If you own leather goods, you understand how frustrating it is when they are stained by ink splatters that are nearly impossible to remove completely. To prevent lasting discoloration, you should act immediately if ink hits leather from a burst pen or a leaked felt-tip marker. Ink can be removed from leather using many home remedies or DIY methods using ingredients you likely have at home, saving you time and money.
While you can't simply wash these items in the washing machine, there are simple ways to remove ink stains from leather. Please note that these methods have been used in the past and produced positive results. Different leather types may react differently to a DIY therefore we highly recommend you do a patch test.
Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Ink Stain From Leather
As with cleaning leather accessories to remove coffee, red wine, or ink stains, speed is essential because the longer stains set in, the harder they are to remove. Hence, it's vital to blot away as much ink with a clean, dry cloth as you can right away. Once the excess ink has been removed, you can use one of the following methods to get rid of the stain:
You could use vinegar to clean leather and get rid of that stubborn ink stain. Preparing a solution is as simple as mixing equal parts water and white vinegar. Use a clean cloth to wipe the stain after you have gently blotted it away.
You can then remove any vinegar odor with a mild detergent and tepid water mixture. It is important not to use too much liquid on the upholstery, since this can leave water marks.
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Ink stains on leather can also be removed with paint-on cuticle remover, which is commonly found in drugstores in the beauty section. After 24 hours, dab away with a white rag to reveal leather that is free of ink.
In order to remove ink from leather, start by using a mild liquid soap that you must have lying around in your kitchen or washroom. With a clean cotton cloth dipped in dish soap blot the ink stain. It is best not to use harsh cleaners based on solvents or to scrub the spot, as this may cause further damage. Wipe the affected area gently to remove any soap residue.
When a soapy rag fails to remove the stain, use rubbing alcohol. The ink can be removed by dabbing the stain gently with a Q-tip or white cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Make sure you don't overuse isopropyl alcohol, as it is a powerful cleaning agent and if not handled properly may damage your leather beyond repair. Apply leather conditioner to restore moisture to the affected area. Use a special leather conditioner that is specifically made for your leather type.
Use hairspray to saturate the stained area. Apply a little moisturizing soap and water immediately to clean up any spills. The stain can be removed with the help of a Q-tip or white rag soaked in an alcohol-based hairspray. Wait a few seconds, then gently blot the stain away. The ingredients of hairspray differ from brand to brand, and some may leave an unsightly stain on the leather. Hence you should be careful and check the ingredients before applying. Test a small area on an unconscious piece of leather. Always apply leather conditioner at the end of the process to restore leather texture.
There are a lot of special leather cleaners available in the market. No matter which leather type you’re dealing with, you’ll always be able to find the product specifically made for it. Read the instructions and see what’s the recommended procedure to use it. Apply it on the affected area using cotton or a piece of cloth. Rub gently in circular motions. Wipe it away using a clean and dry cloth. Let it dry completely and repeat the process if needed.
Another effective way to get rid of ink stains on leather is by using olive oil. This method is most effective on white leather. However, you can do a patch test for other leather colors. Add ¼ cup vinegar to ½ cup olive oil. Mix together into a spray bottle. Use it on the affected area and allow it to soak in for 5 – 10 mins before wiping with a damp cloth.