How can I remove some ink marks from my suede jacket?
By Joyce from Oak Park, MI
Just purchased a beautiful aqua suede jacket 2nd hand. Only problem... ball point pen ink at the collar. Tried the alcohol and it removed the ink like magic! Left a little "ring" after drying with dryer so I roughed it up a little with an emory board... one area was not dyed quite as deeply leaving a tiny white speck so I found one of my daughter's aqua markers and barely touched the area and presto! it's perfect! Best $8.25 I'll ever spend for a designer jacket that someone thought couldn't be "fixed"!
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I have an unlined "dry clean only" suede jacket with ball point ink lines on it (drawn by a toddler). Professional cleaners in my area don't believe they could get it out. Please help. Thanks!
If the pros won't try to tackle it you should try hairspray or Armor All. Just spray hairspray (the cheap kind in a can) on the stain and wipe it off with a clean rag. (08/15/2004)
By Anne H.
I saw on this site that Rubbing Alcohol would take ink out of a suede jacket. I tried it and amazingly it worked almost immediately. Just thought I'd let you know so that you can try it yourself! (10/22/2004)
I just bought a white suede coat and when I got it home I noticed an ink spot on the sleeve. It was the last one they had in my size, so I tried rubbing alcohol as suggested below, and it worked GREAT!
My wife has a white suede jacket that had a ink stain on the front and rubbing alcohol took it out right away with just some light rubbing with a cotton ball. What a lifesaver! (12/03/2005)
Rubbing alcohol with a cotton cloth worked at getting ink stains off my suede car seat...thanks for the advice! (05/28/2006)
I tried both suggestions. First, I used a cottonball with rubbing alcohol and then wiped with a Viva papertowel. I let it sit for about 15 minutes and then I dried it on cold with my blowdryer. That got a good amount of the stain out. For the remaining stain, I used a new emory board and it cleared it right up. Thanks for the advice!!! (10/27/2007)
I got green ballpoint pen ink the size over the size of a quarter and my couch is beige, I was about to cry! Luckily I found this on google! I first used a wet paper towel towel to get most of the ink out of my couch, then I got my hair dryer on low and dried it while rubbing a dry paper towel over it in circles. Got the rubbing alcohol rubbed it on the stain and blow dried it with the dry paper towel and if you have rings use a q-tip! (01/04/2008)
How can I remove a Biro ink stain from my suede jacket?
I got a bunch of ink marks from a pen on my good suede coat yesterday and I was so upset. I googled removing ink and found this site and the rubbing alcohol completely erased the ink from my coat. Thank you so much.
I can't see the answer to the Suede jacket problem. I'm guessing it's alcohol. Is it here, am I stupid?
Editor's Note: The feedback talks about using rubbing alcohol and hairspray (which is mostly alcohol) so I would start there. Be sure to leave feedback about how it worked. (10/13/2008)
Rubbing alcohol and Q-tip (to be able to rub a bit more briskly than a cotton ball) worked like a charm. (01/27/2009)