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Style for Style: White Handbag Stains

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.


JKe895 JKe895 10 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 10 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 10 years
Fabsugar! Thats why we call you fab!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Definitely worth a try... thanks for the tip!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 10 years
Thanks for the tip...just bought a white bag.
etab etab 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
how about getting an old pen mark off a leather bag that isn't white?
GIOVS GIOVS 10 years
and more white handbags, but this i don´t like it, so regular
ccsugar ccsugar 10 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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