Ink Off a Leather Couch

How do I take a blue ink pen mark off of my leather couch?

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Ink Off a Leather Couch

I just used Ralph Lauren cologne on a light cafe mocha colored couch and it worked beautifully. I would most certainly recommend it. Thanks for the advice! (04/14/2008)

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By Jamie A.

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I had the pleasure of finding both black and blue ink in small spiral scribbles all over the couch. The black ink came right off with a baby wipe. The blue ink eventually came off by using cologne, but it did take some of the color off with it. I am probably the only person who can see the worn spot because I know it's there. I found it worked better to rub the cologne in with my finger instead of using a cloth. I wiped it down afterward with a baby wipe and then rubbed leather conditioner into the spot. (04/18/2008)

By Dark Brown leather

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Thank you so much for recommending cologne to remove blue ink from leather. I tried baby wipes, dish soap, and nothing was coming off. Once I tried the cologne it came up right away. Thanks again! The joys of having an 18 month old, and the 5 year old that came and told me. (04/25/2008)

By frustrated Mom

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Don't do this. If you have a colored couch, the color will come right off with perfume, hairspray, etc. Use caution. (05/01/2008)

By Kathy

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I have two kids, my daughter who is 18 months and my son who is five. My daughter marked all over my new tan leather couch with black pen. I used Lucky Brand Perfume and the stain came right off. Great idea, thank you! (05/10/2008)

By Holly from Rockford, Il

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Stetson cologne worked great. Rubbed it on tan leather after washing with leather cleaner and then rubbed with leather conditioner. (05/12/2008)

By matt

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Do not use Purell or Softsoap to get felt pen out of a light leather couch. I read on-line that either of these would work. I carefully attempted this and it started discoloring the couch so I stopped. My husband had felt pen on his back due to a surgical procedure and it rubbed off on the couch. We are not happy. We may have to order a new cushion if leather cleaner can't get it out. (05/16/2008)

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By Rori - Oklahoma

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I used stetson cologne on my dark tan leather couch. I must say that it did work, but now I have a worn spot. I can just tell my husband, that's where I sit all the time so nobody will see it. Thanks for the advice. (05/19/2008)

By Thea

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Just used Calvin Klein Truth on a new soft, very light beige sofa. A little bit of work and it came out, no color loss either, thanks. (06/05/2008)

By Kevin

Ink Off a Leather Couch

In Australia there is a company called Moran that makes great leather furniture. They also have a leather cleaner, and I just used it to remove several cm of fresh biro from the surface of a red leather couch.

Try and buy professional leather cleaner if you can. (07/06/2008)

By JC

Ink Off a Leather Couch

My 3 year old scribbled all over my red leather couch, I just read the feedback left before mine and tried Burberry perfume and a clean dry cloth. I sprayed the Burberry directly on the couch (you should probably spot check first, but I didn't think a bit of fading could be worse than all the pen marks) and to my surprise it came off completely with no color fading at all! (07/08/2008)

By lisa

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Don't use rubbing alcohol. It took the color out of my mushroom leather sofa, and also the ink is still there. (07/08/2008)

By Guest

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I used Lamb, Gwen Stefani's cologne, on custom leather seats (the leather was grey and the ink was blue) and it came right out. Kinda dried the leather leaving a visible dry spot. So I then added leather conditioner and it's like it was never there. (07/18/2008)

By sill a lot

Ink Off a Leather Couch

My husband drew a happy face on my shoulder before I fell asleep on his brother's couch. I woke up to 4 happy faces on the white leather couch. Tried my lucky brand perfume and it worked about 90%. Thanks for the tips. (07/19/2008)

By Michal

Ink Off a Leather Couch

My 4 year old wrote all over our leather couch last year and I searched like crazy for something to get it out. None of the other ideas worked for me. I finally ordered a stick online and it helped somewhat, but also discolored part of the leather. I called a high-end furniture store and she told me the only product that she knew to work was by "Guardsman", but I couldn't find anyone who sold it.

Since then, I found the Guardsman Ink Remover Stick at Lowe's. It's made my Valspar. It works! It removed the ink from my couch and didn't fade the color like the other stuff. It's like a miracle and worth a try. Oh, I got mine on clearance for $1.50 (can't beat that). Here's the link http://www.guardsman.com/guardsman/store/productDetail.html?productId=4902 (07/28/2008)

By LeighAnn

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I sprayed some perfume on the ink stain on my couch and left it there for a few minutes. When I returned the stain was gone. Thanks for the tip. (07/29/2008)

By Nicole

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I have a brown leather couch and a beautiful black ink original art work from my almost two year old. In an inconspicuous place I tried the perfume/cologne. It got the ink stain out but began taking the dye from the couch with it also. I called the service department at the furniture store where I bought the couch and they instructed me to use hair spray. I put the hairspray on a q-tip and then went over the marks to avoid hurting too much of the leather. I let it sit for about 20 seconds and then in circular motions with a wet microfiber cloth I wiped it off, then I dried with a dry microfiber cloth and wiped with a leather wipe to get the moisture back in. Amazingly it worked! (07/30/2008)

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By Three Under Three from NC

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Thanks for the tip guys! It really helped! (08/07/2008)

By azra

Ink Off a Leather Couch

My 7 year old niece and nephew got black ballpoint pen all over my cream leather sofa. I absolutely lost the plot when I saw it, I tried everything. Even if I knew it wouldn't work, I tried anything to get the biro off my new leather couch. But I have read some of these hints and tips and yes, perfume/aftershave does work. But takes a tiny tiny bit of color out of the sofa. When it dried, however you couldn't really tell. I wouldn't recommend using it on darker colored sofas, and the color loss MAY be more noticeable. (08/09/2008)

By Karren

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I can't thank you all enough for the tip on using perfume to remove ink stains on leather. I had a pen in my pocket and sat in my 1 day old car with cream leather seats. Needless to say, I completely marked up the seat. My husband was livid. I used my most expensive perfume to remove the marks, thought that it was cheaper than getting a new car or husband. It worked well plus smells great! (09/05/2008)

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I managed to get blue ink on a cream seat in a rental car. I used Clinique Happy Perfume and the ink disappeared within minutes. Thanks for the tip. I am much relieved now that I can take this rental car back with the ink removed! (09/06/2008)

By Danielle

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Using perfume really does work! My son decided to decorate my husband's light tan leather seats in his beloved mustang with a blue pen. I used Victoria Secret Very Sexy perfume and it wiped right off. I don't know who discovered the perfume trick, but that person is a life saver! (09/09/2008)

Ink Off a Leather Couch

The perfume worked for me. Thanks! (09/23/2008)

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I used "Guardsman" and bought the stick from Lowe's for $1.45. After using all of the expensive leather cleaners (about 5) this was the only thing that worked on my brand new dark chocolate Italian leather couch that my 17 month old son used to write on with an ink pen. This took out the ink 5 days after he wrote on it and it only took about 30 seconds. I then used a good leather conditioner (NOT cream) and it looks perfect. I went back and cleared Lowe's out of the rest of these for future children that we might have and future stains. I would not use the alcohol based products on a dark leather. It will strip the color. I don't usually post, but this was so amazing I thought I had to share. (09/24/2008)

By Kelly- Rockford, IL.

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Thanks for the tips. I first tried using pleasure and it didn't work. Then I used my husband's Lancome Miracle, and a miracle did happen! (09/26/2008)

By Arwen

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Thanks so much for the tips on how to remove ink off of leather. I was about to pay $5.95 Plus $11 shipping on Guardsman Ink Remover because Lowe's did not have any guardsman products in stock by me, but I decided to try cologne first. It worked. Try cologne before spending money on expensive cleaners. (10/05/2008)

By leather Cleaner

Ink Off a Leather Couch

This is amazing. One of my friends sat on my white leather sofa with an ink pen in his pocket. A few swipes with Puff Daddy's Unforgiven, and the stain is gone. (11/06/2008)

By Jay

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I'm so glad I found this site. Our 3 year old son found a blue ink pen and drew some nice abstract art on our dark brown leather couch. (My husband works at a furniture store and said not to let this happen because ink will NOT come off leather.) Well, knowing how upset my husband was going to be when he got home I got busy. I used Vita/E hairspray. Sprayed it right on the q-tip and traced the ink lines with a back and forth motion. I then wiped it off with a wet cloth. TA DAH! Oh, thank you for posting about this. I am in debt to you, you saved mine and my son's hide. Furniture stores sell you a leather protection at the time of purchase to help avoid this type of stuff, but since our couch was 1/2 off in the bargain room leather protection wasn't an option. Anyway, thanks again. (11/07/2008)

By Dominey, J

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Last night I drew (accidentally) on the white leather couch my parents got 2 weeks ago. I freaked out but then I dropped on this site and the lynx thing worked! Thanks a lot :) (11/07/2008)

By Alex

Ink Off a Leather Couch

This worked great - I used Clinique Happy Heart and voila, ink stain gone! (11/11/2008)

By Kimberly

Ink Off a Leather Couch

The perfume trick works great! Our 5 yr old drew on a brand new brown leather sofa with a ballpoint pen, and it took it out in seconds. As far as I can see there is no damage to the sofa from either the ink or the perfume. Great tip! Thanks! (11/16/2008)

By Lisa in WI

Ink Off a Leather Couch

This is genius! My 16 month old got a hold of a pen & wrote all over our leather ottoman (really expensive piece of furniture). I thought it was ruined. I tried the perfume trick, and it worked. Thank you to some awesome advise. You really saved us! (12/21/08)

By Jeanine

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Wow, I'm impressed. It really does work. I would recommend using leather conditioner as it brings the shine back. Thanks to everyone. (01/08/2009)

Ink Off a Leather Couch

We just bought white leather couches and they weren't cheap. Our 18 month old decided they needed a little something extra and colored all over the love seat with a black pen! I used some of my perfume, and the ink just melted off! Holy cow, this site saved my life. Thank ya! (01/13/2009)

By Carlie

Ink Off a Leather Couch

I tried the perfume to get the ink off my leather couch. Don't do it. It also removed the color. (01/20/2009)

By Marcia

Ink Off a Leather Couch

My great-grandson scribbled on my brand new brown leather sofa with black ink. I was frantic. I found this website and tried hairspray with a Q-tip, but I pressed too hard and slightly damaged my couch and the ink was still there. I went and got my Timeless perfume, sprayed it on and it wiped right off. Hurray! (01/24/2009)

By saleemah

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Yeah, this tip works to an extent. All of it does not come off, you definitely need a conditioner for the leather, any kind of oil you have in your house will work. But the search is still on to finish the remainder of the stains. It is not like "voila" spray the perfume on, and it melts off. You will be scrubbing for a long time. (01/26/2009)

By Robin

Ink Off a Leather Couch

We had a recently purchased white bicast leather seat which got marked by a pen in a back pocket. I thought the bicast might clean easily but nothing would touch the ink. However, a Q-tip with the perfume took it right off! Impressive. Thanks for the great tip. (01/28/2009)

By Charles

Ink Off a Leather Couch

The perfume did the trick on the ink stain. I've used the Magic Eraser pad in the past, but this time it started to take the color out of the leather. I tried the perfume on the ink and it came right out! Now I'm trying to revive the color using leather conditioner, hope it works. Thanks for the great tip! (01/30/2009)

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Maybe on white or cream, but don't do it on red leather. It took the color out of mine. (02/18/2009)

By sophie

Ink Off a Leather Couch

My 3 year old decided to write on the brown leather couch with ball point pen. After scrubbing and pretty much damaging part of the couch, I discovered this tip. The perfume did work, you have to wipe it immediately though. Thanks so much, it worked great! (02/19/2009)

By Trish

Ink Off a Leather Couch

Just don't do it if you have brown or black sofas. I have a reddish/brown sofa set and my 4 year old daughter drew a line with a black ball point pen right on the arm of this sofa. I did this and the ink came right off leaving behind a very light colored streak. Took the color right off! Not like I can hide it, considering it's on the arm of the sofa. I used the leather conditioner right after, it made it shiny but didn't fix the lost color. Ugh. (03/10/2009)

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