Becky asked: How do I remove red cough syrup from my purple, leather bag? The sticky red cough syrup, of course, soaked through the lining and now seems to be slowly coming through the bottom of the leather purse. I carefully rinsed the effected lining. It pulled out and away from the interior well. That seems to be fine. I could open the lining if I need to for cleaning purposes. Please help. I adore this purple purse. Thank you.
Cough syrup can be difficult because it contains a variety of ingredients. Not only are you working to remove the red coloring, there is an oily substance that can remain. Here is a method that will remove the various components of the stain and remove it for good.
You Will Need:
- Mild soap
- Bucket or bowl
- Cornmeal or cornstarch
- Leather conditioner
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Fill a bucket or large bowl with warm water.
- Add mild soap and agitate until a good amount of suds form.
- Use a sponge to apply only the suds to the surface of the leather.
- Rub the stain away gently.
- Dry with a soft cloth
- If a grease stain remains, apply cornmeal or cornstarch to the surface and allow it to set for a minimum of several hours. This absorbent material will remove the oil from the leather.
- Use a brush to remove the cornmeal or cornstarch from the surface.
- Once the stain is removed, apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather from drying out.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- If the stain is moving from the inside to the outside, it is best to treat the inside of the piece first. Use the same cleaning method as above. Fill the bottom of the purse with the absorbent material and allow it to soak up as much of the moisture and grease as possible. Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.
- As a last resort, remove the stitching in the seam of the liner. This will allow you access directly to any remaining stains. Treat them using the methods above. Once dry, stitch the liner closed again.
- If you are unable to remove the stain on your own, have it professionally cleaned.