How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag

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Here’s how to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric bag. Coach Y2k bags are SO popular right now – and since I donated a lot of my older Coach bags, I decided to shop the secondhand market. I found this classic 2007 Coach Chelsea Signature Hobo Canvas Leather bag (style 10984) for $30 – and I knew I wanted to freshen it up and add it to my collection.

Rehabbing Coach bags has become quite a popular activity. This is because Coach bags are so well made (with high quality materials and workmanship) and they respond well to cleaning and restoration. With a little research and effort, you can take a thrifted bag and make it fresh and ready to use!

I’ve previously shared how to restore a vintage Coach leather bag – and today I’m sharing what I did when cleaning a Coach bag made of fabric AND leather.

Here’s what the bag looked like when I started – it was in pretty good shape with no loose threads or major stains:

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag before pic

1) I soaked it in a container with dish soap and water, while gently scrubbing the fabric and lining with a toothbrush. This whole process took around 10-15 minutes.

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag washing in soap

2) I rinsed it clean, dunking it a few times in clear water to make sure no soap residue was left behind:

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag rinsing clean

3) I stuffed it with clean towels to keep it in shape as it dried. This is a crucial step – smooth out the bag as you stuff it, so that it doesn’t warp as it dries.

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag stuffing with towels

4) I massaged in a coat of leather conditioner on to the damp leather parts. This is a popular brand of leather conditioner to use on Coach leather.

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag condition leather

5) I let the bag dry over 3 days. I would check on the bag, switch out any damp towels and would apply another coat of leather conditioner on the bag. On the 3rd day, I removed the towel stuffing to make sure the insides dried up completely. Here’s what the bag looks like after 3 days – it’s completely fresh and ready to use!

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag after

 

And here’s a before and after comparison pic:

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag before and after

DISCLAIMER: I did a lot of online research before washing my bag – and recommend that you do the same. For the most part, Coach bags hold up well to cleaning, but some fabrics may be more delicate or have dyes that could run.

I hope you found this tutorial on how to clean a Coach canvas fabric bag useful and that it helps you bring an old Coach bag back into circulation! For a video version of this tutorial, click here.

How to clean a Coach Canvas Fabric Bag in 5 easy steps

 

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