How to Remove Ink From a Leather Car Seat

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Leather interior on your car adds a luxurious appeal to the vehicle, but when there is an ink spot on the seat, it diminishes the appearance. Whether your toddler used the backseat as an art easel or a pen exploded in your back pocket, the ink doesn't have to become a permanent part of the seat. Remove the ink the right way to effectively get it off without compromising the integrity of the leather.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • Dampen a soft cloth with warm water. Gently wipe over the ink spot, removing as much as you can. Avoid wiping too hard or you risk harming the leather.

  • Moisten a clean, soft cloth with rubbing alcohol. Blot the alcohol onto the ink. Let it sit for 30 minutes to effectively dissolve the ink.

  • Blot up the ink stain with a clean, soft cloth. Apply more alcohol and continue blotting until the ink is gone.

  • Mix together 1 qt. of warm water with ¼ cup distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean, soft cloth into the vinegar mixture and wring it out well. Use the rag and vinegar solution to thoroughly rinse the affected area of the leather.

  • Wipe the leather with a dry, soft cloth to remove excess moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a leather conditioner after cleaning the leather. This will keep the leather supple and restore moisture that was lost while removing the ink.
  • Denatured alcohol -- which is usually available at drug stores -- can also be used to remove ink from leather seats if rubbing alcohol doesn't work. Be cautious, however; this is a stronger solvent and more likely to discolor the leather.
  • Always test the product you are using on an inconspicuous spot of the leather first. Test the alcohol by letting it sit in an inconspicuous spot for 30 minutes to check for color changes or damage to the leather.

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