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Ink stains on the lining of your handbags and purses. What are your options?

I'd estimate that one third of all the handbags and purses we receive have ink stains on the interior lining(s).

This one third rule of thumb seems to apply whatever the source -- whether the handbags are dropped off at our facility for in-store service, whether they are picked by our local pick up and delivery service, or whether they arrive by UPS, FedEx or U.S. Post Office via our nationwide clean by mail service.

For the most part, we have been quite successful removing stains from the linings of our clients' handbags and purses. These stains include not only ink stains but other common water-based and oil-based stains as well -- candy, food, beverage, cosmetic, etc.
Here's one example of ink stains on the lining of a handbag that we successfully removed....
Our client sent in a Gucci GG fabric handbag with brown leather trim. Apart from the red dye stains that had rubbed off on the handbag from a pair of red jeans, the primary lining, as well as the zippered cosmetics pouch attached to the primary lining, was littered with small ink stains. Our primary concern in cleaning this handbag was not the red dye transfer. Our concern was whether the ink stains on the two linings could be removed.
The following before and after photos -- with special emphasis on the linings -- reflects the transformation of this handbag from stained to spotless:
BEFORE
AFTER
Of course, it's not possible to always remove all ink stains. The reasons are varied:
* The ink may not be soluble with water-based ink stain removers.
* The ink may not be removable with solvent-based ink removers.
* The ink may not be removable with special spotting agents specially formulated for ink stains.
Occasionally, the ink may not be removable because the lining used in the construction of the handbag might be incompatible with professional cleaning.
Take this Bottega Veneta red leather tote, for example.....
The red leather was heavily soiled, the corners were scuffed, the outer leather was scratched, the leather strap was missing a key piece of hardware that held the strap in place, and, according to our client, the strap was about nine inches too long.
After examining the handbag, we recognized that cleaning, refurbishing and repairing the exterior of the handbag would be relatively easy. The real challenge would be removing the ink stains from the paper-like, faux suede "fabric" that was used in the construction of the lining. Why so? Because the coating that had been applied to the paper-like, faux suede would, in all probability, rub off before we were able to remove the ink stains.
Upon further testing of the faux suede "fabric", we concluded that the lining was uncleanable, that the quality of the "fabric" used in the construction of the lining detracted from the overall appearance of the handbag, and that the lining was coming to the end of it's useful life and would probably tear with continued use.
With the consent of our client, we decided to completely replace the lining using a heavy duty duck canvas in a tan color that harmonized with the brilliant red exterior.
The following before and after photos -- with special emphasis on the linings -- reflect the transformation:
BEFORE
AFTER
Here are photos of some of the paper-like, faux suede lining we removed from this Bottega Veneta handbag:
(lining photos here)
If you're looking for a handbag cleaning specialist, please remember this: All handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks should be cleaned BY HAND. Never BY MACHINE. And, then, only by a cleaner who specializes in these accessories. And, the only way to ensure that the cleaner does, in fact, specialize in these accessories is to make sure that the cleaner has a FULL TIME handbag and purse cleaner ON PREMISES.
RAVE FabriCARE is the only cleaner in Arizona, and one of the very few in the USA, that employs a full time handbag cleaner whose sole job is to hand clean handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks. Unlike other cleaners, we'd never clean by machine and we'd never send your accessories to outside third parties for cleaning. That way we're able to deliver the very best technologically achievable results and return your items, in most cases, in a week and a half to two weeks.
For many more examples of handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks that we've recently cleaned, please enter HANDBAG CLEANING in the search engine at the top right of this page.
How can I help you?
To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.
To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

For the most part, we have been quite successful removing stains from the linings of our clients' handbags and purses. These stains include not only ink stains but other common water-based and oil-based stains as well -- candy, food, beverage, cosmetic, etc.

Here's one example of ink stains on the lining of a handbag that we successfully removed....

Our client sent in a Gucci GG fabric handbag with brown leather trim. Apart from the red dye stains that had rubbed off on the handbag from a pair of red jeans, the primary lining, as well as the zippered cosmetics pouch attached to the primary lining, was littered with small ink stains. Our primary concern in cleaning this handbag was not the red dye transfer. Our concern was whether the ink stains on the two linings could be removed.

The following before and after photos -- with special emphasis on the linings -- reflects the transformation of this handbag from stained to spotless:


BEFORE

 

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AFTER

 

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Of course, it's not possible to always remove all ink stains. The reasons are varied:

  • The ink may not be soluble with water-based ink stain removers.
  • The ink may not be removable with solvent-based ink removers.
  • The ink may not be removable with special spotting agents specially formulated for ink stains.

Occasionally, the ink may not be removable because the lining used in the construction of the handbag might be incompatible with professional cleaning.

Take this Bottega Veneta red leather tote, for example.....

The red leather was heavily soiled, the corners were scuffed, the outer leather was scratched, the leather strap was missing a key piece of hardware that held the strap in place, and, according to our client, the strap was about nine inches too long.

After examining the handbag, we recognized that cleaning, refurbishing and repairing the exterior of the handbag would be relatively easy. The real challenge would be removing the ink stains from the paper-like, faux suede "fabric" that was used in the construction of the lining. Why so? Because the coating that had been applied to the paper-like, faux suede would, in all probability, rub off before we were able to remove the ink stains.

Upon further testing of the faux suede "fabric", we concluded that the lining was uncleanable, that the quality of the "fabric" used in the construction of the lining detracted from the overall appearance of the handbag, and that the lining was coming to the end of it's useful life and would probably tear with continued use.

With the consent of our client, we decided to completely replace the lining using a heavy duty duck canvas in a tan color that harmonized with the brilliant red exterior.

The following before and after photos -- with special emphasis on the linings -- reflect the transformation:

BEFORE

 

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Here are photos of some of the paper-like, faux suede lining we removed from this Bottega Veneta handbag:

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If you're looking for a handbag cleaning specialist, please remember this: All handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks should be cleaned BY HAND. Never BY MACHINE. And, then, only by a cleaner who specializes in these accessories. And, the only way to ensure that the cleaner does, in fact, specialize in these accessories is to make sure that the cleaner has a FULL TIME handbag and purse cleaner ON PREMISES.

RAVE FabriCARE is the only cleaner in Arizona, and one of the very few in the USA, that employs a full time handbag cleaner whose sole job is to hand clean handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks. Unlike other cleaners, we'd never clean by machine and we'd never send your accessories to outside third parties for cleaning. That way we're able to deliver the very best technologically achievable results and return your items, in most cases, in a week and a half to two weeks.

For many more examples of handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks that we've recently cleaned, please enter HANDBAG CLEANING in the search engine at the top right of this page.

How can I help you?

 

To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.

To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

 

 


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    Linda Nachman Says:
    This special Bottega handbag was purchased in Italy in the early 1990's. RAVE FabriCARE did a phenomenal job, both inside and out, as well as "updating" the look by shortening the strap and polishing the hardware. After years of no use, thanks to Rave, it now feels like a new handbag!
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