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How to Fix a Squeaky Leather Purse

Updated April 17, 2017

A squeaky leather purse is attributed to many factors. New leather that's not broken in is often squeaky. Likewise, older leather that's soft and well-worn is sometimes squeaky. Sometimes, the issue is the leather's movement against the metal hardware of the purse; other times, the issue is the leather of the purse rubbing against itself. A squeaky leather purse is simple to rectify, but your efforts must be maintained. This task takes about 30 minutes and should be done at least once a month to keep the leather of your purse soft and supple.

Place your towel on a flat surface to protect your work area from damage. The towel also protects your purse from colour transfer from your table, if the purse is a light colour.

Clean the purse with leather cleaner. Follow the instructions on the container. Ensure that the purse is clean and dry before moving on to the next step.

Test the purse by using it with your belongings in it. If the purse still squeaks, repeat the process. Conditioning the purse gets rid of squeaks and noises.

Store the purse in a dust bag or pillowcase in a dry, arid storage area to prevent mould, mildew and odours.

Store the purse in a dust bag or pillowcase in a dry, arid storage area to prevent mould, mildew and odours from forming.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Leather cleaner
  • Leather conditioner
  • Dust cover or clean pillowcase
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About the Author

Based in Oklahoma, Maggie O'Leary has been writing professionally since 2001. O'Leary has served in the United States military since 1997 and is a two-time OIF veteran. She has been published in several local military and civilian newspapers and national media outlets including "The Washington Post" and CNN. O'Leary has a Bachelor of Arts in history and legal studies.