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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, 20106 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.

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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, 20086 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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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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The owner, Mark, first suggested applying plain Chapstick on the ink line and letting it sit for several days. It will gradually remove the ink. Remove the Chapstick. If there is still evidence of the ink, reapply the Chapstick and let it sit until the ink disappears. It worked! Remove the Chapstick with leather cleaner and apply a leather conditioner. I hope that it works for you.

By olendon from Naples, FL

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

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

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.

The interior of a car with brown leather seats.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

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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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.

By Mocha56 from Newport News, VA

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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 12, 20170 found this helpful

Hairspray or Magic Eraser can remove it. However, if you purchased it so recently, why don't you return it and get one in perfect condition?

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Nice that you found a used wallet that you like.

Try 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.

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 use this web site for info on how to remove many types of stains:

http://spotremo  ink-from-leather

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Hello, and thank for the advise. I can't return it, I bought it at Poshmark. And they have certain rules especially if the seller refuses to refund. I shouldv'e been more careful before purchasing this item.

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you for the advise, I wish that I could return it, but the seller refuses to refund. I bought at Poshmark.

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Hello, thank you for the advise, I will try those methods. hope it works. I had bought a solution called, Lift-off, but it didn't work at all. I wonder if a leather cleaner solution will work? I bought it as is at Poshmark. I shouldv'e have bought it at Macy's instead.

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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

Coconut oil. It will get it off. Rub on the area with the ink stains and then cover the entire area. Wipe with dry rag. Another solution is Murphys oil soap.

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June 7, 2011

How do I remove ball point ink from leather?

By nfeeney

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

Hair spray, spray thoroughly and wipe off ink.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Try rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. However it may take off the leather dye, too, so check first on an inconspicuous spot.

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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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July 8, 20160 found this helpful

I've been reading about people saying hairspray works. I just tried it, it took the color out of my leather sofa.
So sad

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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 13, 20050 found this helpful

beauty school secret... hair spray will break down ink or dry then blot it with a dry towel.works good on almost any material even carpet.

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June 15, 20050 found this helpful

if you jacket is white you can use hand sanitizer. If you have a darker jacjet try mr clean magic eraser or goo gone.

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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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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

How do I remove ink stains from leather?

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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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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 18, 20151 found this helpful

I swear by doctor power by JML I've had my white leather suite less than 2 weeks and little man accidentally got pen and felt tip on it. Doctor power removes it like magic. I've used it for years it cleans anything with no damage no house should be without a tub. I tried the so called ink leather cleaner sachet once and it actually damaged the leather. So no going back for me. Doctor power all the way.

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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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November 23, 20150 found this helpful

It worked ! thanks

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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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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

The reason hairspray is used for removing stains is because it has a high alcohol content. You could use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol in it's place. I don't think hairspray is particularly good for your hair.

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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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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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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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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 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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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)

By getgoing

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March 1, 20070 found this helpful

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

Marianna

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Ink Stain on Leather

the anit-bacterial gel did remove the ink mark off my green couch, although it took a layer of the leather off... now the couch is kindof peeling where I put the gel.. and you can notice a little discoloration.. but probably better than before with the ink stains... just be careful before you try this and maybe try on a spot in the back or something. (08/24/2006)

By Ben

Ink Stain on Leather

I just tried the anibacterial soap on an ink stain that was on my truck seat. It worked great! You can barely see it. (08/28/2006)

By Donna

Ink Stain on Leather

I used a combo of the anti-bacterial hand gel and hairspray to get almost all of the ball point pen ink stain off of my tan leanther sofa. Then, I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser soaked in hot water to finish the job. The hairspray seemed to also start to remove the grain of the leather, so I would use it sparingly and with caution. Thanks for all of your tips! 9/5/06 (09/05/2006)

By Stacy

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove ink marks from light brown leather?

By Lee from St Johns, FL

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Remove Ink From Leather

I had ink marks on a brown leather bag. I friend told me to use Dawn liquid dish detergent. I couldn't believe it. They came right off. Give it a try! (11/15/2009)

By TXBetty

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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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