How to Clean Vachetta Leather

Updated April 17, 2017

Vachetta leather is a type of leather that is most often used on the handles and trimmings of handbags and luggage. Unlike other types of leather, it is left untreated. Upscale handbag and luggage designers, such as Coach and Louis Vuitton, have popularised the usage of vachetta leather. Because the leather is not treated, it must be cleaned carefully.

Wipe the surface of the leather in a single direction with a clean, white cloth to remove surface dirt and debris.

Gently rub a white pencil eraser over the leather to remove any smudges that do not come off with the damp cloth.

Apply a leather conditioner to a clean, soft cloth after removing surface dirt. Rub the cloth into the vachetta leather using a circular motion.

Wipe away the residue using a clean cloth.

Gently buff with the cloth to add a soft sheen to the leather.


Do not allow any soaps, leather cleaner or large water droplets to touch vachetta leather, as it will cause permanent staining. Leather conditioner may alter the colour of vachetta leather.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Pencil eraser
  • Leather conditioner
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Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.