Q:

How do you get ink off a leather purse?

A:

Quick Answer

To remove an ink stain from a leather purse, determine the type of leather, clean the stain and let it air dry. If the leather is finished leather, use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. If the leather is naked leather, take the purse to a professional cleaner.

 Know More

Full Answer

  1. Determine the type of leather

    Determine whether your purse is made of finished leather or naked leather. Add a drop of water to the leather. If the water rolls off, it's finished leather. If the water soaks in, it's naked leather. Finished leather contains a top layer or coating that protects the leather from moisture. Naked leather, also called pure aniline leather, has no protective coating and is more absorbent. If the purse is made of naked leather, the ink is more difficult to remove. Take the naked leather purse to a professional cleaner.

  2. Clean the leather

    If your purse is made of finished leather, clean the leather yourself using cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. Apply the alcohol to a cotton ball, and gently rub the stain. Once you see ink coming off onto the cotton ball, use a new cotton ball to prevent re-staining the purse. Keep the work area small so the ink doesn't spread beyond the stain.

  3. Allow the purse to air dry

    Leave the purse out to air dry for a day. When it's dry, see if the ink stain is gone. If not, try cleaning the purse again gently, or take the purse to a professional cleaner.

  4. Apply leather conditioner

    Once the stain is removed and the purse is dry, apply leather conditioner to the purse to return moisture to the leather and to keep it smooth.

Learn more about Stain Removal

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you remove a dried-in ink stain?

    A:

    Removing a dried ink stain is a simple process that only takes a few minutes, although the fabric needs some time to dry. In order to remove a dried ink stain from your fabric, you need several dry cloths, access to water and liquid laundry detergent.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you remove ink from laundry?

    A:

    An ink stain on a favorite garment can be frustrating, but you can effectively remove them with just a few minutes of preparation and cleaning. Most of these stain removal supplies are already in your home, and include rubbing alcohol, hair spray and acetone.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do I remove a ballpoint ink stain from a white shirt?

    A:

    Remove ballpoint pen ink from a white shirt by applying rubbing alcohol to the stain and blotting with a clean white towel, according to About.com. If that doesn't work, follow with an application of foaming shaving cream, and repeat the blotting before laundering the shirt as usual.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do I remove pen ink without bleaching?

    A:

    Water-based ink stains can be removed by applying rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball to absorb the ink stain, according to COIT Cleaning. Permanent ink can be removed by applying acetone or nail polish remover to the stain area. Rub the stained area with shaving cream for ballpoint ink stains.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore