Can a Stubborn Stain Be Removed from White Lacquer?

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Q: On a rainy night, I ordered takeout, and the plastic bag left a purple stain with the text on it (and the recycling symbol!) on my white lacquer coffee table! I tried removing it with cleanser and didn't make any progress. To salvage the table, will I have to re-lacquer it, or is there another way to remove the stain?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.