Guide to Cleaning Patent Leather Purses

If the brilliant shine of your patent purse is gone, here are 8 simple steps to have your patent leather purse looking new once again.

cleaning patent leather purses

Materials required for cleaning patent leather purses:

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid detergent
  • Mineral oil
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Glass cleaner
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Acetone-free polish remover

Cleaning a Patent Leather Purse in 7 Steps

Step 1- Apply a soapy mixture to spring-clean your patent purse

Use a mixture of liquid soap and warm water to clean the patent handbag. Add four parts of lukewarm water to one part of the soap.

Using a diaper or old rag t-shirt, clean the patent bag leather bag with the soapy mixture. Then, use a clean towel to tap the bag dry.

Step 2 – Remove Pesky Pen Marks

Get rid of tough pen marks and scuff using rubbing alcohol. First, use a microfiber cloth or terry towel to rub the marks. If the stain remains, dip a swab of cotton in rubbing alcohol and dab the marks with it.

Saturate the leather by pressing the cotton swab firmly on the pen stains on the leather and leave it for five minutes. Using a clean cloth, wipe off the solution and completely remove the stains.

Step 3 – Use Water and Vinegar to Restore Shine

Make your patent handbag shine using vinegar and water.

Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and half a cup of cold water to restore gloss. Remove any vinegar residue from your patent bag by rinsing it with cold water.

Step 4 – Use Polish Remover to Clear Black Scuffs

Use acetone-free black polish remover to eliminate black scuffs. Soak a cotton ball in polish remover and dab the scuffed region gently to get rid of these black marks.

Add two tablespoons of detergent to a cup of cold water. Apply the soapy water with a partially soaked white cloth. Use a clean cloth to pat the bag dry.

Step 5 – Use a Mixture of Water and Vinegar to Clean Dirty Patent Leather

Restore the shine of a leather patent bag by mixing half a cup of warm water and 2 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar.

Clean with an old white t-shirt or a white rag to get rid of any small vinegar residue left on the purse.

Step 6 – Use a Glass Cleaner Spray on Your Patent Leather for Additional Shine

Rub with a white towel sprayed with the cleaner. Clean the patent bag by rubbing it lightly.

Leave your patent bag to dry for 20 to 30 minutes in a cool and well-ventilated area.

Step 7 – Moisturize Your Bag Using Mineral Oil or Petroleum Jelly

With a little quantity of the greasy product on a clean white cloth, rub the bag in a circular motion.

More Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Patent Leather Purse

If you have a cosmetic stain on your patent bag, use a clean damp cloth to wipe it off.

According to Real Simple Magazine, “To prevent dye transfer in the future, store patent leather away from colored plastic or cotton bags.”

Do not try to dry your patent handbag quickly with heat from a blow dryer.

To keep your leather bags in shape, stuff them with plastic bags or tissue. Then, put each in a pillowcase or a flannel bag to prevent them from sticking together during storage.

Experts recommend removing fresh stains by placing a little Scotch on the stain. Patent leather is resistant to many common substances, hence, the marks will be completely removed in many cases when the tape is peeled off.

Do not use wax products as they can lead to peeling or cracking of the patent leather.


With this knowledge of how to have your patent leather bags cleaned, you can now reach into the closet for your grungy bag and clean it. By following our steps, using the right products, and adhering to the product instructions, your patent handbag will look as good as new.