How to Clean a Louis Vuitton Bag

Updated April 17, 2017

High-end handbags are investment pieces, meant to be treasured for years to come, and few bags are as cherished (or as expensive) as Louis Vuitton handbags. However, dirt and wear are inevitable, even on well-made purses. Cleaning such an expensive product is intimidating for an inexperienced owner. The process is straightforward, however, for careful cleaners who are well educated on how to care for their bag. Proceed cautiously when cleaning a handbag, especially if doing so for the first time.

Assess the need for cleaning. Some stains are just too harsh to handle at home. You should not risk your bag if there is no proper way to clean it yourself. Remember how much you invested in the piece. If it needs professional cleaning, do not try cleaning it yourself. Contact Louis Vuitton through an LV retail store for information on where to send the bag for cleaning.

Evaluate the origin of the stain. Louis Vuitton recommends only using a damp cloth to maintain bags, but there will be occasions when that is simply not enough. You should only use mild, nonabrasive cleaners. Most standard-use wear will not require special cleansers, but some stains are best treated with focused products. For example, if the stain came from make-up, try using make-up remover to get the stain off the bag.

Apply cleaning product to the washcloth. Leather cleaning products are the safest choices since manufacturers formulate leather cleaners for tasks of this nature. However, you may also use facial cleanser or a dampened Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Never apply a cleaning chemical directly to the bag.

Test the cleaner on the bag by dabbing it onto an out-of-sight corner. If the bag reacts negatively to the product, you have learnt it in a minimally damaging way.

Rub or blot the washcloth over the soiled area, lightly massaging the product on the surface. Do not use force. You do not want to press the product down into the material. Though Louis Vuitton treats its products with special sealants, using force, abrasion or harsh chemicals can overcome sealants.

Wipe the surface of the bag gently once your spot treatment is finished. Allow the bag to dry completely before using it again.

Send the bag to a professional cleaner if your attempt was unsuccessful.

Things You'll Need

  • Louis Vuitton bag
  • White washcloth
  • Leather cleaner
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Grace Riley has been a writer and photographer since 2005, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers such as the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She has also worked as a school teacher and in public relations and polling analysis for political campaigns. Riley holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies, political science and history, all from the University of Arkansas.