How to Clean a Fake Leather Purse

Updated November 21, 2016

Many women have learnt that purchasing handbags made from fake leather is a cheaper, more environmentally friendly way of obtaining a beautiful handbag that looks and feels like the real deal. Many factors come into play over why a fake leather handbag is better suited for the busy day-to-day lives of women: for one, they are easier to clean and maintain. Faux leather doesn't need to be cleaned by a leather specialist or taken to a dry cleaner; everything can be done at home.

Empty the purse.

Fill the bucket with warm water and mix in the liquid hand soap. Wet a rag with the soapy water and ring it out so that it is only damp. Wipe down the entire purse, focusing on areas with noticeable marks. Allow the purse to air dry when complete.

Use the nail polish remover on larger marks that didn't come off with the soap and water mixture. Put a small amount on another rag and apply to the marks that need to be removed. Apply pressure and rotate the treated cloth in tiny circles over the soiled surface. Once the mark has been removed, wipe the bag dry.

Spray or wipe the vinyl cleaner over the surface of the entire bag. Make sure to get between any small seams. The vinyl cleaner should be evenly distributed over the surface of the purse.

Wipe the bag down with a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture that may still be on the purse's surface.


Try to clean any fake leather purses once a month to prevent deep staining. This will make cleaning much easier. Test the nail polish remover in an inconspicuous area before using it where it will be seen.

Things You'll Need

  • Dove liquid hand soap
  • Nail polish remover
  • Vinyl cleaner and polish
  • Rags
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
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