How to Clean Your Disney Dooney & Bourke Handbag

Whether you purchase Disney Dooney & Bourke handbags for everyday use or bring them out only on special occasions, there is nothing worse than discovering spots and stains on your favorite bags. We all want to keep our handbags looking good and have them last as long as possible. Luckily, there are ways to clean Disney Dooney and Bourke bags and make your collection last longer by learning how to clean all of the different types of Disney Dooney and Bourke materials.

Cleaning a Handbag
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Leather Collection

The leathers used to make Dooney & Bourke products, such as Black Embossed Leather Sketch and Disneyland 60th Anniversary Blue Leather handbags, are of the finest quality and usually require no creams, polishes, or cleaning for the lifetime of use. These leathers are also water repellent and water-resistant. However, some leathers may become discolored when wet but will return to their original colors once completely dry. 

Disneyland 60th Anniversary Blue Leather Collection
Disneyland 60th Anniversary Blue Leather Collection

Similarly, the Vacchetta Leather used in some Dooney and Bourke handbags, such as Passport Leather, is untreated leather. It naturally darkens over time with use and exposure to light. Vacchetta Leather does not require creams, polishes or cleansers to maintain its beauty. 

Passport Leather Satchel Disneyland
Disneyland Passport Leather Satchel in Vacchetta Leather

To clean stained leather, you’ll need:

  • A soft cotton cloth
  • Mild bar soap
  • Distilled water (or sodium-free seltzer water)

Dampen the soft cotton cloth with distilled water or sodium-free seltzer water and a mild bar soap and apply it to the soiled leather in a circular motion. Repeat the process with distilled water only until no residual soap remains. Then allow the bag to dry completely. 

The instructions may differ depending upon the leather collection group. Consult your specific collection for more details pertaining to the care and cleaning of your Dooney & Bourke product.

Fabric Collection

In fabric collections such as Peace Love Mickey Denim and Disney Cruise Line Stars Wars Blue Nylon, Dooney & Bourke uses fabric that is treated for water repellency. However, if the handbag gets wet, you can bloat the bag using a clean white or light-colored cloth and then allow the fabric to dry completely. 

Peace Love Mickey Blue Denim Wristlet
Peace Love Mickey Blue Denim Wristlet

For simple spot cleaning, you’ll need:

  • A soft cotton cloth
  • Mild bar soap
  • Distilled water (or sodium-free seltzer water)

Dampen the soft cotton cloth with distilled water or sodium-free seltzer water and a bar of mild bar soap and apply it to the soiled leather in a circular motion. Repeat the process with distilled water only until no residual soap remains. Then allow the bag to dry completely. 

For oily spots, first wipe the material free of excess liquid. Next, sprinkle talcum powder on the area and allow to briefly set in. Using a dry toothbrush, gently brush away the powder to clean the fabric.  

The instructions may differ depending upon the material and trim of your handbag. Consult your specific collection for more details pertaining to the care and cleaning of your Dooney & Bourke product.

Coated Canvas

The coated canvas fabric used for 10th Anniversary Disney SketchDisney Dogs, and the majority of Disney Dooney & Bourke collections is generally water repellent and soil repellent. If your handbag becomes soiled, clean it with a soft cotton cloth or toothbrush, distilled water and mild bar soap. Gently apply it to the fabric in a circular motion and repeat with distilled water only until no residual soap remains. Allow the fabric to dry completely. 

Sketch 2018 Satchel
Sketch 2018 Satchel in Coated Cotton

The instructions may differ depending upon the material and trim of your handbag. Consult your specific collection for more details pertaining to the care and cleaning of your Dooney & Bourke product. When in doubt, contact Dooney & Bourke Customer Care directly.

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  1. Gina says:

    What about the nylon bags? I have an older DCL print bag that is a nylon material that I have no idea how to clean

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