How to Clean the Peeling Interior of a Louis Vuitton Handbag

Louis Vuitton started selling high-end leather goods in 1854. The company began to gain popularity in the United States in the 1970s. For years, Vuitton used a special patented interior material known as Vuittonite but newer handbag versions have cotton or canvas-type linings. The Vuittonite lining, touted as a washable lining, is prone to peeling, cracking and an overall stickiness from the deterioration of the vinyl-like material. There are ways to clean the lining but a severely peeling handbag should be taken to your local Louis Vuitton store for repair or lining replacement.


Step 1

Remove the contents of the handbag. Use a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment to thoroughly vacuum out all dust and debris.

Step 2

Wipe the interior lining with an alcohol-free hand wipe to remove the surface layer of dirt .

Step 3

Apply a dime-sized amount of a water-based leather-care conditioner to a soft cotton cleaning cloth.

Step 4

Hold the handbag open with one hand and clean the interior lining with the cloth using gentle rubbing motions, following a circular pattern. Begin with the bottom of the handbag, which frequently collects the most debris.

Step 5

Continue cleaning the interior sides of the handbag, applying more leather-care conditioner to the cleaning cloth as needed.

Step 6

Remove small ink dots or spots by applying alcohol to the end of a cotton swab. Gently rub the ink stain with the saturated cotton swab. Dry the spot thoroughly with a paper towel.

Step 7

Apply leather-care conditioner to a cleaning cloth and rub the area where you used alcohol to remove the ink. It's important to keep the alcohol from drying out the Vuittonite lining.

Step 8

Allow the leather cleaner to absorb and dry before returning your belongings to the Louis Vuitton handbag.