An ink stain must not ruin a favorite bag
The other day, I saw a colleague with a beautiful leather designer bag. I complimented her on her bag and her face turned to an sad expression. She turned her bag around and showed me an ink stain. She told me how the bag was stained. At a conference, someone’s pen fell down with its tip downside onto the bag. While sliding down the bag, it left an half an inch long line. “Do you have an idea how to get rid of the stain” was her next question.Read how to get an ink stain out of leather. #stainremoval Click To Tweet
An ink stain on a leather item is not a reason to toss it
When your stain is small like the one described above you may have a chance to save your leather item. Of course, results depend on the type of ink and the age of the ink stain. In other words, the following methods may remove or lighten the stain. But when the other alternative would be to toss the leather item, it is better to try saving it first and give stain removal a try when you can afford a professional cleaning. Often it is even impossible to find a professional cleaning service.
Always make a test first at a hidden place
No matter which of the stain removal methods you try always perform a “color safety test” on a part of the leather that is relatively hidden. This test allows you to see whether the removal liquid will not casue an even larger damage than the stain is already. Just rub a cotton ball with the liquid you want to use onto a small portion of the leather. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so. In principle, you shouldn’t find any problems. However, it’s always best to teat than being sorry.
- Spray hairspray on the ink spot. Wait for about a minute, but ensure that the hair spray doesn’t dry. Patch the ink-hair spray mix with a clean bloat sheet.
- If hairspray doesn’t do the trick, try to remove the spot by rubbing it with alcohol.
- When the ink is visible from both sides of the leather item, it penetrated deep into the leather. In this case, try to remove/lighten the spot with colorless nail polish remover.
- Deep settled ink stains may also be removed/lifted with aerosol brake parts cleaner.
- Moisten a cotton ball with alcohol and rub the alcohol onto the ink stain. Perform a circular motion without imposing pressure or scrubbing. When it works you should see quickly that the ink stain starts disappearing. Make sure not to spread the ink remover mix to adjacent areas.
- Once the spot disappeared, and apply a small drop of leather conditioner to the cleaned area to restore the moisture and shine of the leather. Often conditioning the entire bag is best.
- When an ink stain is on your leather couch, you may apply a white eraser on the stain (e.g. White Magic Eraser).
Now to the stain-free street chic OOTD
The weekend brought another load of snow. Typically, March has blue skies. There wasn’t much blue so far. Thus, I tried an outfit with a lot of blue. Navy plus washed denim is always a great pairing. Sparkle, yes please. I still love this patched sequin jacket from StyleWe that I added to my wardrobe last spring. I love they designer clothes at a price a real woman can afford. Their site is always worth looking at when you want something trendy, but well designed.
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