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How to remove pen marks off of leather bags

Because so many people carry pens with them, leather bags are a frequent victim to pen marks. Removing pen marks from leather bags is a delicate process. Using the wrong items to remove the pen marks could damage your leather bag beyond repair. Fortunately, the proper tools to remove the pen marks are common, inexpensive household items.

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  1. Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Rub the pen mark with the cotton ball in a circular motion.

  2. Dry the leather bag with a hairdryer. Set the hairdryer on the lowest setting. Hold it a few inches above the leather bag and move in a steady back-and-forth motion.

  3. Repeat the process until the pen mark is no longer visible on the leather bag.

  4. Apply a few drops of a leather cleaner and conditioner to a lint-free cloth. Rub the leather bag with the cloth to add moisture back to the leather.

  5. Pour acetone-free nail polish remover into a small container. Dip the corner of a cloth into the nail polish remover.

  6. Rub the pen mark with the corner of the cloth. Continue rubbing in a circular motion until you have removed the pen mark.

  7. Rinse the area with a clean, damp cloth and pat dry with a lint-free cloth.

  8. Add a drop or two of a leather cleaner and conditioner to a lint-free cloth. Gently rub the leather bag with the saturated cloth to add moisture back to the leather.

  9. Tip

    Test the pen mark removal method on an inconspicuous area of the leather bag. If damage or discolouration occurs, discontinue use.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairdryer
  • Leather cleaner and conditioner
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Acetone-free nail polish remover
  • Small container

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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