Finding ink on a leather couch, coat, car seat, chair, or any item of value is a nightmare. A single mark can literally ruin the look of an otherwise high-quality leather item. Try the following ways to remove ink on leather furniture. Not every method will work to remove the marks, but it is worth a try if the item is otherwise already ruined.
Do not use the following methods to remove pen or marker on pigmented leather. The color will be removed, and the ink might remain. When in doubt, try these methods in an inconspicuous area first to see if it changes the color of the material. Use commonsense, and consult a professional if necessary. Also, apply home remedies with a cotton swab and only on the ink stains since they can lighten and possibly damage the leather.
An Ink Stick is the Best Option
When professionals remove ball point pen or marker from natural or pigmented hide they use an ink stick. Visit a store that sells leather furniture and supplies, or shop online for an ink stick. The price is nominal considering the cost of real leather. Follow product label instructions for best results.
It is often possible to remove ink from leather using hairspray. Apply a generous amount of hairspray to the tip of a cotton swab, and apply it to the stains. Use soft, clean cloth dampened with leather conditioner to wipe it away. Repeat this process, if necessary.
Use Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Seventy percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol can work to remove ink marks from leather. Apply it to a cotton swab, and rub it on the marks. Apply leather conditioner to a soft, clean rag, and gently wipe it away. If necessary, reapply the alcohol until the marks are completely gone.
Gently Remove the Ink with a Magic Eraser
A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can work to remove ink stains. Dampen one corner of a Magic Eraser, and use gentle pressure on the marks. If they are not too deeply embedded it should work to remove them.
Use extreme caution when trying to remove stains. Not all leather can withstand chemical products such as alcohol. However, these methods to remove pen marks have saved countless natural hide from permanent stains.