How to Get Ink Off of Leather Car Seats

February 1, 2024

Getting ink on your leather car seats certainly isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Ink stains can be removed with common household items like alcohol or hairspray, if the stain is caught quickly enough.

Rubbing alcohol, often sold as isopropyl alcohol, can be very effective at removing small ink stains from leather. Apply the alcohol to a cotton ball or lint-free cloth and use it to rub at the stain. Replace the cotton ball or cloth regularly to prevent re-staining the area and keep the cleaning process going until the ink has disappeared. If you don’t have isopropyl alcohol, you can also try using hairspray that contains alcohol. Make sure to test it on a hidden part of the leather first, so you don’t damage your seat.

You can also try rubbing a little non-acetone nail polish remover on the spot, but be careful not to overdo it as acetone can cause serious damage to leather. It’s best to use this only as a last resort, since it can dry out the leather and change its color.

If the above methods don’t work, you can always bring your seat into a professional to get it cleaned by a certified leather care specialist. They’ll be able to help you return your leather couch, chair, or handbag to its original beauty. They’ll even be able to treat it with a leather conditioner so that it stays soft and supple between treatments.

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