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I have a few places on the outside of my leather purse where I accidentally put ink lines. The ink lines are visible and have been there for about one year. I tried a few times to remove the ink but to no avail.
What can I do to remove the ink without ruining my purse?
I have had the most success using a magic eraser or dipping a q-tip with alcohol.
Both of these seem to work better (for me) than hairspray which sometimes removed/changed the color.
My son uses saddle soap (found in almost all shoe departments of Walmart type stores) on his leather boots and this seems to work for a larger area but this also conditions the leather so it might also be worth a try.
Try to rub lightly as even rubbing hard with a magic marker can/may remove some of the color.
Let purse dry and determine if you need to retry one method before going to another solution.
It seems one point to remember with any solution you try is to test a small inconspicuous area before attempting the "seen" areas.
I always finish the cleaning routine by applying a leather conditioner to the spot - using a clean towel.
Even leather cleaners/conditioners from the auto department have worked for me.
I have a medium tan soft leather purse; there's blue ink scattered on back of purse and bottom. How do I remove the ink without ruining the purse?
By squirrel from Uniontown, PA
Try rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. I got red pen on my new coach purse. They told me to use their cleaner. I had some under the sink, its pure rubbing alcohol. It came off right away. Test the purse first on the bottom to make sure you wont damage the color or leather.
Try hair spray if it hasn't been there too long. Test it on the bottom first, but I've had good luck with it.
I had an expensive Fosil purse with a ballpoint pen mark. I got it off with a dampened cloth and Dawn dish detergent. An older friend told me this. I was afraid it would leave a water stain but it didn't.
Don't use hairspray! While it has a high alcohol content, the other ingredients could stain the leather. How to clean the purse really depends on the type of leather it is (see below). The instructions below have helped me and I hope they help others, as well!
Types of Leather:
Types of Ink:
Isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol, works best for home removal of ink stains from leather. Fresh ink stains are easier to remove and usually come out easily, while older stains may require repeat treatments. Leather is porous and the stain can penetrate deep into the hide.
Begin by dampening a white cotton cloth or cotton swab with the alcohol. Dont use a colored cloth because it can transfer dye to light colored leather. Work from the outside of the stain toward the middle by dabbing with the cloth. Keep the work area small do not spread the ink into a bigger area.
You should be able to see the ink transfer to the cloth. Dampen a clean area of the cloth or get a new swab as you see ink coming off to prevent re-staining the garment. Gently, keep blotting away until the ink is gone. Do not scrub harshly as that can remove color and a layer of the leather.
Allow the garment to air dry after or between treatments. Once the ink is removed, treat garment with leather conditioner to help it remain supple and smooth.
Old Wives Tales & Myths:
There's a million blogs and tips about using hairspray, dish detergent, laundry soap, mayonnaise and abrasive erasers to remove ink from leather. Yes, someone from somewhere has had success using these methods, but they cant be recommended.
The most common misconception is using hairspray, which contains high alcohol content, but the other ingredients in the spray can cause staining and other problems. Use it ONLY in an emergency on a fresh ink stain.
The abrasive erasers will probably remove the ink but theyll also remove a layer of the leather. So, youll need to decide if you want a stain or a hole.
I just wanted to mention that I tried the rubbing alcohol on a blue ballpoint pen ink stain on a brown leather handbag and it unfortunately faded the color of the leather but left behind the ink. So, I would definitely recommend testing the rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area first before trying it on the stain. I'm going to try the Dawn method suggestion, and if that doesn't work, I'm taking it to the dry cleaners.
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What can I use to get ink off my light pink leather Coach purse?
By omie from Oak Lawn, IL
|I need to clean ballpoint ink off my leather purse.|
|Removing Ink From Leather Purse||09/28/2004|
|Try the Mr. Kleen Magic Eraser - it's like a miracle magic wand for cleaning. I can't believe all the stains it has removed. Good luck|
|Removing Ink From Leather Purse||09/30/2004|
|By Shirley (Guest Post)|
|Removing Ink From Leather Purse||12/01/2004|
|Unfortunately, because leather is extremely porous, any solvent you chose runs the risk of damaging the outside finish, or flushing the ink color into a big blotch on the leather. Since the mark is on the inside I would leave it. However, you may contact the Tandy Leather Compnay in Fort Worth for advice. Using a very small amount of alcohol, or acetone, followed by aggressive pressure and blotting may remove most of it, but will cause the stain to bleed. Be careful, and seek out a professional. Coach is worth it.|
|By Darrell (Guest Post)|
|Removing Ink From Leather Purse||09/24/2005|
|Hi, I am no expert of course, but what about trying an Armour-All wipe? Good Luck!|
|By shesbertsernie (Guest Post)|
|Removing Ink From Leather Purse||04/27/2006|
|Mr. Kleen Magic Marker does not work, at least it didn't for me.|
|By Dyanne (Guest Post)|
How can I remove ball point pen ink from a leather purse?
By Linda from Carlisle, PA
Hairspray removes ink pretty well. But on a leather purse, I'd be really careful. Try spraying hairspray on a cotton swab, then test it by swabbing it on a tiny, non-visible part of the leather to make sure it doesn't get damaged. Then if the leather doesn't get damaged, test it on a tiny part of the purse where the ink is. The hairspray has to be wet to work, I believe; so you'll have to refresh the cotton swabs as you're doing it. (10/31/2010)
I got ballpoint pen marks off one of my leather purses with Dawn liquid dish detergent. The spot looked dark from the water, but it when it dried in a few minutes the ink was gone. (10/31/2010)
How do I clean ink marks off of a light tan soft leather purse?
By Dorothy from Houston, TX
I would try one of those magic erasers, I think they're made by Mr. Clean. They've worked very well on ink stains for me. (08/22/2010)
How do I remove a pen mark from a red leather bag? I tried alcohol and it took the color off.
By June from NY
Have you tried a baking soda paste? (08/06/2010)
I got ink on my nice leather bag. How do I remove it?
I just read this tip on the 6/15 Newsletter and thought I'd pass it along in case you didn't see it.
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. The owner, Mark, first suggested applying plain chap-stick on the ink line and letting it sit for several days. It will gradually remove the ink. Remove the chap-stick. If there is still evidence of the ink, reapply the chap-stick and let it sit until the ink disappears. It worked! Remove the chap-stick with leather cleaner and apply a leather conditioner. I hope that it works for you!
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