Ink Pen on Leather Sofa!!!

Updated on June 07, 2010
A.G. asks from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Please help me if you know ANYTHING that can clean black pen marks on cream color leather sofa!!! I tried some chemical called " Goof Off" but it just smudged the ink and its hard on the sofa too. Please I will be grateful for your advice . Thanks all wise mamas!!

I have 3 boys and my toddler 2 years old is the artist.

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So What Happened?

dear mamas
thanks so much for all your advices. so far I rubbed my sofa with baking soda, hairspray and no luck... I am looking into some product from furniture store but so far nobody has anything...My sofa has big marks on 3 of my 6 sections so its pretty big job to get rid of it.
Is there anything special I should do with the hairspray? cuz it didnt do anything for me. My sofa is Ivory color so the pen is pretty visible.. :(

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answers from Tulsa on

I scrubbed my loveseat with comet and warm water and most of the red and black ink came off but it was very fresh and not really dry.

There was some that I missed that got dry. When it got dry it didn't come off well. It did clean off a lot but not all the way.

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answers from Denver on

One cup of baking soda with one cup of water. A little elbow grease and you will be amazed!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

My dog chewed a pen on my ivory leather couch about8 years back. I think hairspray finally did it.

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answers from Honolulu on

Call your local furniture/leather store and ask them.

Or try your local shoe repair shop...

You can also try "ink & stain" removers which professional pen shops sell. The brand is "Amodex." Its a good stain remover... which pen collectors use and it even removes ink stains from skin/fabric and other surfaces. Amazon, also sells it if you look online.

There is also this, from Amazon:

Or this:

Or, try rubbing alcohol... it removes ink/paint/stains from surfaces although I don't know about leather or how it will affect leather.

But I know that furniture stores, sell/carry leather care kits which also have stain removers in them.

good luck, we have leather too.

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answers from Austin on

saddle soap might do the trick...

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answers from Boise on

Try hairspray. Sometimes nail polish remover may work on some fabrics - be careful and test an inconspicuous spot first.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Hairspray, any brand just make sure it is a spritz not an areosol.

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answers from San Diego on

Rubbing alcohol... I think that's why hairspray works- but test a spot to make sure it doesn't damage the leather. I know someone who swore by woolite but I'm not sure that the formulas for woolite or ink are the same as they used to be (she worked in a printing facility many years ago).
Good luck!

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answers from San Diego on

Try Basic-H from Shaklee. We've gotten ink out of quite a few things! Plus, it's made from organic corn an coconut. No chemicals, completely safe for you and your sofa ;)

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