Monday, 23 February 2015


There are several ways you can tackle those naughty ballpoint pen marks that mysteriously appear on your leather handbag.

To remove a pen mark from the leather exterior, first try a baby wipe. The mild detergent and moisturiser in the wipe can often help to fade a fresh mark.

If that doesn’t work, try rubbing it gently with a tiny amount of cuticle removing gel on a cotton ball. Please remember to test the gel in an inconspicuous area first, before tackling any stains that are in full view. Most cuticle gels are highly alkaline, which means they can dissolve a very fine top layer of the leather and hopefully take the stain with it. Remove the gel with mild soapy water on a clean cloth and wipe over with clean water as soon as the mark fades, then dry with a soft, dry towel. You may need to restore some shine with a leather treatment once the bag is dry. 

If you can’t remove the mark, you could try covering it up with a Leather Repair Touch-Up Kit (available to purchase online). Shoe polish also works quite well to disguise any marks.

To clean the fabric lining, spritz the pen mark lightly with hair spray. The solvent in the spray should start to dissolve the ink and make it easier to remove. Dab the damp stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, and keep lightly spritzing and blotting until the ink is removed. It’s important not to soak the mark with hairspray or the stain will spread.

Not all leather is suitable for the treatments described here, so please proceed with caution and always test first, on an area that is out of sight.

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