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How to get rid of ink stains from a faux leather purse or clothe?

June 11, 2013 — 6 Comments

I have to say that faux leather is much more “cleaning” friendly than real leather. With faux leather; you are going to spend less time and fewer efforts to clean it, whereas real leather stains and spots can be very difficult to get rid of.

One of the most recurring incidents is having ink stains on faux leather purses or clothes, at first it may seem like a very daunting and difficult problem, but the truth is that getting rid of the ink stains is very easy when it comes to faux leather.

Always use good Applicator Sponges to clean your faux leather items.

This is what you are going to learn in this post, how to efficiently and easily get rid of ink stains from faux leather objects, just follow these steps:

The first thing you must do when the ink stains occur to not panic.


Most people would take a wet cloth and start immediately rubbing the stained area hoping that it would go away!

Sometimes, they may think that applying alcohol or nail polish remover is going to solve the problem, when in fact it is going to make things worse!

So, the first step is to always avoid doing more harm to your faux leather purse or object.

The second step is to use a dry cloth with a vinegar solution.

This is one of the best ways to get rid of ink stains, it is very affordable and most people have got vinegar at home.

So, take two tablespoons of warm water and mix them with one tablespoon of white vinegar, then soak a double folded dry cloth and apply the vinegar solution to your stained area.

Use this as many times as required, vinegar is both very strong on the ink stains and will also clean dust and other dirt very easily.

However, using vinegar can be a little tricky because it has got its own smell, to get rid of this “nasty” smell, you should apply a little bit of perfume on the treated area.

This may look like a very simple technique, but it does really work and will give you amazing results very quickly.

If the stains are too concentrated for the vinegar to get rid of, then you need to apply the big guns, you need to use alcohol with them.

Here is a very safe way to use alcohol for cleaning ink stains on your faux leather purse:

Don’t use alcoholic beverages, they are going to stain your purse more, instead use pure alcohol and mix it with two tablespoons of warm water, so one tablespoon of pure alcohol and two tablespoons of warm water.

Then use the same process as with the vinegar.

This is how you get rid of ink stains from your faux leather objects, if you know other ways, please share them in a comment below.

6 responses to How to get rid of ink stains from a faux leather purse or clothe?

  1. Thanks a lot for yourr post, enjoyed every bit of it, it was really helpful, now the ink has gone and i feel good again.

  2. hi, i got this leather bag for my mum and it had a gummy gum stain on it and i decided to use acetone to remove the stain and the stain did go out but the bag is red and now has a white patch where the stain used to be but no red stain came out on the cotton wool that i used with the acetone, please how do i get rid of the whitish patch? thank u.

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner November 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment. From what you have describe, I can say that you still have some gum on the bag, try to put it in the freezer for three hours and then scratch the remaining gum. If this doesn’t help, then use mink oil to clean it thoroughly, and if it doesn’t work, then your only hope is to dye the tainted part again.
      I know that this is very difficult, but you must try every mean you can to restore its color.

  3. My grand daughter wore a bright blue chiffon frock and the dye came onto her faux bone coloured bag, now that has transferred to a white faux skirt.
    I have tried a mixture of washing up detergent and white vinegar to no avail also hairspray, which I know will remove ink, but neither work. I did read of a solution with bleach in which the garment was soaked and now can’t find it. Hoping someone can assist me. Nola

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner April 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Sorry, seems like it’s already too late, you’ve applied detergents which are the enemy of faux leather :(

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