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How to Remove Ink from Leather

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Whether its a jacket, purse, or other item, ink stains on leather can ruin an items appearance. It is important to not further damage the leather when trying to remove the ink. This is a guide about removing ink from leather.
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March 2, 20105 found this helpful

Try hairspray! I had a blue pen and the ink went on my fingers. I went to push the stool in and it went on the stool. I tried Jif, bleach and alcohol, they all didn't work. When it came to hairspray, it came straight off with just one wipe down.

So if you have any leather that has been marked with ink, don't stop and think that it's a scar for life. Let me tell you that hairspray was the best product I ever used!

By Olivia from Bexley, NSW

Editor's Note: Be sure to test the hairspray in an inconspicuous place first. It may remove the color from leather, depending on the quality of the dye and the deepness of the color. White or cream seems to have the best results.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful
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I tried hairspray and not only did it NOT WORK, it took the color out of my light green leather chair. DO NOT USE HAIRSPRAY ON COLORED LEATHER. it might work on white leather but not on colors! My chair now looks awful!

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June 9, 20085 found this helpful

My children's school work got wet and the ink transferred to my light beige leather car seats. I could read the school work on my seats. I went to this site quickly before I left for work. I grabbed a few items suggested: alcohol, hairspray, soap and worked on the spots at red lights. Nothing worked.

I went into work and someone told me about Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It's by the cleaning products in the store. It worked! No fading. I even tried it on a old rust spot on my sink I could never get out, and it worked. I had to submit this today.

By Ami from Shorewood, IL

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

I tried Mr clean magic eraser on ink scribblings on my cream colored car seat and did not work need a better answer than that

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

White Leather Background

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You can use the same methods for cleaning ink off of a white leather jacket as you would use on other leather clothing or furniture. This is a guide about removing ink stains on a white leather jacket.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

The interior of a car with brown leather seats.

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This is a guide about removing ink on leather car upholstery. Ink can be a tricky stain to remove from leather without doing damage to the finish.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

Leather Purse

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If you get pen marks on a leather purse it can be difficult to get cleaned off. This is a guide about removing pen on a leather purse.

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June 15, 2010

A client of mine accidentally made a long ink pen line on the leather in my Cadillac. I tried all of the suggested removal methods and they did not remove the ink. Finally, I decided to call Dr. Vinyl in Naples, FL to have the area redyed.

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April 6, 2010

One way to remove ink from a light color leather chair is to use BB (Bumble and Bumble) styling spray. Spritz on ink spot and let sit for 1 to 2 seconds, then wipe off. It might take 2x to completely remove most of the stain. You won't see it as badly after the first time.

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January 12, 2017

Several days ago I purchased a used Michael Kors vanilla leather wallet. I noticed that it had pen ink stains on the inside of the closure. I don't know how or what to use to remove that ink stain without damaging the wallet. Any suggestions? I have included 2 pics of my wallet; hope this helps. Thank you!

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

I have a lot of leather items and have tried many types of stain removers (I have never used an oil as I thought it would stain the leather even more?) but leather cleaners and restorers from an automotive department/store usually helps a lot.

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March 10, 2017

My daughter drew on my white leather couch a day ago with an ink pen. So I've tried to spray cologne on it which just lightened the marks. What can I do to get the remainder out?

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March 10, 20170 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol has helped on our cream leather couch.

There are other tips here: http://spotremo  ink-from-leather

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June 7, 2011

How do I remove ball point ink from leather?

By nfeeney

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November 15, 20150 found this helpful

I tried tea tree oil on my pseudo leather jacket and the bird stains disappeared without damaging the fabric

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June 1, 2011

How would I remove a blue Biro mark from a white leather jacket?

By Jemma

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August 8, 20111 found this helpful

White toothpaste works for me but be sure to test a hidden area first.

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May 16, 20110 found this helpful

I have tried all the tips and tricks suggested but nothing has worked! Any other idea on how to remove blue pen ink from tan leather?

By Silver C

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

This will sound unlikely but as long as it is leather and not suede; just spray the ink with a little hair spray/lacquer and it should rub off with a cloth. It works on a lot of different surfaces but don't try it on anything which has a nap, like suede and fabric.

I have used this often and it does work, this was a tip I picked up from watching the 'How clean is your house' team, Kim and Aggie on tv.

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January 31, 2011

To remove ink from leather, spray with hairspray then wipe away. Test first on an inconspicuous place

By katesnanna from Brisbane, Australia

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

Gosh what does the hairspray do to one's head then?

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March 27, 20150 found this helpful

How can I remove blue ink from a red Coach leather wallet?

By Lucille

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January 11, 2005

I need help taking off ink that busted in the pocket and got all over my leather jacket. It's really bad. Can you please help me. Thanks.

Sabrina

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January 29, 20060 found this helpful

I've had great success removing ink using plain old rubbing alcohol, even on fine Italian leathers. The little first-aid kit packets are great as they are highly saturated and if you don't unfold them...they have a nice thin edge for precision. I always wash off the alcohol with a damp cloth after the ink is gone and then condition the leather since alcohol is drying. Good luck!

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October 11, 20140 found this helpful

Help! I just found two black stains on my beautiful new(ish) soft red leather handbag. I got the bag as a gift. I cannot believe that I had a leaky pen that seeped right through from the inside of the bag to the outside. It looks horrible.

I'm grateful that I can at least keep the stained side of the bag worn close to me, and not have the awful stain revealed. Is there any way to clean these blotchy stains off safely, without ruining the leather?

By JaydeE from Yorkshire, UK

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January 1, 2011

I need information for removing ink from leather.

By Sue

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January 26, 2010

How do I get ink off a leather truck seat?

By Penny from AR

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January 1, 20110 found this helpful

My son bought a suede jacket for his fiance and it has ink on it. What do we do to get the ink out?

By Laurel from Jewett City, CT

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March 8, 20160 found this helpful

A plain white eraser should work

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March 1, 20101 found this helpful

I'm freaking out... my year old wrote with ink in quite a few areas on my new leather ottoman. I tried aftershave and hairspray and it's taking some of the clear coat off of the leather and leaving a rubbed off white mark.

Any Suggestions?
Laura

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November 26, 20090 found this helpful

My car seats are red leather. I have a 1/2 inch blue ink stain on my back seat. How can I clean it off?

Michelle

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Removing Ink From Red Leather

Simply use aftershave or alcohol to remove this stain. (02/01/2005)

By xxfayxx

Removing Ink From Red Leather

I don't know if alcohol would work. I would think it would strip the leather of its colour? I used an antibacterial facial cleanser and it did the trick (phisohex). (04/01/2005)

By Crystal

Removing Ink From Red Leather

I've always heard that hairspray removes ink. (08/29/2005)

By BrookesMommy

Removing Ink From Red Leather

I have a soft red leather purse by Coach (very expensive $500) and I marked it with a black ball point pen. I used antibacterial on a Kleenex to remove it. It took the pen mark right off. As I applied it I poured water over it to remove the alcohol from the purse as soon as possible. It did remove the ink and some of the red color (barely) off the purse. I wished I applied the antibacterial to a Q-tip instead of a Kleenex and rubbed it off softly in layers with the water. I'm pretty sure red shoe polish will buff it right out. (03/07/2008)

By Kelli

Removing Ink From Red Leather

Antibacterial hand sanitizer worked like a charm. I massaged a small amount onto the stain with my finger tip. The ballpoint ink is gone and leather is fine, no discoloration. (10/16/2008)

By Barbara

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May 18, 20160 found this helpful

Used a cotton swab dipped in perfume and it worked like magic on my genuine beige leather sofa

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

How do you remove blue ink from a red leather settee?

By Lynnl from Dumfires

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Removing Ink From Red Leather

Antibacterial hand sanitizer works like a charm. You can actually see the ink lifting before your eyes! Then, blot with cotton balls. (01/28/2010)

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August 8, 20160 found this helpful

I just had ball point marks removed from my leather dress. (very light -gold colour) and it came sparkling clean. Good old anti-bacterial handsanitizer.

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March 1, 20070 found this helpful

How can I clean an ink stain off my tan leather seat?

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove ink marks from light brown leather?

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

How do you get ink stains off a leather couch?

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

I have some leather purses with ink on them. Can anyone tell me what I could possibly use to remove the ink?

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October 4, 20040 found this helpful

Some how or another, my wallet got ink all over it and it looks really tacky when I carry it around (it's a wallet-on-a-string).

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