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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Rubbing Alcohol

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.