Cleaning Pen Marks off Leather

Updated on July 21, 2009
N.M. asks from San Jose, CA
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I feel like this is a long shot, but maybe someone can help...

A little boy at church yesterday scribbled with pen on the cover of my husband's leather-bound bible. Does anyone know how I can get the marks off?
Thanks for any help!

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J.E.

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haven't tried it yet but it seems to get everything else clean including leather shoes!?!? But you might want to try the magic eraser, i swear by it it even takes crayon off the wall!

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D.D.

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cheap hairspray followed by some good leather conditioner

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T.D.

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Maybe try one of those Mr Clean Magic Erasers. They surprising get pen marks off of lot of things. Good Luck!

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J.E.

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No problem!!! The company I represent makes a product that literally wipes away permanent markers as if it were watercolors. I personally have removed Sharpie marker from linoleum, hardwood floor, and other surfaces. I don't see why it wouldn't work on leather. Contact me and I can share more about this and the other environmentally friendly products I represent for this company.

C.C.

answers from Fresno on

I have used baby wipes to clean our leather couch. The trick is to get to the ink as soon as possible. Good luck!

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H.D.

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Ouch...I think I would call a leather shop, see what they recommend.

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D.R.

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Suggestion call the bible store. Ask them. I'm sure they have been asked that question.

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A.T.

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The mildest thing you can try is baby oil or vaseline on a Q-tip - trace over the ink lines with light pressure and swap to a clean Q-tip when the ink starts to soak into the cotton.
DO NOT USE HAIRSPRAY, 409 cleaner, or bleach!
You can also try rubbing alcohol - BUT it may take some of the color out of the leather - so test it in a hidden spot first. ( use the q-tip or cotton ball technique)
You'll have better luck if it was a ball point pen and not a marker.
I sold leather sofas for 10+ years and had to remove a lot of crazy stains from the floor models ;)

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J.C.

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Is it ball-point pen? If so, I would also suggest hair spray. But I'm also concerned about what the hairspray may do to the leather.

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P.W.

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Be careful what you use, maybe try something first on an inconspicuous place, if there is one, because a bleached-out spot on the leather will look worse than a pen mark.

I've learned to let things have a little "patina" sometimes -- the visible signs of life and use on an object can make it look more interesting.

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