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This is a guide about cleaning pen ink on a suede couch. Care must be taken when cleaning suede.
This is a tip for removing ink from a white or cream colored leather sofa.
Important: try using a small, less noticeable area of your leather sofa to treat for ink stain, and see how it works on your leather sofa before treating the whole sofa. You may notice a lightening of the fabric area if you rub too hard against the sofa with the Q-tip that contains the solution, or if you use large quantities of the Goof Off liquid. Apply only a small amount of the liquid onto the Q-tip first to see how the leather sofa responds to the liquid.
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My leather couch is white and I have a huge blue stain. I tried the Magic Eraser, but it only lifted slightly. What else is there?
By Sandy from Mississauga, Ontario
That is tough. I don't know how you could lift it, but consider staining it white again. There are very effective leather dyes available. Check with your local shoe repair or saddle repair shop for dyes. Good luck.
I had some ink stains in my white coach bag. I used hand sanitizer and it came right off. I am not sure about other color leathers but the white one came off. I rubbed it with a microfiber cloth.
Great tip, worked well, thank you !
Sweeteey50 Thank you so much I'm starting to see a difference with removing the black paint spots or Ink Spots from a white leather couch and I still have more to do I didn't totally lift the stains I got tired after trying all these different options butt the sanitizer is working yes the sofa just three weeks old
I just put a blue ball point pen mark on my sons white leather sofa i cant get out to buy something i am babysitting
I have iodine and ball point pen ink stains on a cream leather sofa, do you know how I can get rid of them? It is not my sofa and I am freaking out.
Hairspray always takes out pall point pen. Since the couch is leather, this should be a safe way to try and get it out (you may want to spray a little on a part of the sofa that doesn't show to make sure!) As for the iodine, hopefully the hairspray will also take it out. Good luck. BTW, the type of hairspray doesn't matter.
Not sure about iodine, but I just used alcohol to get pen stains out of something. Whatever you use, be sure to test it first on an area of the couch that won't show. Any substance that will remove ink/iodine may also destroy the finish on the leather. Good luck!
Hairspray doesn't work.
My 18 month old has just used a blue ball point pen to draw all over my cream leather sofa! "again" my first attempts at moving them was with suggested methods which just faded the leather and pen marks. This morning I've noticed he'd done it again this time big round marks!
In a panic I just picked up my new buy from the betterware called the "pink stuff"(cleaning product) put a bit on a damp cloth,with the first wipe it was gone,i gave it a go on the previous marks and too they have disappeared, no scrubbing was needed and no damage to the leather-give it a go! literally one wipe and it was gone.
ps: I did however try it on my chairs which are faux leather. It only faded the pen marks so best works on real leather.
Why would you have Iodine on your sofa? For leather, lighter fluid on a cotton ball or a q tip works wonders, it will even take off perm. marker or blood in most cases. This will work for pen defiantly, probably for the Iodine also. Just wet a cotton ball with a moderate amount of zippo lighter fluid (or something very similar) and rub the stain until it lightens and disappears. Test a less visible part of the leather for colorfastness, esp. for dark colors. After the stain is gone wipe over the area with a damp rag and dry. It is best to clean the stain as soon as possible but even after the stain has set for a long period of time .you may be able to remove it. I probably would not try this with suede. For woven fabrics I would explore other options first.
How do I get blue pen ink off of my cream leather couch? I have tried rubbing alcohol, leather cleaner, Murphy's oil and the last resort, hair spray is not advisable.
By R. Brown
Non-gel toothpaste may work. Add a little to a damp cloth and gently rub, it's abrasive enough to remove ink from most fabics but not enough to scratch leather. You may have to do this more than once to remove all the ink. I would strongly suggest trying it on a small, hidden spot to make sure it will not scratch the leather.
You mentioned using alcohol, but you didn't indicate the percentage. You must use 91% isopropyl alcohol for good results in removing pen ink from leather. Dab a cotton swab or cotton ball with 91% isopropyl alcohol, and approach the stain at one side. Press gently, don't rub, until the ink appears on the cotton. Do this a little at a time until all the ink is absorbed. I've used this method several times with great results. Good luck!
I have shiny cream leather sofas. My grand-daughter wrote several lines and made many drawings on them using a black coloured ballpoint ink pen. On the other sofa's she wrote with blue coloured ballpoint ink. What must I use to clean and remove these two types of ink on my leather sofas without damaging the colouring or paint on the sofas?
By Paul from South Africa
I have found that hair spray or fingernail polish remover has worked for me in taking out ink marks. I would try both or one on a spot of leather where no one can see if it does not work. You will have to make a small ink mark first to see if either works, but out of sight.
Thanks I tried the nail polish remover and it worked my son wrote on my white headboard with blue ink pen thanks a lot
How can I remove old blue pen marks on my light gray leather chairs? I have tried acetone, hair spray, Chapstick, alcohol swabs, just about everything I can think of and nothing worked. Is there anyone who actually had a product that really worked?
Yes this is what you do. Blot at the stained area using a soft, dry cloth or paper towel.
Apply a leather cleaner to the stain. ...
Moisten a cotton ball or a cotton bud with rubbing alcohol. ...
Gently rub at the stain using the moistened cotton.
How do I remove blue ink off a cream leather couch?
By Marilyn N.
Test these on a hidden area on the back of your couch first: If one does not work, then try the other. I hope this helps!
Use the first two with a cotton swab.
How do I remove ink from a leather sofa?
My dog chewed an ink pen on my pearl leather sofa. It left deep spots. I have tried Ink Lift with no luck. What can I use to take the ink off?
By Belinda F.
How do I remove ball point pen ink from couch upholstery?
By Catherine from Norwalk
Where do I buy products to remove an ink stain from a light cream leather suite? Also, How do I remove ink stain from my light cream leather sofa?
By Victoria F. from Hodge Hill, Birmingham
How do I remove ink stains from a leather sofa?
By Annette from Wales
I want to get pen marks off my brown leather couch. What do I do?
By Henna from Oceanside, NY
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I need to remove an ink stain from a leather handbag. The bag is red and the ink is black. Can anybody help me?
By Joan from Geneva
Use rubbing alcohol. (03/17/2011)
How do I get blue and black Biro off a cream leather sofa?
By Val from Tyne and Wear
This really works. I came home to find that my 5 year old had used a black Biro on our brand new leather settee. I took the advice and used Silvikrin hair spray and a duster. No more Biro marks. It did not stain the leather at all.
How can I remove Biro ink from my cream leather chair?
By Angie from Kent
How do you get ink off of leather furniture?
By Gloria from Kalispell, MT
Hello, first post. Read all the suggestions and recommend starting with mildest solvent first. Colored leather will be ruined with acetone/ nail polish remover. I am cleaning a Dooney now and a orange citrus cleaner seems to be doing well. Always apply in inconspicuous spot first and have another dry cloth/paper towel available so it doesn't get too wet or go the wrong way. WD-40 on a Q-tip / Chap-stick/ Spray-n-wash/ alcohol/ toothpaste (not gel) would be less chance of making the problem worse than the more aggressive solvents/abrasives.
Start with the Chap-stick or WD-40 before any solvents as this will minimize removing the thin protective coating on the leather making it more porous. Good Luck! (10/29/2010)
After many treatments, we tried everything from WD-40, skin so soft, soft scrub, spray-n-wash, alcohol, nothing worked until we tried the hair spray! Wow, did this ever work. Good recommendation. Thanks. (12/06/2010)
My 2 year old scribbled ink pen all over my off white leather furniture. I need to know how to remove the ink marks.
By ShantelMarie from Saint Augustine, FL
Try spraying hair spray on the marks. I have always heard that works on clothes. (11/19/2010)
This link will tell you step by step how to get ink off leather. I also read in the 'net that Goo Gone is good for getting ink off leather. I've never had leather furniture, so I can't verify its accuracy.
Plain old cheap hair spay, not spritz. I keep a can of cheap spray just for this purpose! (11/20/2010)
I've tried hairspray, rubbing alcohol and Murphy's Oil Soap. All three begin to remove the ink and the color of the leather! Now I have ink still on and light spots where it's removed the tan color of the leather. I stopped short of removing the ink as I'm going to end up with spots all over where the ink was. The ink is from my elderly mother using a pen to do word searches and not realizing she was making marks all over the arm! Guess I'll have to live with the ink as the light spots look worse. (01/26/2011)
If the leather is white or off-white, you can use rubbing alcohol with a Q-tip and it will not discolor the leather. I tried this after trying hairspray and perfume with no success. The alcohol worked very well for me, got rid of 100% of it. (01/26/2011)
How do you remove ballpoint ink from a brown leather sofa?
By Mary from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Have you tried hairspray? Sometimes that works. (10/28/2010)
The cologne method worked flawlessly! Maybe it's the alcohol, but the scent was a bonus! (11/12/2010)
My daughter has drawn with a Biro pen all over my cream leather sofa! How can I get it off?
How do I take ink out of leather?
My son wrote on my couch with a pen. What can I use to remove it without messing my couch up? The fabric is polyester.
A 2 year old wrote on a brown leather sofa, how do I clean ink off my sofa without fading the brown leather?
My son scribbled all over my brown leather ottoman with a black ink pen. I have tried Dawn and just plain soap and water. I need to get the stain completely out. What should I use?
How do you remove ink from a leather couch?
How do I take ink out of leather?
I have a brown leather sofa and two young boys who have put a number of "accidental" marks from an ink pen on it. I need to know an EFFECTIVE way of removing them, if it's possible.
I have a leather chair that is red. I had a blue Biro pen in my back pocket and sat down to eat. After getting up I saw that I had drawn on the red leather.