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Getting Ink Out of Leather

Hi. My 3 1/2 yr. old daughter decided to write on my back seat in the car which just happens to be tan leather! I almost had a heartattack when she showed me today by saying "taaa daaaaaaaaa" like she was proud of her artwork! So does anyone know how to get this out by any chance???? I appreciate any suggestions and will try them all!

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Hi E., My name is M., a mother of three grown children. I had great sucess with getting ink out of many fabrics by using rubbing alcohol. Use a soft cloth or cotton ball soaked with the alcohol and rub well, should remove all the ink. If need be try a couple of times. Good luck

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E.,
cheap hair spray will usually get ink out of anything. Also you could try one of those magic clean eraser they seem to work great. Thanks M.

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I heard that you can get ink out of anything by using hairspray - then wipe it clean with a soap and water to get the stickiness. It is worth a try. :)

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I found this on the web
ALCOHOL:
Rubbing alchohol will take out the ball point pen. Put it on a soft
cloth and rub gently.

I worked for a Lexus dealership and for the leather interior we used Pampers babywipes to get ink stain out of the Leather. It's non-abrasive.

Good luck

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I don't know what kind of ink it is, but RainX works on some kinds, and it also takes crayon off carseats. The rainx that works is the one that goes on the windshield, not the cleaner or defogger. Good luck!

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I heard that you can get ink out of anything by using hairspray - then wipe it clean with a soap and water to get the stickiness. It is worth a try. :)

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Try some cologne or acetone (in fingernail polish remover). Make sure you test s spot first as it can take the color out of the leather if you scrub at it!

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E.,

Hair spray does wonders for getting out ink. Spray it on and wipe right away with a damp cloth. It may may take several sprays, but it works. Also, you can tru Goo gone or goof off.

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E.,

I have always used hairspray, but never on leather. So, I did a search to see what other's would recommend- and it seems that it is the alcohol in the hairspray that works on ink. Based on the feedback of others online, using alcohol on leather seems to work without damaging the leather. Check out this link for more info: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=291958

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Try murphys oil mixed with water and wipe down, it wont ruin yout leather, yes the kind for wood floors but on the back off the bottle there many other uses for it, I clean my inside of my car with it all the time:-)
If that doesnt work Pine sol and water has been a miracle cleaner--it took kool aid and red hot out of my carpet!
Good luck, and maybe have her help you so she knows not to do that again.

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Hi E., My name is M., a mother of three grown children. I had great sucess with getting ink out of many fabrics by using rubbing alcohol. Use a soft cloth or cotton ball soaked with the alcohol and rub well, should remove all the ink. If need be try a couple of times. Good luck

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Those white Magic Erasers..by Mr Clean I think. Those get out everything...even permanent marker on our tan suede couch!!

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E.,
cheap hair spray will usually get ink out of anything. Also you could try one of those magic clean eraser they seem to work great. Thanks M.

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If all else fails, you could LIGHTLY use a Magic Eraser, on it. I had to do this on my leather couch after my toddler did the same thing, but it did slightly alter the color. But, nothing else worked and it looks a lot better then the pen all over it! Make sure you use a good leather conditioner afterwards!
Good luck,
J.

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I have used hairspray. It can't be the good stuff though. The cheaper the better.

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E., you might want to try those spot cleaning sponges. Try them on an area that is not as noticeable if possible first to see if it works and make sure it doesn't ruin the leather.

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Art Van has a leather cleaner that is incredible!

GL:)

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Try hair spray. I know hair spray gets ink out of cloth....

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Try D Solve It which can be purchased at Wal-Mart or hardware store. It is the best cleaner I have ever found!! Used it on tar that was on carpet of truck floor and came right off. Have even used it on my hair and legs when I got pine sap on me from trimming trees. It is a all natural product and no need to even wear gloves. Don't know if it will work for sure but worth a try. Good luck!

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The best way I know Is plain old rubbing alcohol. Use it straight from the bottle with an old ruff washcloth or rag. hope this helps. Good Luck. K. G Allen Park

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Try magic eraser.. It took sharpie marker off the wood dining rm table for us. It does take the shine off things but I think its the best. You could try it on the side or under the seat first to test it.. But he has worked wonders in our house from my artist of a 2 yo...lol

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If you haven't already hit it with water (unfortunatly that sets the ink) hair spray gets ink off of almost anything.

When my daughter was 3, she got ahold of a red ink pad and a heart stamp - she had 5 mins of being quiet and had stamped the walls around the whole family room, down the hall and into my bedroom. When I found her on my bed, she was covered in ink. The hairspray got it all out.

You may want to try a small spot first to make sure it won't discolor or ruin the leather.

Good Luck!!!

K.

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Wax paper and a quarter! Lay the wax paper (sticky side down) over the crayon marks, then rub the edge of the quarter on the backside of the wax paper (just like scratching off a lottery ticket). The wax from the crayon crayon should come up on the wax paper. Hope this helps!
D.

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E.,

If all of the other suggestions don't work, and I hope they do, I would try a baking soda paste.

Mix enough water with baking soda to make a paste and rub it lightly on the marks. They should come off, but it may take some elbow grease and reapplications. I don't know how it would affect your leather seat.

Good luck.

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I would go to a furniture store like Art Van and see if they sell a leather cleaning kit. A friend of mine had this happen on her leather sofa and she used something like that and it came out great!! Good luck!!

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There's only one way I know of to get permanent ink/marker/paint off of ANYTHING and that's Sol-U-Mel. It's made by Melaleuca, Inc. who I buy all my cleaners from and it's naturally based - so no harsh chemicals! Can you say MIRACLE! This stuff is better than sliced bread for anyone who has small kids or pets! I think the effective ingredient in it is Melaleuca Oil (also known as tea tree oil) so you could try that instead but I've never tried the off brand kind that's usually mixed or cut with other ingredients so I'm not sure if that works the same. Happy Cleaning! It really does work!

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You'll want to test this is a discreet place first (because it may alter the colour)... but aerosol hairspray, aerosol furniture polish and butane lighter refill will all work (it's the butane, not the hairspray or the furniture polish that works)... that's a solvent for most inks. The problem is that it's a solvent, and may damage the leather.

A friend's son did this with a Sharpie marker on their leather couch. She got to confront her hypocritial response in a very uncomfortable way, being a person who is very much 'above all that' when it comes to thinking material things are important.

Another friend's son, when he was in kindergarten, wrote his name with a rock on the side of their brand new car. His name is Ed or Rob or something, and his parents were horrified... but not quite so horrified as they were when his little sister decided to do the same thing to 'her' side of the car -- her name is Alexandria. Nice paint job... ha ha ha! They didn't bother getting it repainted, expecting to own it for a long time, by which time they're hoping it will be scratched or dented or wrecked by some bad driver, so it won't affect the value when they sell it.

Of course, little kids are so helpful - they give us all kinds of physical instructions like 'don't leave pens where I can reach them when I'm in the car...' <grin>

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I have leather furniture in my home. I have a leather cleaning kit from Art Van. In the kit is a cleaning pen to remove ink from leather. I have used it with success. It has only been a few marks tho and followed up with the cleaner that is also in the kit.

Good Luck with little Picasso!

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I have leather furniture and my 3 yr old used to do this too, you can buy a stick that is made especially for pen marks for leather furniture, mine came in a kit with the leather cleaner and moisturizer--if you can't find at a department store then I'd try a furniture store-they can get you one--and they do work! Good luck!

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I know I have used lift off. you can find it at lowes ect. it has 3 different products and you ust have to find the one that says ink on it. it has worked for me. We have used all 3 products. hope it can get it out.

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My girls did the same thing on our tan leather car seats. I took the car into the dealership to ask them; they said nothing. With time, the ink marks have gone away though.

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If Alchohol does not work, then you would probably want to call a professional like Hagopian. While I realize you think of them for homes and upholstery, they can do car upholstery too. They have licensed technicians that spend countless hours in school learning techniques. I know, my brother in law works for them. I would try the alcohol first though-just make sure if you do try it you tell them you used it.

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I used hairspray on my tan leather and it faded the area. However i did scrub hard....

I would try hairspray... the cheaper the better.(like aqua net or white rain)It works wonders for ink on clothes, just spray it before you wash the clothes and the ink comes out every time. I would try just a little on 1 spot and wipe away with a paper towel and see if that works. Good Luck!

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