Depending on the type of leather and ink, it is possible to remove ink stains from leather without professional cleaning services. Suede leather must be dry cleaned by a professional specializing in the material, but consumers can clean ink from vinyl faux leather and smooth leather.
Removing permanent ink with any cleaning agent damages the leather; however, removing ball point pen ink and felt tip marker ink with isopropyl alcohol produces the best results. The only way to fix a permanent ink stain is to dye the leather to match the color of the ink. To clean the leather, dampen a white cotton swab or cloth with the alcohol and dab from the out edges of the stain towards the center.