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How to Remove Ink from a Leather Couch, Jacket, or Purse?

We understand, how much it’s frustrating for you to see your favorite leather couch going in vain! No one wants a patch on any room decor, especially when it flaunts our sense of aesthetics. Now that you have spilled ink on your leather couch, or jacket, or purse, removing it is at the forefront of your work. Undoubtedly, spilling ink on our purse is more likely to happen as we carry around pens in them. No matter where you have found the ink stains, with the right solutions, you can get rid of the problem. Compared to all, inks on the leather couch is a difficult pill to swallow because they can be somewhat stubborn. When you get yourself in this type of situation, it will be best if you try to clean up the area as soon as possible. The longer you leave the stains in, the harder they will become to remove.

Ruining our furniture is something we adults wouldn’t try unless accidentally. So if your newly educated kid is discovering stuff by writing on your white sofa, don’t get frustrated. I know it is awful enough but enough is enough. As soon as you find out ball pen ink on your couch, use soapy water or rubbing alcohol to take care of the area.


Materials and Tools to Use

Leather goods are expensive and need delicate care, that’s why when something like this occurs, we often end up shouting at our kids. Don’t overreact at it and instead, let’s find out what are the possible things that would help you get rid of that stain real quick.

  • Tissues
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Soft washcloth

Now collect all this stuff and we will let you know a few things before we begin with the cleaning process. Read the following section and keep these points in mind before going with the rest of the process.


You can use these remedies only on finished leather with a protective coating which will help in blocking the ink and won’t let it absorb completely. If your couch has no cover on or it is unfinished then it will deeply soak up the ink and to remove the stain, then you will require professional help. And to figure out whether your leather is finished or unfinished, drop a little water somewhere on the sofa where you wouldn’t sit and see if the water is rolling off or not. If the water rolls off your couch, then the leather is finished but if not, it is unfinished.

Also, you need to know what some ingredients determine how your leather will react to different cleaning methods. Incompatible ingredients and products can destroy your couch and you won’t be able to get rid of that damage easily. However, there are some safe ways to get rid of the stubborn ink stains from your couch.

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1- Use Your Hair Spray on the Stains

Believe me or not, hair spray has this special quality to remove many kinds of stubborn spots from leather things. Hair sprays come with this isopropyl alcohol that is also called simple rubbing alcohol. You can use this rubbing alcohol to remove the most stubborn stains from your leather furniture. However, manufacturers have reduced the isopropyl alcohol level from their products and that makes this product less effective than it was before.

You don’t have to search for rubbing alcohol in your house if you don’t have any. But your hair spray can do the trick. You can find the hair spray that comes with a higher alcohol level and you can clean your leather with it. However, before applying the alcohol directly on the ink spots, try to test the product by cleaning a little inconspicuous area on your sofa.

Spray the alcohol on the pen marks then and allow it to stay there for several minutes. After a few minutes, clean the alcohol with plain and cool water but make sure not to wet the surface. And after your cleaning is done, dry the place with a dry and soft cloth or paper towel. Moreover, if not link and other things like nail polish are spilled on your leather couch, you can apply this method to get rid of that stain.

2- You Can Apply Alcohol to the Stain

Alcohol is in many cases useful but you need to take care of the using methods as it can destroy your furniture very easily. As said before, you can try to remove ink from your leather couch with the help of rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl), or you can also use denatured alcohol, the one manufacturers use on nail polish removers. This method can be effective but if you think that it can damage your couch, don’t try it.  But you can start by applying the alcohol on a hidden spot before directly applying it to the stain.

You should apply the alcohol with a cotton ball and rub the product slightly on the ink spots. You will find the ink getting soaked up on the cotton ball, then the product is working. Also, don’t let the liquid linger too long on your leather couch after you apply the product.  When you rub the area with alcohol, make sure to blow a hairdryer on it to make sure it is okay.

3-Use Liquid Soap

Firstly, you can try to eliminate the ink color from your couch by applying a few drops of dishwasher soap. A mild liquid soap will work the best and you need to try to do test it first. Also, avoid using products with harsh chemicals and don’t scrub the area or some serious damages might occur. You should be gentle with the furniture as it is made of leather and could be very expensive for some people.

4-Home-Made Leather Cleaner

Sometimes home-made remedies are more effective than any manufactured product, that’s why you should check out what we got here. You can apply this method on the non-white leather couch but before that, make sure to do a patch test in a small area.

  • Some lemon juice
  • And some cream of tartar

Now you have to mix these two components into a paste and then apply that paste to the ink spots with a soft microfiber cloth. You need to apply the paste into the stain and let it sit there for a couple of hours. If the stain remains, you need to let it sit there for a few more hours to make it an effective remedy to your case. And then, you can clean the area with a little damp cloth and apply a leather conditioner on it ensures that the leather quality is controlled.

5- Home-Made White Leather Cleaner

White leather sofas tend to be more sensitive to harmful ingredients and to get rid of the odd-looking ink spot on your white leather, you can use this cleaner. However, I would always recommend you to do a patch test before you apply it all over to your ink stains on the white couch.

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

You need to prepare a spray bottle and mix the ingredients there and then spray the mixture on the affected area and leave it there for 5 minutes or so. Before wiping it off, make sure you applied the spray in the right places. You should find this remedy effective against the ink on your white leather couch.

6-Use a Manufactured Leather Cleaning Product

If these home remedies don’t help you remove ink from your leather couch, you can try manufactured leather cleaners if that help. They might be costly but I can guarantee you that they will not damage your leather quality. But you can try out the home cleaning solutions always after testing them on a small area before trying them directly on the ink stains. Here are the benefits of manufactured cleaning products:

  • They are tested and are safe to use for leather cleaning purpose
  • Those products may work better on hard stains
  • You don’t need to mix or measure anything to apply them on your ink spots

To remove ink stains from your leather couch, use Magic Eraser or Melamine foam but if it does not work, you can try to remove the ink from your leather with liquid cleaners. No matter what commercial product you use, always try to read their instructions before applying them to your furniture.

7-Take the Couch to a Dry Cleaner

If all these home-made remedies and products are useless to you, you can contact a professional who will help you get rid of the ink stains on your couch. Dry cleaners have more solutions to help you get rid of the ink stains from your leather furniture. So, do research on the local dry cleaner stores or ask your friends or family members to help you out with the solutions. Also, make sure to inform the professionals regarding any special care (if any) regarding your furniture.

So, these are the easiest and safest ways to Remove Ink from a Leather Couch. But if you have any other special suggestions, let us know them too in the comment box below.