How to Get Ink Off Faux Leather

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When looking to remove a stain from fabric, it's important to choose the right methods and cleaning agents. Different kinds of fabrics can react in very different ways to the types of chemicals and methods you use and using the wrong kind can ruin the fabric. If you are looking to clean faux leather, however, you are in luck, as it is generally very easy to clean--much easier than real leather, in fact. Follow these simple instructions to remove an ink stain from your faux leather (sometimes called pleather).


Things You'll Need

  • Stained faux leather

  • Bucket

  • Water

  • Mild dishwashing detergent

  • Two soft rags

How to Get Ink Off Faux Leather

Step 1

Check the label first. Some faux leathers are treated with special dyes and finishes, and may need special care. Most faux leather furniture labels will tell you exactly how to clean the item.

Step 2

Get your cleaning materials ready. Fill a small bucket with some lukewarm water and just enough mild dishwashing detergent to get the water soapy. Mix the water and detergent mixture for a few seconds. Take the bucket and two soft cloths to the fabric to be cleaned.


Step 3

If necessary, place the fake leather fabric on a flat surface with the stain facing you. Wipe the area lightly with one of the cloths to gently dust the surface of any dirt or debris.

Step 4

Place the other cloth into the detergent and water mixture, and soak thoroughly. Wring most of the water from the cloth.

Step 5

Use the wet cloth to gently rub a small area of the fabric that isn't as noticeable, such as the back of the couch or the inside flap of a purse. Rub the area for about a minute and let the lather sit on the fabric for an additional minute. Now wipe the lather off using a dry cloth. You are testing the fabric to make certain the cleaning solution won't ruin the fabric. If the faux leather is still in good condition, continue to the next step.


Step 6

In the same manner, take the wet cloth and rub the stained area in a circular motion. Don't be too hard or rough; it may take longer, but light, gentle strokes are less likely to damage the fabric. Keep cleaning the garment, occasionally drying the area with the other cloth and checking your progress. You may need to clean or rewet the cleaning cloth occasionally. Continue until the stain is completely gone.

Step 7

If the stain won't come out, you may need a stronger cleaner. Most big-box stores and home improvement centers have a large selection of cleaning agents. Choose one that says it is safe to use on pleather, leather or vinyl. Remember to test the cleaning agent on a small, out-of-the-way area before you use it on the stain. You can also take the fabric to a professional cleaner.

Step 8

Dry the fabric completely and enjoy your faux leather again.


A little bit of perfume combined with a leather cleaner can also be used to remove ink from faux leather. The alcohol in the perfume will help remove the stain.


Don't let your faux leather piece get tired looking and dried out. Try using baby wipes to keep it looking fresh.