Asked on Jun 30, 2020


MogieDeb KMaura White


how do you remove ink for gray leather?

15 answers
  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H
    on Jul 1, 2020

    Hi! Be careful with DIY methods as some will damage your leather or remove the color from it. If it won't come out, a professional may be needed since they have access to cleaners we don't. Hope this article helps! Good luck and stay safe!

  • William
    on Jul 1, 2020

    WD40. Cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. White toothpaste and a damp toothbrush.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Jul 1, 2020

    This article suggests a few ways to remove the ink:

  • Try a leather cleaner or make a solution with 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and dab it on and rub it off.

  • Flipturn
    on Jul 1, 2020

    What sort of ink is it that you want to remove from the grey leather?

    Do you know where it has come from?

    What is the grey leather item that is stained with the ink?

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jul 1, 2020

    Hello Yolanda,

    Use milk on a clean white cloth and gently rub in circles. It may take more than one application. If it is permanent ink - try a little Surgical Spirit on a cloth. Good luck!

  • K. Rupp
    K. Rupp
    on Jul 1, 2020

    Try a little salt sprinkled on the stain and gently rub with a rag that has a mix of dish-soap and water. See if you can get anywhere with that first.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jul 1, 2020

    I would use automotive leather cleaner. Then make sure to use a good conditioner afterwards.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jul 2, 2020

    Hello. I hope you find the perfect solution. I had leather stands on a yellow coach handbag I had trouble removing them. I got them to fade and then I use an acrylic touch up paint to try to disguise it further.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jul 3, 2020

    Try dove soap first the bar kind make a past rub it in good if not rubbing alcohol works but it might take color off the leather

  • Maura White
    Maura White
    on Jul 7, 2020

    Try isopropyl alcohol or hairspray!

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Jul 12, 2020

    Hello Yolanda, this should help you,

    First try putting some hairspray on a cotton swab, rib the area lightly. To remove the stain with rubbing alcohol if hairspray does not work. Apply the alcohol and rub the stain with a cotton swab, then follow with a clean, damp microfiber cloth. Repeat the process with a clean cotton swab.

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Aug 10, 2020

    Hi Yolanda, here's a quick and easy method, hope it helps you!!

  • Mogie
    on Aug 10, 2020

    Whether you’ve got a leather couch, a leather purse, or a leather jacket, chances are you run into an ink stain every once in a while. We carry pens in our purses 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.

    Determine whether your purse is made of finished leather or naked leather. Add a drop of water to the leather. If the water rolls off, it's finished leather. If the water soaks in, it's naked leather. Finished leather contains a top layer or coating that protects the leather from moisture. Naked leather, also called pure aniline leather, has no protective coating and is more absorbent. If the purse is made of naked leather, the ink is more difficult to remove. Take the naked leather purse to a professional cleaner.

    If your purse is made of finished 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.

    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.

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