How to Clean a Satin Evening Bag

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Clean your evening bag the day before the event to allow time for it to air-dry.
Clean your evening bag the day before the event to allow time for it to air-dry. (Image: MagMos/iStock/Getty Images)

A satin evening bag requires specialized attention. The delicate fabric comes in a variety of weaves and may include other fibers, such as rayon and cotton. Always refer to the label for specific care instructions, or default to the dry cleaner when in doubt. At home, a basic, gentle handwashing safely spruces up virtually any type of satin.

Things You'll Need

  • 0000-grade steel wool
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • White wine vinegar
  • Towel
  • Blow dryer

Step 1

Polish the bag's metal frame and any metal accents very gently with fine 0000-grade steel wool, using small circular motions. Position the bag upside-down so that any dust or debris from the metal does not land on the satin fabric. Lightly dampen a soft, clean cloth with cold water and thoroughly wipe the frame.

Step 2

Dampen a soft-bristled toothbrush with clean, cold water and gently brush dirt and debris from non-satin elements, such as glass beads or sequins.

Step 3

Dampen a clean sponge in a solution of 2/3 cup cold water and 1/3 cup white wine vinegar, mixed in a clean container. Use the sponge to dab the satin surface of the bag and the interior lining. For stains, gently rub the area with the water-vinegar solution, but be especially gentle on satin fabric with an embossed design, as heavy cleaning may rub out the texture. Give the fabric a once-over with the sponge, this time lightly dampened with plain cold water.

Step 4

Pat the entire surface of the bag dry with a clean, absorbent towel. Open the bag and blow-dry it from the inside for about 10 minutes, then set it in a dry, temperate area with plenty of air flow to air-dry overnight.

Tip

  • To maximize its lifespan and minimize the need to clean, reserve your satin evening bag for special occasions. Satin is not a hard-wear fabric, and it stains and wears easily.

    Stuff your satin bag with non-acidic tissue paper to help it retain its shape, and store it in a dry, temperate area with good air circulation.

    Some satin fabrics can be machine-washed on a delicate cycle with gentle, bleach-free detergent. Others may be soaked in a mixture of detergent and ammonia to remove stains. Always consult the label before using these methods.

Warning

  • Never clean satin with bleach, as you risk permanently staining the fabric.

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