How to Get Ink Out of Leather
Ink can get into leather items in many ways. It might be from a pen leaking in a handbag, ink from a printer cartridge on a leather office chair, or a child drawing on a leather garment. But don't worry; there are multiple ways to handle this, and we'll look at some of the best solutions below.
Several easy steps can resolve this successfully.
Step 1. Check the Size of the Stain or Stains
Don't panic. Remember, you can remove even very stubborn ink stains if you are careful. If there is one large stain, treat it like any other large stain. If there are multiple smaller stains, deal with them individually.
Step 2. Use Tried and Tested Methods to Clean the Ink Stain
There are many safe methods to remove ink from leather, and we've listed them below. You don't need to try all these methods in order. Just choose the ones that seem most convenient or use products you already have.
Use Alcohol to Gently Rub the Stain
Put alcohol on a cotton ball, flannel, or cloth. Gently rub it in a circular motion into the leather to help fade the stain. Focus only on the stained area to prevent damage to the surrounding leather. After rubbing, wipe off any leftover alcohol or ink with a cloth.
Gently Scrub with a Toothbrush
If alcohol doesn't work, try gently scrubbing the stain with a toothbrush. Use the same circular motions. A soft-bristled toothbrush is best to avoid damaging the leather.
A Paste of Baking Soda and Water
If the stain persists, try a baking soda paste. Mix baking soda with water and apply it to the stain. Leave it for a few minutes, then remove it with a brush or cloth. You can repeat this a few times if necessary.
Apply a Mild Soap Solution to the Stain
Blot the ink with a tissue or cloth. Then, apply a mild soap solution and rub it into the stain until it disappears. Gently dry the area with a cloth afterward.
Gently Rub With Perfume or Nail Polish Remover
Perfume or nail polish remover can also work. Apply it to a cotton ball and dab the stain gently until it fades.
Dab the Ink with White Vinegar
For softer leather items, like handbags, consider white vinegar. Dab it on with a cloth. Always test a small area first to ensure there's no discoloration.
Spray Hairspray Directly on the Stain
Many find hairspray effective for ink stains on leather. Spray it directly on the stain, wait about five minutes, then wipe it clean.
Step 3: Condition the Leather
Proper care can significantly extend the life of your high-quality leather items. This includes aftercare following stain removal. Applying a leather conditioner to your bag, chair, or any affected item helps keep the leather soft and supple. It also prevents discolouration and premature hardening.
If any ink stain remains, treat the area with leather conditioner. This can draw out any residual ink, making it easier to wipe away later.
Regular maintenance is key for high-quality leather goods. Although it requires some effort in the short term, it's well worth it. Over time, you'll see the benefits in the leather's appearance and durability.
Step 4. Buffing and Polishing the Leather
Buffing leather involves high-speed rubbing, similar to polishing. Choosing to buff your leather item keeps the material soft, enhances its appearance, and adds shine.
These steps outline how to care for leather items and address ink stains. There are many methods, and no single one is universally "correct." Experiment to find the approach that works best for you.
Author: Seuruyalvi - Chief Designer
My name is Seuruyalvi, as the chief designer at ZORNNA, I am responsible for overseeing the creative direction of the brand, from conceptualization to final product design.
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