How to Remove Ink Stains on Bags

When an pen cap comes off in the bottom of your bag, you can end up with a large ink stain that bleeds through to the exterior of a purse. Or a bag owner can accidentally drop an open pen onto a bag's surface. There are a number of ways an ink stain can occur, and the removal process is easy. Always test a stain removal product on a small, inconspicuous area of the bag before tackling the stain.

Cloth or Vinyl Bags

Leaky pens can easily stain bags.
  1. Spray the ink stain with hair spray. Leave it for 30 seconds.

  2. Blot and gently rub the stain lightly with a paper towel until it comes out.

  3. Re-spray the stain with hair spray, if it does not come out when you rub it on the first attempt. Add two drops of clear liquid soap to the stain and rub the stain with your fingers until it comes out.

  4. Rinse the soapy residue off the bag with warm water.

Leather Bags

  1. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

  2. Rub the soaked cotton ball in a circular motion over the stain until the ink comes out.

  3. Apply a leather conditioner to the area, following the package directions.

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