Canvas totes are wonderfully versatile—a plain bag is essential for eco-friendly shopping, while an elegant print (even if it’s DIY) can elevate the standard to a work-appropriate accessory. The only issue: Tote bags can be tricky to clean.
To remove a minor dirt stain, rub the soiled area with a dry gum eraser ($0.69, officedepot.com) often seen in art class—you are, after all, working on canvas. Avoid spot cleaning, as it will most likely leave a water ring on the material.
A deeper, heavier stain may require a professional hand cleaning by a handbag expert… and you may find, given the nature of the bag, it’s not worth the cost. And forget trying to remove ink—according to Chris Moore, owner of New York City’s Artbag, which specializes in repairs and cleaning, it’s almost impossible to get out.
Whatever you do, avoid a dry cleaning, as the machinery involved may do more harm than good.