How Do You Remove Pen Marks From Leather?

To remove pen marks from leather, put rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and gently rub it over the stain. Once the ink is removed, clean the area with a damp cloth and recondition the leather. As a last resort, a commercial leather cleaner can be used.

  1. Use alcohol

    Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a clean, white cotton ball. Gently rub the cotton ball over the stained area; do not scrub as this could damage the leather surface. Use fresh alcohol and new cotton balls to remove the stain without spreading the ink. Never use a colored cloth for removing ink, as the dye from the cloth could transfer and stain the leather.

  2. Clean the surface

    Once the ink has been completely removed, clean the treated area with a soft, clean, white cloth. Remove all the alcohol and allow the leather to dry completely before adding leather conditioner.

  3. Condition the leather

    Use a leather conditioner to restore the finish to the surface of the leather. It may take a few applications on the cleaned area to restore the original color of the leather. Allow the conditioner to dry between coats.

  4. Try commercial leather cleaner

    If rubbing alcohol does not remove the ink stain, a commercial leather cleaner can be used. Commercial leather cleaners can be bought at shoe stores and hardware stores.