How to Clean Ink Off Leather
Leather is prized for its durability and appearance, but some stains are difficult to remove. Ink stains are a common occurrence on leather purses and couches that can ruin the look of the entire item. The best way to combat stains is prevention---never sit on a couch with a pen in your back pocket and always place the cap back on a pen before slipping it into your purse. Yet when stains do occur, removing ink is possible with just a small amount of effort.
Dampen a soft white cotton cloth with rubbing alcohol. If rubbing alcohol is unavailable, substitute fragrance-free hairspray.
Rub the alcohol onto the ink. Pull the leather taut with one hand while rubbing with the other.
Wipe the area clean with a clean, water-dampened cloth.
Rub any remaining ink with alcohol a second time until the mark is completely gone then wipe clean with a water-dampened cloth.
Things You Will Need
- Rubbing alcohol
- White cloths
- Apply a cream or spray leather protector to inhibit future stains.
- Test alcohol in a hidden area first to verify color-fastness of the leather item.