on a fabric Coach purse?

  14. I really like the coach purse shown. What’s the model or product number for it?

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