How to Remove Make-Up from a White Patent Leather Purse


Darlene asked: How do I remove a make-up stain from a white, patent leather Coach purse with pearlized finish? I was in a make-up store and later found several marks that look like pencil lines on my purse, but are make-up colored. I had tested a liquid make-up and assume that the make-up got on my purse. I have tried warm soap and water. Please help.

Here’s a trick for removing make-up, as well as most other marks, from patent leather. More than just a way to clean, you’ll find that this method will also condition the leather.

You Will Need:

  • Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
  • Soft cloth
  • Warm water

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Smear Vaseline directly onto the stains.
  2. Wait several moments for it to get into the stain and loosen it.
  3. Wet a soft cloth with warm water and wipe away the Vaseline. The stain will come away with it.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • For stubborn stains, allow the Vaseline to sit for a while. The longer the patent leather is exposed to the Vaseline, the better it will work on tough stains.
  • If you find the Vaseline leaves a greasy mark on your purse, use a mild detergent solution on a soft cloth to cut through the residue. It should wipe away clean.


  1. AlI says:

    How do I remove stain on my patent purse from another patent purse?

  2. Melanie says:

    This is the article that you need: How to Remove Scuff Marks from Patent Leather.

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