Vinyl purses make stylish and trendy handbags, but they're easily dirtied and stained. If you get a permanent stain on your vinyl purse, you may exacerbate the stain if you try to remove it with the wrong product or technique. Only certain products are safe to use for stain removal on vinyl.
Butter is safe to use on vinyl. To remove a stain, take a cold stick of salted butter and rub the tip onto the stain. Place the purse in direct sunlight, such as outdoors or near a window. Allow the butter two hours to be absorbed by the stain. The oil in the butter softens the stain, and the salt draws the stain out of the fabric. Sprinkle salt on top of the butter if you only have unsalted butter.
Hair spray is commonly used to remove ink stains from vinyl products, including handbags. Squirt the hair spray directly onto the stain. Mist but don't saturate the stain. Allow the hair spray to sit for a few minutes for the stain to absorb the chemicals. Before the hair spray dries, rub the stain with a tissue or paper towel. Repeat the process if the tissue absorbs some but not all of the stain.
Clear liquid laundry or dish detergent is a safe product to use for stain removal on vinyl purses. Pour a few drops of the liquid detergent directly onto the stain. To avoid oversaturating, use a medicine dropper. Use your fingers to work the detergent into the vinyl to remove the stain. Gently rub between your fingers until the stain has faded. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Mineral Spirits or Hydrogen Peroxide
Mineral spirits and hydrogen peroxide effectively remove stains from vinyl purses. For colored vinyl, apply mineral spirits to the stain. For white vinyl, use hydrogen peroxide, which has bleaching properties. Dip a cloth into the mineral spirits or hydrogen peroxide then dab the stain. Gently apply pressure and rub the stain out of the vinyl.
Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.