How to remove a stain on leather bag

For many of us, purchasing a beautiful leather bag or purse is a luxury we rarely indulge in. So when we are lucky enough to have one in our possession, we want to treat it with the utmost care. Of course, the reality is that no matter how well you treat your leather bag, occasionally life may throw a nasty surprise and you end up with a stain on your beloved bag. Thankfully, there are several home remedies that you can use to lessen and remove the stains. Make sure to test these remedies on an inconspicuous place on your bag to make sure it doesn't affect the leather too much. So get ready to salvage your leather bag.

Combine one part cream of tartar and one part lemon juice to make a stain removal paste when dealing with darker stains like blood and food. Rub the paste into the stained area and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping the paste off with a damp rag and moisturising soap. Use a soft cloth to buff the leather dry.

Erase the stain away with a hard eraser found on Number 2 pencils. Rub the eraser lightly on any type of leather stain. Even if this doesn't completely remove the stain, it should lighten it quite a bit without adding any wear and tear on your bag.

Remove grease stains on leather by rubbing a dry cloth over the stain. This will help soak up the grease. Be sure not to use water on the cloth, as it could cause water stains on your bag.

Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains. Rub the alcohol over the stain, and then dry the bag with a blow dryer set to the lowest setting once the stain is removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Cream of tartar
  • Lemon juice
  • Soft cloth
  • Number 2 Pencil with hard eraser
  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Blow dryer
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Jennifer Brown is a freelance journalist who has been writing since 2006 and has written for "Coreweekly Magazine," "The Wisconsin State Journal" and "The Syracuse New Times." The "New Times" gave her the opportunity to write on subjects ranging from food to entertainers to local environmentalist. She earned a Master of Arts in magazine, newspaper and online media from Syracuse University.