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How to Clean A Vinyl Handbag

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By Ashley Heath

My Laundry Question

How do I clean my white vinyl handbag so that the stains go away and the white color is restored?

Share a Little Background Info

I have a nice white vinyl designer handbag that cost me almost $100 that has large red stains from Gatorade spills and multiple dirt stains from my little brother stepping on it. I would try bleach but I'm afraid that would be too harsh on my purse, so I'm just waiting to see what you have to say?

Lessons Learned

  • I have not tried anything at all. I don't want to risk ruining my bag or make the stains any worse than they already are.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Body: 100% Vinyl

Trim1: 100% Vinyl

Trim2: 100% Vinyl

Lining: 100% Polyester

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

First, please do not use chlorine bleach on your purse. If you use a concentration that is too high, the vinyl can actually turn yellow and crack. Learn how to clean vinyl here.

Good luck!

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