Stain Removal from Leather Furniture

Updated on February 10, 2010
H.B. asks from Warren, MI
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for removing pen marks from leather furniture? Thanks

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answers from Detroit on

Rubbing alchohol. Put a bit on a Q-Tip, cotton ball, or whatever you have and gently rub the pen off. Don't soak the cotton ball just enough to get it wet. If it's not enough add more but you don't want it too wet in order to avoid "wrinkling" the leather.

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answers from Saginaw on

Saw this solution yesterday on a different post (from 8/24/09):

"Elizabeth D. from Benicio, CA:
You may think this odd, but a proven solution for many things is WD-40 or even better is Break cleaner spray. If you ever have Sharpie on anything break cleaner will get it off with no scrubbing,then once you clean it, wipe it down again with a non-chemical cleaner to get the solvent smell off the furniture. I even got sharpie off a leather couch with it."

I think she means brake cleaner or brake parts cleaner - something my dad & my husband have in the garage? I'm not sure exactly what it is called but it is a solvent and will get rid of a lot of tough substances.

You might also try hairspray - for ballpoint pen that is my go-to. Works on regular fabric every time, but I'm not sure about leather. Good luck! Goo Gone and Magic Erasers are good suggestions, too.

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answers from Detroit on

u can try hairspray, fantastic, mr clean sponge, or nail poilish remover.



answers from Minneapolis on

Melaleuca has a product called Sol-u-mel that removes everything...permanent marker, paint, nail polish, EVERYTHING. I swear by it.



answers from Detroit on

hair spray, got it out of my carpet, should work on furniture.



answers from Jackson on

I haven't tried it but I heard that the Magic Eraser will remove marker from leather. It couldn't hurt. Good luck!



answers from Detroit on

Goo Gone worked great for us!



answers from Jackson on

If you're talking about ink, use hair spray--you can spray it directly on the leather, or on a cloth and then rub it right out. Works on laundry as well.



answers from Santa Fe on

Hi H.! I've used a product called Sol-U-Mel to clean pen marks off my leather furniture. It's an awesome natural cleaner that has no harsh chemicals or ingredients in it. Here's the deal. There's only one place you can get it, and you have to be a member to be able to shop there. Send me a message if you would like more info on how you can get it and I'll tell you more.



answers from Kalamazoo on

I haven't had experience with pen on leather but hopefully one of the suggestions here will do the trick. One thing I would remind you is to be careful! I know how it is to be desarate to get something out and then have the cleaner damage whatever you are working on...

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