How do you get ink out of leather?


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Clean ink out of leather by dabbing a cotton swab or white cotton cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol on the stain. Clean the stain as soon as you see it so that the ink has less of a chance to soak into the leather. Apply leather conditioner after the stain is no longer visible and the spot is dry.

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  1. Gather your supplies

    Go to the store and purchase a package of cotton swabs, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a container of leather conditioner. As an alternative to cotton swabs, use several white cotton cleaning cloths.

  2. Dip the cotton swabs in the alcohol

    Pour the alcohol into a cup and then dip the tip of the cotton swab or the tip of a white cloth into the alcohol.

  3. Dab the swab on the ink stain

    Dab the alcohol soaked swab or cloth on the stain until the ink begins to transfer from the leather to the swab. Use either a new swab, or a different part of the cloth, so that you don’t end up transferring the ink back to the leather.

  4. Apply leather conditioner

    Allow the spot to dry completely and apply a dab of leather conditioner to a clean cloth and rub it into the spot.

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