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How to clean a Longchamp bag

Keep your favorite accessory looking fresh with these tips on how best to clean a Longchamp bag, both by hand and washing machine.


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Key steps

  • Clean leather parts with a colorless cream cleaner.

  • Wash canvas parts with a mild soap like Dove and water.

  • Never use dyes or perfumes on your Longchamp.

  • If using the washing machine, do so with care using a delicate, cool cycle.

  • Always allow your Longchamp to air dry.

Stylish and practical, Longchamp bags have gained a large following in the past few years. But with daily use (we don’t blame you, it really goes with any outfit), comes exposure to stains and general dirt. That’s why Cleanipedia has decided to share with you some need-to-know tips on how to clean Longchamp neo and nylon. Have you got other leather accessories? Then, check out our advice on how to clean a leather bag.

The best way to clean a Longchamp bag is by hand. Ensure that you condition the leather after cleaning to keep it looking its best for years to come.

How to clean a Longchamp bag: removing stains

Below you can find one of the best ways to clean a Longchamp bag, proven to effectively remove stains. All you need to do is follow the two steps (yes! Two steps) we’ve shared here:

  1. Noticed a stain on your precious Longchamp? Don’t panic! Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub the surface of the stain until it disappears. Take care to only rub the stain.

  2. For more stubborn stains create a paste from ½ cream of tartar and ½ lemon juice. Once applied to the stain, leave for 10 minutes. Use a clean, dry rag to remove any excess paste and ta-da!

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How to clean a Longchamp bag: are Longchamp bags washable?

Now, the question that really matters, can you wash a Longchamp in the washing machine? Cleanipedia still recommends hand washing as the best way to clean your Longchamp, especially as Longchamp’s official care instruction does not recommend laundering in the washing machine as it could deform the shape and material of your bag.

That being said, though, if you think you absolutely need to use the washing machine, then here’s how you should do it:

  1. Empty your bag before washing.

  2. Put your Longchamp into an empty washing machine. Never wash with any other colored item to prevent risks of color run.

  3. Use a mild detergent such as Surf. Never use more than ¼ cup of any soap product.

  4. Use the gentlest setting on your machine, for example, a “delicate” or “hand-wash” setting.

  5. Make sure the machine is set to cool, as it should not be more than 104°F.

  6. Hang the bag from its straps and allow it to air dry for a minimum of 5 hours. To prevent damage, it is best to leave it to fully dry.

  7. Once dry, add a coat of leather conditioner to the leather parts.

Longchamp cleaning instructions: dos and don’ts

Whilst you may wish to know how to wash your Longchamp bag using your own products, there are a few guidelines and advice you should be aware of:

  • DO use a colorless cream to any leather parts.

  • DO use a soft brush when scrubbing the leather to prevent damage.

  • DO use a soft cloth to buff the bag in a circular motion to clean any excess cream away.

  • DO use a mild, neutral soap such as Dove and water for any canvas parts.

  • DO hang it by the handles to air dry in a well-ventilated room.

  • DO protect the leather using a good quality waterproofing product such as a leather conditioner. You can also make your own leather conditioner from vinegar and linseed oil!

  • DON’T use any soaps which have dye, oil or perfume in the ingredients.

  • DON’T allow water to spill onto the leather, as this could cause damage.

  • DON’T forget to empty your bag before cleaning.

Use the above tips to freshen-up this classic style for years to come, knowing that your bag is being kept in its best condition.

Do you want to learn which household cleaning tasks cause the most stress?  Then read our Heated Household data analysis. 

Frequently asked questions on cleaning a Longchamp bag

How do you remove ink from a Longchamp bag?

If the stain is recent, dab the affected area with a cloth to absorb any liquid. Next, dab a little rubbing alcohol onto the area to gently remove the stain. This works by breaking down the oils in the ink. If the stain is dried on or tougher, put the bag in the washing machine on a cool cycle (always consult the label of your bag to make sure it is machine-safe first).

How do you clean a nylon bag from Longchamp?

You can clean a Nylon bag easily by applying rubbing alcohol to the affected area or making a paste of equal parts cream of tartar and lemon juice. Leave both to rest for ten minutes before removing with a damp cloth.

How do you clean a Longchamp canvas bag?

Canvas bags should be washed by hand. Use a mix of mild soap and water and dab gently. 'Rinse' with a damp cloth dipped in water only.

Are Longchamp bags waterproof?

Although some Longchamp bags can be washed in the washing machine (always check the label!) this doesn't mean they are entirely waterproof. Nylon bags are more resistant to water than leather ones but keeping them out of the heavy rain is recommendable to protect the fabric and shape of the bag.

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