How to Get Ink Stains Out of Leather Seats

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How to Get Ink Stains Out of Leather Seats
Keep your leather seats looking fresh by removing ink stains. (Smart leather sofa on marble to a floor image by terex from

Even if you are very careful with your prized leather furniture or car interior, accidents happen. In one instant, the perfectly harmless pen you carry around in your pocket could burst, getting ink all over the beautiful leather upholstery. All is not lost, however. Although time consuming, removing ink stains from leather is possible with only a few everyday products from your home. Get rid of unsightly ink stains on your leather sofa, car seats or chairs.

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Things you need

  • Non-acetone nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball
  • Hairdryer
  • Leather cleaner and conditioner
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Dampen a cotton ball with non-acetone nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.

  2. 2

    Rub over the ink-stained area in a gentle circular motion until the ink is removed. If ink remains, wet another cotton ball and repeat the process until the ink is gone.

  3. 3

    Dry the clean area with a hairdryer set on the "warm" setting.

  4. 4

    Apply a combination of leather cleaner and conditioner to the area with a soft rag. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions when applying any type of leather cleaner.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not try to rub the excess ink off with a towel or with water. This will smear the ink stain and grind it into the leather.
  • Use the hairspray method if you do not have non-acetone nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. Spray the ink-stained area with aerosol hairspray, then wipe it away immediately. Repeat this until the ink is removed.

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