How to Remove Pen Stains From Leather

Megan Richardson

There are many instances when pen ink can end up on leather material. Pens can fall onto a leather couch, or pen caps may fall off, leaving a pen bleeding ink inside a leather purse. Ink stains must be treated quickly and carefully so that the leather does not become damaged.

Spilled ink can be difficult to remove from leather.
  1. Place a few paper towels over the pen stain to absorb as much ink as possible.

  2. Dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol.

  3. Rub the cotton swab over the stain. If alcohol does not clean up the stain, try an alternative treatment as in the next step.

  4. Dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover. Rub it over the ink stain until the stain comes out.

  5. Dip a soft cloth into leather polish.

  6. Rub the cloth in a circular motion over the area where the stain was to restore the quality of the leather.