Monday, June 11, 2007

Light Water stains on Vuitton's vachetta leather

Despite the numerous posts online about the sensitivity of LV's vachetta leather, I did not take heed a weekend ago and proceeded to waltz in the rain with my new reporter bag. At first the raindrops dried and I thought nothing of it. As the days passed, they began to become more noticeable and it irritated me terribly. I began my search for the perfect solution to no avail. I did not want to treat it chemically so I decided on a soft white eraser. NOTHING. I spent most of the early part of my work day searching for the answer. I got so pissed that I decided to try the eraser idea again but this time using a regular lead pencil top. I gently rubbed it first on the sides of the vachetta and to my surprise, they began fading away until my leather lining is as blemish free as the day I bought it! Hope this helps to all of us who are whacko enough to care about our leather linings. {For those of you who want to know the actual office pencil I used: Quill #T8122 #2HB}

30 comments:

  1. hi there from the uk ! May I ask where you can buy this from and its exact description ? Is it a pencil or an eraser ? many thanks, Andy

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  2. Gosh, I am happy that people still read my old posts. I think any white eraser that you can buy would do the trick. Just rub it gently so as not to totally remove the surface of the leather. GoodLVck! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Jackie McHugh ~ Chicago, ILSeptember 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Well, I read your old post, too! And let me tell you, because of you I got a coffee drip off the handle of my speedy 30!!! I love you! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  4. Oh wow! How delightful! I'm so glad my blog was able to help you. Thank you so much! You just made my nite!

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  5. I'm so glad I found this post! I need to remove a water spot on my Alma. *on my way to buy pencils* Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. Oh my goodness! I just bought a brand new LV Stresa and the first night I took it out, my dry nail polish scuffed the large from piece of cow hide and left a green mark on it! I was so upset I felt sick to my stomach, I used a q-tip with acetone to remove the green polish, but it left a huge water mark! I thought all i could do was wait for the leather to naturally darken! After reading your blog I used a regular wood pencil eraser and then finished the job with the white eraser. It isn't perfect like when I left LV, but its amazingly almost 100% back to how it was! I am so excited!!! I thought it was ruined forever! Thank you so much this made my day!

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  7. I got a huge water mark left from acetone on my brand new LV Stresa!!! Dry nail polish from my nail left a green scratch across the large cowhide piece on the front above the clasp. I used a small amount of acetone (not recommended) on the scratch, which removed the green but left a huge water mark! After using a regular pencil eraser from a good quality wood pencil and then finishing the job with the white eraser, my brand new bag looks worn in the spot where the stain is, but not stained! I am so excited!!! Thank you! I was sick over this and now I can enjoy my bag again!

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  8. thanks for the great idea

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  9. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!
    I just bought a shoulder bag a few weeks ago...I was carrying my puppy to the car and he starting going to the bathroom! I am in total shock and my new LV smells like urine! Not only is it obviously on the leather, but also on the inside! (There is an outside pocket w/o a zipper, and of course, I didn't have the main part zipped! WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THE SMELL OUT?? I called LV and they were WORTHLESS! I'm so dissapointed in them and I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BAG! It's the Odeon PM and so perfect for traveling! The woman at LV acted like I should basically throw it away...is that my only option?????? PLEASE HELP!

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  10. Hi Anonymous!

    First of all, the best thing to do is take a deep breath and ascertain the situation. This will make you think rationally. Now, my suggestion would be to tackle the new vache leather first by using a dry eraser. Puppy pee is a bit yellow and I'm afraid this won't work. But try it and see. Remember, gentle strokes. Next for the drastic measures if the eraser fails. I would take a damp, white towel to it simultaneously drying it with a hair dryer. The dryer arrests the development of stains with new leather so it is essential that within seconds of the water coming in contact with it, that you dry immediately. As for the stain on the fabric lining, there is a product called Nature's Miracle. It deactivates pet odors and works well with carpet and fabrics. They are available in pet shops. Follow it up with Shout to lift the stain. I'm so sorry this happened to you. I'm not sure my suggestions would work. Please update me. GoodLVck!

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  11. I put my water bottle in my LV speedy monogram 30 bag and forgot to cap it. So all the water got spilled and many parts of the leather got drenched.. what am i going to do?

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  12. my bag is wet ! help!

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  13. my LV bag is drenched!! help!!!

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  14. Oh no!!!! How long has it been?! If it hasn't dried yet, take a blow drier to it PRONTO!!! This usually prevents the vache from "drinking" the water.

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  15. Hi there, I just got my bag LV speedy 30 back from the dry cleaners (biggest mistake ever!!) and don't know what to do! The leather seemed to have this crinkle effect and the back looks crinkled around the leather bc it's almost like the leather shrunk? I'm SO dissapointed:(. The cowhide just looks so dried up and I'm afraid that the patina that developed prior will not come back? I'm so upset and didn't know if anyone had any ideas on how i could fix it? is there some type of oil i could rub on the leather handles? the leather was so soft and now it's all stiff!! LV people at store were NOT helpful at all and neither were the dry cleaning people:(, thank everyone!!

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  16. HI. WISH i could help the last person with the water problem. I know how upsetting it can be. I have a different problem. I inherited an older vintage LV signature clutch. Had it in closet in a bag like the ones you get from LV, but when I went to get it to use it, the inside leather lining had not only cracked but was stuck together and looked like black mold. Took to LV store and they want almost 400 dollars to change linings. I can't afford to do that. I know it will not be the same bag without the leather lining, but, has anyone ever taken a bag to a leather repair shop to get lining cut out? I obviously can't use it the way it is, all black and sticky inside. It can't be repaired, just replaced per LV store. I am hoping to at least salvage the exterior. thank you.

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  17. I totally just fixed mine! it might sound funny but I just used a clean sock and ran it in the faucet with warm water- squeezed all the excess water out and left the sock damp with warm water. I then pat it on the affected surface on the vachetta and also on the surrounding surface - then I blow dried it on cool setting. It worked like a charm- mind you the stain was also 2 days old when I got caught in the rain, it was a bad stain as I had to walk about 10 mins in the rain.

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  18. I totally just fixed mine! it might sound funny but I just used a clean sock and ran it in the faucet with warm water- squeezed all the excess water out and left the sock damp with warm water. I then pat it on the affected surface on the vachetta and also on the surrounding surface - then I blow dried it on cool setting. It worked like a charm- mind you the stain was also 2 days old when I got caught in the rain, it was a bad stain as I had to walk about 10 mins in the rain.

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  19. Congratz, Patti! Thanks for the tip.

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  20. I bought a used Louis cabs alto. It has plenty on stain get on the bottom and handles and dried out leather. I like to restore the bag without the leather darkening any ideas? Thank you bunches

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  21. How can I remove hot stamp from speedy 35?? Help

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    1. So sorry for the late reply. Were you able to remove the hot stamp. I don't think you can do this but would LVoe to know if you actually can. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  22. Help! I just spilled a bit of tea on the handle of my LV. I tried a damp sock and dried with blow dryer. When the water dried the tea is still there. I tried a white eraser and nothing happened! The canvas is fine it is just the handle. What do I do??????

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    1. I do apologize for the late reply. Were you able to remove the stain? Tea stains are tough I am afraid to remove from vache leather. Hopefully in time, it will fade as the leather ages.

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  23. Hi, do you have any idea how to remove a fruit odor? Watermelon was near my bag and it burst spilling some of its juice in my lv neverfull. I was able to dry it but the smell is still there =( it was a mortifying experience

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  24. Hi, do you have any idea how to remove a fruit odor? Watermelon was near my bag and it burst spilling some of its juice in my lv neverfull. I was able to dry it but the smell is still there =( it was a mortifying experience

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  25. Hi. Help! Watermelon juice spilled on my lv neverfull =( it dried already but the smell is still there. I'm so happy how you respond so quickly. I hope you can help me. Thank you

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    1. Hmmmm...were you able to remove the stain? I believe the scent will eventually disappear but I do not know if the stain will. Sorry I am not much help. Thanks for visiting!

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  26. Hi. I hope you still respond to these questions! I have light oil stains on my lv neverfull straps. How can I take care of these?

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