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You know the story: you finally muster up the guts to purchase the perfect white handbag and to your dismay, the bozo sitting next to you on the train accidentally leaves a pen stain on it while writing in his "diary." What to do? Pinupsweetheart wanted to know, so I'm here to say that it's okay to panic for a minute, but you must get over it fast and do something before it's too late.


To see what you should do,


I have found that Method Surface Wipes, $4, are the best way to get rid of pen marks, denim stains and dirt on your crisp white bag. You should always have a ziploc baggie full sitting at your desk at work and at home because you never know when or where the stain will hit. Also, these are biodegradable and eco-friendly so the chemicals are more gentle on the delicate leather. If it's too late and the pen stain won't come off, you can always dab a bit of good ol' whiteout on it! And for the future, try not to sit next to someone that is frantically writing an essay on the train.

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JKe895 JKe895 8 years
What about those Laundress stain removal wipes that were posted not too long ago? I think those might be another alternative instead of sharpie, that becomes permanent and it might be the wrong shade.
Fashion Fashion 8 years
Good question, Carmabelle. First I'd try the Method Surface Wipes and see if that fades it out a bit. If not, perhaps you can dab a bit of the same colored sharpie on it? Like if your bag is red, use a red sharpie. Hope that helps. xo
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
Fabsugar! Thats why we call you fab!
SU3 SU3 8 years
Definitely worth a try... thanks for the tip!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
Thanks for the tip...just bought a white bag.
etab etab 8 years
I am with Carmabelle. What about pen stains on other colors of purses? Leather or faux? I even have a true red patent leather handbag that has pen marks and I am at a loss as to how to get them off without damaging the finish/material.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Good tip here - those wipes must be really good! I'll have to try - maybe even venture out finally and get a white purse.
SwtAsSgar SwtAsSgar 8 years
Thanks Fab.... I could've used this 2 years ago. I had this beautiful white Coach bag that was RUINED by pen and dirt. Eek. I wonder if it's still in my closet.... How do you think it would work on set in stains? hehe....~SwtAsSgr~
SwtAsSgar SwtAsSgar 8 years
Thanks Fab.... I could've used this 2 years ago. I had this beautiful white Coach bag that was RUINED by pen and dirt. Eek. I wonder if it's still in my closet.... How do you think it would work on set in stains? hehe.... ~SwtAsSgr~
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
i wish i would have known about this months ago. i threw out a really nice bag that a friend had given me for graduation b/c it was all dirty and stained. nothing i tried worked so i gave up. :(
carmabelle carmabelle 8 years
how about getting an old pen mark off a leather bag that isn't white?
GIOVS GIOVS 8 years
and more white handbags, but this i don´t like it, so regular
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
Oh I'll have to try this. I have a white leather purse that's looking a little dingy, maybe this will help. Thanks pinupsweetheart!
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