Thursday, June 20, 2013

Burberry Supernova Check Ink Removal Success!!!

Ok, this was a huge challenge!! I tried anything and everything!! I really wanted my bag to look amazing and new, and well, from the photos in my last post you can see it was far from that!
Well, after much experimentation, I can tell you what didn't work, and then I will tell you what did work!!

Didn't Work (to save you the hassle):
91% rubbing alcohol
Tide Stain Pen
Shout wipes
Huggies baby wipes
white vinegar
Lysol Kitchen Cleaner
Acetone (and don't try this, it bubbled up a tiny dot of the PVC coating on my bag!!)
the scum buster recipe involving white vinegar and dish detergent mixed together
sneaker magic
coach leather cleaner
coach fabric cleaner
Meguiar's Ultimate Compound
Dryel Stain Removing Spray
Magic Eraser
acrylic paint (impossible to match it, and the PVC coating is so thick that it casts a shadow... not a good look, but a little soap and water and you can remove it easily, thankfully!)
dish detergent
hotel soap

So... after many depressingly failed attempts, the bag was still ruined!! I wanted to cry... but instead I figured out what the bag was made of from a post that said it is safe to use bleach on the white part of the bag to remove stains. I figured out that it is PVC, and highly porous. I then googled PVC cleaning, and found some British website (no idea where, it was late last night), that had detailed instructions for removing stains from both PVC tablecloths and PVC flooring.... the recommended thing for tablecloths was some mold removing spray only available in the UK... I don't live in the UK, and Amazon UK doesn't ship the product to the US, and plus I am not that patient, so that option was out!

Ok, so I then read the instructions for removing stains from PVC vinyl flooring... and viola!!! Success!!! This is an overnight kind of thing. I am not responsible if you destroy your $700 bag following my instructions!! I will show you photos of the process, and I will tell you it worked on this particular Burberry Nova Check PVC and Patent Leather bag. Any use on any other bag is strictly up to you and you are responsible for the outcome!!!

Ok, so, the instructions for flooring said to take bleach and wet a piece of white sheet and leave it on the stain overnight.

This Works (HOORAY!!!)
I used white cotton makeup pads, soaked them in regular Clorox bleach, and cut them to the size of the stains, then laid them on. I did this on the entire bag where the stains were, including where I damaged it with the acetone... the bleach did no damage to the bag, did not discolor the plaid in any way, and removed almost every bit of each and every stain. I thought the bleach had damaged a weakened area of the PVC on another part of the bag, but I am now convinced that that damage pre-existed the bleach and simply became more visible when the ink was removed from on top of it.
This process, of soaking the cotton in bleach and laying it on the stains, took over 12 hours to fully remove all of the ink from the bag. This bag was really badly stained, no telling how long the stains had been allowed to soak in on this bag, and yet, they are gone!!! I am guessing that most stains when treated in a timely manner won't take nearly this long, so please make sure you check the progress often to be certain the bleach isn't harming your bag...  After a few hours, the cotton pads degraded into a cotton pulp... I just kept laying this on the bag on the stains that still were visible, until one by one, they all disappeared!

I have to say, I am a fan of Burberry PVC bags now... they can take a lot of abuse!! They are also pretty easy to make look new again... there are still some faint beige marks on the bag where some of the ink was. I think those will go away if I leave the bleach on longer, but I was getting impatient!!

cotton pads on dipped in bleach and laid over the stains

sideways view of the bag right after I removed the cotton (the white stuff is disintegrated bits of the cotton pads)

purple ink stain from some kind of magic marker, this is halfway through the treatment, it looked black when I started

desintigrated cotton pads soaking in bleach, mine had little scrubby things on one side which is what those white dots are

cotton with bleach on it sitting on some of the stains

view of the bag after stain removal... I was grinning from ear to ear when I took this!!!

The other side of the bag after stain removal... both sides of the bag were stained

light beige mark leftover where there was once a dark ink stain, I think further bleaching will remove it completely

The front of the bag where you can still see (if you really look hard) light beige traces of the original stains, but mostly gone!!!

the imperfection that was discovered after all that ink was removed... this was the area that looked like a cube in the before photos 

A closer look at that imperfection... considering the bag was so cheap, I am perfectly content with that!!!


  1. Hello Melissa! Just wanna say a big thank you for sharing the above solution.. i tried and it totally worked! I had huge patches of stains (likely from denim jacket or sth)on my burberry haymarket tote and specialised shops that does dry cleaning of bags immediately told me the denim stains will not be able to come off, its like i shouldnt even try sending it for cleaning. It's so amazing that the stains really lightened, its almost back to how it was before. So far i have put the cotton pad on for about 30hrs. I guess in another 8 hrs everything will be done! :D

    Thanks again!!!

  2. I haven't tried this but so far after trying everything else and taking my Burberry articles back to the Burberry shop time and time again, this sounds like the most promising solution. Can't wait til I go home and try this tonight! Thank you for the extensive and comprehensive instructions and for sharing your results!

  3. This was the most wonderful thing! You are a life-saver and this is the best trick in the book! You should share this with the world <3

  4. Thank you so much. I am going to try it on mine right now.

  5. is this for real? i have the same problem for mg lacoste pvc bag.. im afraid the bleach would discolor the bag.

    1. have you tried this solution on your lacoste pvc bag???

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  7. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You saved my $398 Michael Kors PVC bag that I has gotten ink on. I also tried everything you mentioned, including acetone, unfortunately, and was ready to give up when I found your blog. I didn't even have to wait overnight, within 2 hours the ink was gone. My husband and I are beyond amazed. Thank you so much for sharing this. Our first grandchild is yours (lol)! xoxoxo

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  9. Beware! Ruined my bag! I had a minor scruff that might not have been that noticeable if you didn't look carefully. The bleach left a yellowish discoloration on my beautiful bag. If I had read one comment about this issue, I would never try this! I left the bleach on for less than 10 minutes. I so regret doing this!!!

  10. My bag had the worst kind of stains I was giving it for lost!!! Tried this today and in 8 hours my bag is like new!!! I wish I could post pictures in here!!! Thank uuuuu I love u

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  14. This is great to know. Will definitely try this. Most of my lighter purses eventually suffer jean stains or random streaks, which is why i tend to use dark purses now. I have a white and black striped PVC purse and am actually able to use acetone on the white stripes with no bubbling or other issues. But it's definitely something i had to avoid for the black stripes. I guess it all depends on the purse.

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