Not long ago, I was carrying my white Proenza Schouler PS1 and my friend remarked how clean and stain-free it is. Fast forward two days later and I checked the back of the PS1 to find pretty noticeable color transfer, most likely from a dark pair of jeans I was wearing during that very same conversation with my friend; the bag now looked dirty and gross. Light wear is one thing, but a light leather bag with tons of stains just looks unkempt.

There are a variety of ways I’ve cleaned my bags before, but to be honest, I usually don’t end up getting many marks on my bags, so I haven’t tested many stain-removal tactics. I notice some bags handle a stain better, rubbing right off or not leaving marks, while others are more sensitive (my Givenchy bag still seems to show slight water marks, though I initially thought they disappeared).

I thought about sharing tips on cleaning your bags, but I bet you guys have even more wisdom to share on this topic than we do. When you notice color transfer, do you have a fool-proof trick, or do you send your bag out, hoping a leather spa can repair it for you? Members on the PurseForum have shared their tips over the years, ranging from baby wipes to Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I’m planning to try to mend this bag myself, so I want to test out some of your methods and then update you on what worked and what didn’t.

Also, moral of the story: do not wear dark denim with light bags; the transfer will happen and it will be bad.

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