How to Clean Epi Leather

Clean epi leather with baby wipes.
Clean epi leather with baby wipes. (Image: leather female bag image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Epi leather is a high-quality cowhide used typically for handbags and accessories. Because it is a durable leather, it requires little maintenance. You will need to clean the leather occasionally when you notice soil or residue buildup. You must use a cleaning routine that incorporates a fair balance of cleaning mixed with moisturizing. The moisture is important because many cleaners will get rid of the dirt but also over-dry the epi leather, which leads to cracking and damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning rags
  • Water
  • Baby wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Leather conditioner

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Wipe the bag with a baby wipe to remove light buildup or residue that accumulates on a regular basis. Using an unscented wipe works best because this is the mildest form of baby wipe and leaves no residue.

Mix a little soapy water in the sink. Use about 1 quart warm water and 1/2 teaspoon dish soap.

Dip your cleaning rag in the soapy water, squeeze out the rag and wipe it over the epi leather.

Remove ink stains by moistening the edge of your cleaning rag with rubbing alcohol and rubbing gently over the stain. Follow up with the soapy side of the cloth to remove any alcohol residue.

Rinse the cleaning rag, squeeze out and wipe over the epi leather once again to remove any soap residue. Let the bag air dry.

Spray a light coat of leather conditioning spray onto a cleaning rag and rub onto the epi leather. Allow the bag to air dry.

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