How to remove permanent marker from patent leather

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How to remove permanent marker from patent leather
Removing permanent marker stains from patent leather can be tricky but it is possible. (Creative Crop/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Sometimes permanent doesn't always mean permanent. When it comes to permanent marker stains on patent (or finished) leather, this is definitely a good thing. While it can be a little bit of a challenge, removing permanent marker stains from patent leather is not impossible. In fact, with a little patience and time you can probably remove most permanent marker stains by using items that you may already have in your home.

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Things you need

  • Soap-based cleaner
  • Cotton balls
  • Tissues
  • Mink oil (or other leather-treating product)
  • Clean white cloth

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  1. 1

    Place a small amount of soap-based cleaner (such as Ivory) or Lysol spray on a cotton ball and colour-test it on the patent leather item from which you are removing the stain. Do this in an inconspicuous place on the leather item.

  2. 2

    Apply the soap-based cleaner or Lysol spray to the cotton ball and rub it gently on the area stained by the permanent marker.

  3. 3

    Dab the dry, clean tissue on the area as the stain begins to lift. Once dry, use another soap-based cleaner or Lysol-dipped cotton ball to work out more of the stain.

  4. 4

    Dry the area well with tissues once the marker stains have been completely removed.

  5. 5

    Apply a thin layer of mink oil to the cleaned area with a dry rag, wiping it and buffing it in slowly.

Tips and warnings

  • If the stain cannot be removed in this manner, consult a shoe repair shop. Many shoe repair shops can actually re-colour stains or marks on your patent leather items so that the areas match the colour of the rest of the item.

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