Whether you’ve got a leather couch, a leather bag, or a leather jacket, chances are you run into an ink stain every once in a while. We carry pens in our bags and write lists while lounging on the couch, right? The good news is, ink stains on leather can be removed. The sooner you discover the stain, the better, as more recent ink stains are easier to handle. Whether you’re working with leather ink stains on suede, vinyl, or smooth leather, the stain removal process is the same. After reading this article, you will learn how to remove ink from leather. Ink stains are usually more challenging to remove when compare to protein-based stains that produced by animal products.
You should understanding what methods work and what to stay away from. Nevertheless, it is the starting point to eliminate those stains. Since the composition of fabric and surface differs a lot, different materials need different approaches to prevent leading to damage. As with every ink stain removal, use them on the not-so-obvious area instead of trying them on the surface of your leather product, ensure that it will not bring about any severe damage.
Steps: How To Remove Ink Stains On Leather
- Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.
- Perform a “spot test” before attempting to remove the ink stain. Find a part of the leather that is relatively hidden to see the effects beforehand. Apply the cotton ball with rubbing alcohol onto a small portion of the leather, and let it sit for 10 minutes (you shouldn’t encounter any problems, but it’s always good to perform this spot test beforehand just to be sure.)
- Apply the cotton ball with rubbing alcohol onto the leather ink stain. In a circular motion, gently rub the affected area, using a circular motion. Do not scrub. You should begin to see the ink stain gradually disappear.
- Using leather conditioner, apply a small amount to the affected area. This will bring back moisture and shine.
Sad to say, ink stains are hard to remove and permanent on some suede and some leather products. Don’t throw away your ink-stained leather first; there are some secret techniques exist actually. They might not work well in every case. However, they are undoubtedly worth a shot, just make sure it won’t cause any serious damage. Use a cleaner and leather conditioner to the ink stain after consulting the manufacturer. These differ from item to item, so make sure to verify the guidelines before applying. To make sure no damage will happen, try to test on a hidden part of the leather product first. Let your leather product to air-dry, and after that use a different application of the leather conditioner and cleaner.
Video: How To Get Rid Of Ink Stains On Leather
Stain removal professional, Susan Goms will show you a safe and sound technique to remove stain from leather in the video above. By the way, rub gently and be careful or your leather product could be damaged.
Alternate Methods On Removing Ink Stains From Leather
If the rubbing alcohol isn’t working, you can attempt a few other methods.
If you’re trying to remove an ink stain from a leather couch, try using a white eraser directly on the stain. A White Magic Eraser tends to work very well. Depending on the type of ink and how long the ink stain has been there, this may remove or lighten the stain.
Though you can use hairspray for other types of ink stains, do not use hairspray to get ink out of leather. Though hairspray does contain alcohol, the rest of the ingredients will damage the leather.