How to Clean a Cork Bag, Purse or Wallet

As you might know, cork fabric is not only naturally anti-bacterial which helps keep the germs away, It is also impermeable due to one of cork's main components - Suberin, a mixture of organic acids that coat the walls of the cork cells, preventing the passage of water which makes it very easy to clean. 

Although cork is naturally stain, water and dust-resistant, after a few weeks of use, you may want to properly clean or wash your bag or wallet. Most people think cork bags are fragile and can't be washed but that is not true, in fact, cork fabric can be easily cleaned. 

If you are wondering how to properly clean and care for your cork products, you are in the right place. 

How to Clean Your Cork Bag

To clean your cork bag or purse, all you need is a soft cloth, mild detergent or soap, warm water, and an adequate size bowl or recipient. 

Fill your bowl with warm water - never boiling, just warm enough to help the cleaning process - and, if your bag is very dirty, add a few drops of soap or mild detergent, the water should not be bubbly as the amount of detergent recommended is minimal.

After dry-wiping your bag to remove any excess dirt, dip the soft cloth in the warm water solution, remove excess liquid and start by applying gentle circular motions. The stains should be very easy to wipe away, make sure to wipe the entire bag and repeat if necessary. 

If you just need to clean a couple of stains or if you are in a rush, you can use a biodegradable wet wipe and it will be ready to go. 

Dirty cork bag   dirty cork  bag   Cork bag after cleaning

How to Hand-Wash Your Cork Bag

A deeper cleaning may be required if the fabric lining interior of your bag is also dirty or stained. If so, you can immerse your bag completely in warm water and soap to wash it inside out. Remove the excess water from the lining and wipe dry the cork and hang to dry, making sure the bag or product is drying in a natural position to help to keep its shape. 

You can use this method to clean most high-quality cork fabric products including cork shoes, wallets, belts, hats, yoga mats, etc. 

We do not recommend machine washes. Although you could technically machine wash your cork bag, it would be very harsh for the bag and the cork could delaminate or get scratched.  

How to Store Your Cork Bag

One of the most important things when caring for your cork bag is making sure that it is always completely clean and dry before storing away. Cork fabric can develop creases if stored folded or in an awkward position so make sure your bag is stored in a natural position, preferably in a dust bag.  At The Cork Company we offer a free dust bag with most of ours products to help protect from dust, dirt and even insects when stored away. 

Looking for a new cork bag or wallet? Discover our collection of premium Portuguese cork fabric accessories here. If you have any questions or suggestions please comment below or do not hesitate to contact us


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