Microfiber continues to be one of the hottest fabric trends in clothing and accessories. Unfortunately, not all microfibers are the same, especially when it comes to purses. Depending upon the exact blend of fibers used to make the purse in question, the techniques used to keep it clean can be vastly different.
Read the cleaning instruction tag usually found inside the purse, attached to the lining. Some microfiber purses include specific cleaning instructions. If so, follow them.
Look for a “W” on the purse tag. That indicates that water can be safely used. If there is no “W” present, it is best to assume that the use of water or other wet material is discouraged.
Test any cleaning technique on an area of the purse that cannot be seen, such as the bottom or inside area. It is important to determine how the bag will respond to the cleansing process as well as whether or not it will retain its color.
Determine the type of stain or dirt that needs to be removed. Dry stains and dirt may be removed more easily than wet or set in stains or dirt.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush or a gentle suede brush to remove dry stains or dirt on a microfiber purse as soon as it occurs. If that doesn’t work, move on to the next step.
Pour a small amount of baking soda onto a dry stained area of a microfiber purse. Using a soft bristle brush, work the powder very gently into the fiber. Then using a clean soft bristle brush, try brushing the stain away. If the stain remains, and the microfiber is water safe, move on to the next step.
Drop a small amount of a gentle wet detergent onto the stained area of a water-safe microfiber purse. Using a damp, soft white cloth, gently blot the stain with cold water until the stain is removed. If necessary, work the detergent into the fiber with a soft bristle brush to loosen the dirt for easy removal. Dry immediately with a hair dryer on low setting.
Pour a small amount of any type of alcohol on the stain of a water-safe microfiber purse. Use a clean, dry white cloth to blot away the stain and then dry with a hair dryer on low setting.
Clean a small section of the purse at a time if the stain is large rather than attempting to clean the entire thing at once. Use the same procedures outlined in Steps 6 or 7 depending upon whether or not the bag is water safe.
Take the purse to be professionally cleaned by a local dry cleaner that specializes in microfiber or by finding an online site, such as Margaret’s Cleaners (see Resources).
Use a soft bristle suede brush to restore the microfiber nap after the purse has been cleaned. Do not use a metal brush.
Be certain to differentiate between the microfiber purse cleaning instructions and those of its lining.
Microfiber purses with silk fibers tend to watermark easily and will generally require professional cleaning.
Keep a soft bristle toothbrush inside the microfiber purse for use in immediately removing dry stains and dirt.
Keep baby wipes on hand to blot away wet stains as soon as they occur to prevent them from setting in.
Use cloths for cleaning rather than paper towels, as they can be abrasive and stick into the microfiber and mar the finish.