How to get pen off of cream leather

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How to get pen off of cream leather
Keep your cream-coloured leather in top condition despite accidents. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Leather is an investment that any owner would like to keep looking like brand new for many years to come. However, accidents happen and sometimes your leather is soiled by things like pen ink. These accidents can be especially aggravating when you have cream-coloured leather, which will make any markings seem all that much worse due to the contrasting colours. However, if you have a few simple household items, you can take steps in repairing your leather in no time.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Washcloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • Isopropyl alcohol

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  1. 1

    Fill a small bowl with a drop of soap and 1 cup of warm water.

  2. 2

    Saturate a small portion of your washcloth with the soapy water. You don't need to soak the entire washcloth.

  3. 3

    Dab at the ink spot gently.

  4. 4

    Dry the cleaned leather with your washcloth, using a dry area of the cloth.

  5. 5

    Dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol.

  6. 6

    Rub at the ink stain gently. Make sure you are constantly turning the cotton swab -- and replacing the used cotton swabs -- so you are always rubbing a clean portion of the swab on the stain.

  7. 7

    Continue until all of the ink has been removed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unable to get an ink stain off your leather, seek professional help before continuing any cleaning attempts on your own.

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