Asked on Jun 23, 2017

How do you remove ink from leather furniture?



I bought a rather expensive Smith Brothers genuine leather couch. My grandson, without my knowledge made a couple of ink pen marks on it and I don't know a safe way to get it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

11 answers
  • Ginny
    on Jun 23, 2017

    I have heard that a dab or two of rubbing alcohol will remove ink from some surfaces. I once used washing soda (NOT baking soda) on the sleeve of a white blouse that accidentally touched an ink stamp pad. Removed all of the black ink and saved and $50 blouse. Try one or both of the above on an area of leather that does not show before attacking the spot. Good luck.
  • Liz Toone
    Liz Toone
    on Jun 23, 2017

    These instructions are geared toward leather car seats, but I imagine it would work for your couch.
  • Julie
    on Jun 23, 2017

    Try a cotton swab or a q-tip ,dipped in rubbing alcohol. Or spray ink spot with hair spray don't let it dry though, and swap area lightly. Don't spread stain by rubbing BLOTTING stain is a better idea.Then use leather cleaner and conditioner . Repeat until all ink is gone. .Remember less is more don't oversaturate the stained area . Little at a time The longer the stain has time to set, the harder it is to remove, Good Luck
  • Shi13665433
    on Jun 23, 2017

    I would try a touch of nail polish remover but very little.
  • Claude
    on Jun 23, 2017

    Okay...try hand sanitizer a clear bottle, then rinse. I would not use stright alcohol or nail polish remover(acetone) because it's a living product. Hand sanitizer actually removed ink from my white burber carpet. Use a lean, soft WHITE rag. Like an old tee shirt, turn it often.
  • Joyce days
    Joyce days
    on Jun 23, 2017

    don't laugh but try shaving cream. It removed nail polish from my leather chair
  • Julie Boger-Rusaw
    Julie Boger-Rusaw
    on Jun 23, 2017

    hair spray is what I use on cloth and clothing. But I'd try a hidden spot 1st no matter what you try
  • Sue
    on Jun 23, 2017

    Go to a fine furniture store and ask them. They will also give you the name of a furniture doctor, if all else fails. Be careful with alcohol. An alcohol drink was spilled on my leather sofa and it left a bleach spot.
  • Pamela
    on Jun 24, 2017

    try Folex, Carpet And Spot Remover!!!!! This Stuff Is Great , About $ 6-7 At Home Depot. It Removes All Kinds Of Stains Including Ink.
  • Lavonne
    on Jun 27, 2017

    here are several ways:
    1. Spray the ink spot with hairspray. Let it sit for about a minute, but do not let it dry.
    2. Remove the stain with rubbing alcohol if hairspray does not work.
    3. Lift deeper-set ink stains with nail polish remover.
    4. Apply aerosol brake parts cleaner to deep ink stains.

    Just test on a hidden piece of the leather first!
  • Janice
    on Jul 1, 2020

    Here's some instructions from video.

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