How to Clean a Straw Bag

Posted by Lena Nguyen on

Straw is a dedicated material. When weave together, it's very strong and has unique textures. With proper care, they can last a VERY long time. Whether you spend hundreds of dollars on a new designer straw or just a few bucks on a bargain brand, it should look good and last as long as possible.

 

Most handbag, especially those we carry to work, really take a beating. We overstuff them, fill them with goods that leak and spill, and toss them on the floor. They all eventually will need to be cleaned and cleaning by hand is the best way to restore your bag. 

Cleaning Straw bag is easy but you need to handle it right to not damage it. 
Supplies
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Room temperature water or warm water for stubborn stains
  • Laundry Stain Remover.

Tools

  • Vacuum 
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean white cloth

Instructions

  1. Empty and Vacuum

    Completely empty the purse and all interior pockets. Woven straw bags attract dust and dirt into the crevices and a vacuum cleaner is a great way to keep the straw dust and grime-free. Use the upholstery brush and give the bag a good vacuum. 

  2. Clean the Interior Lining

    If the bag has a fabric lining, vacuum it well and spot treat any stains as you would a fabric handbag. If the lining is removable, hand wash it and allow to dry completely before reinserting.

  3. Clean Soiled Areas on the Straw

    To treat a heavily-soiled area on the straw, mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water. Find an old toothbrush and dip it in the soap and water mixture. Gently rub the stained area with the soapy toothbrush following the grain of the straw. It's very important. Don't go against the grain because you could scratch the surface. Wipe the area with a clean white cloth that has been dipped in water to remove any soap residue and loosened soil. Never overwet the straw.

  4. Drying a Straw Bag

    Allow the bag to air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

    Storage Straw bags

    Never store handbags in plastic bags, which can encourage mold and mildew growth and avoid hanging them up, which can cause the bags to lose their shape. Instead, store your handbags upright or flat in old pillowcases or a cotton bag to prevent dust from accumulating during off-season storage. Stuff bags with tissue paper when not in use so they will keep their shape.


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