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

June 11, 2013 — 27 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.

27 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. Hello, I got this faux leather phone case and it has beads on it, and quite frankly I dont like the placement if the beads, and was wanting to know a was to safe way to remove the beads

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner February 28, 2015 at 4:10 am

      Nahh, it’s difficult and you may damage the fabric, better leave them where they are, or you’d have to buy a new case!

  4. 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 :(

  5. Hi, I have a problem-my favorite white faux leather crop top got stained by a new black jacket that was on top of it. The rubbing has caused the black dye to transfer onto the top:( first thing I did I got a wet cloth and tried rubbing it but it did nothing, then I got a (mild) stain remover and sprayed that on top and it didn’t seem to help so I chucked the whole thing into a cold delicate wash. I checked it halfway through but it seems it hasn’t done anything to remove the stains:'( I really want to get it fixed! What should I do? Would alcohol or vinegar or hot water or nail polish remover help? Your help is much appreciated!

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner April 19, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Use Gonzo Stain Remover, my go to product for such disasters! Sorry for taking this long to answer :(

    • Did the Gonzo Stain Remover work for you? I have the same problem. Put a black pleather dress in my suitcase next to a cream one and the cream one now has black marks all over it. I tried rub bing alcohol and it did nothing.

      • Hi! Did Gonzo remover work? I have a similar problem with a bone colored faux leather pencil skirt which rubbed against a black colored item and has horrible ink stains. Thanks!

      • Jeanette Phillips August 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

        Hi did the Gonzo stain remover work??

  6. Hi
    My problem is my faux leather cell phone case, the stain looks like foundation or maybe lipstick. I haven’t touched it yet because as a matter of fact it was a rather expensive present as it has got a sensor for answering on the front (moshi.com). Still, have no idea what to do. Tried the product site but to no avail. Would be so happy for some ideas, thanks

  7. Monna Hawkins May 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Help neither the vinegar solution or alcohol worked. Please help

  8. Hiiii. My fiancé bought me a new coach purse yesterday for my birthday and I wore a new black shirt today and I’ll be darned my very light cream colored purse is all blue on the back side from rubbing! I’m afraid to try anything to take it off its not cloth I’m not sure if it’s real leather (or another material) any chance you have ideas to get the ink off? Thanks in advance!! :)

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner June 7, 2015 at 9:48 am

      I think you should try Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover, you can find it online, it’s very efficient and since I don’t know what fabric you are dealing with, I guess this is the best option for you, good luck.

  9. I tried it on a light pink tablet cover – faux leather. It did not work – could it be because I didn’t get to it right away?

  10. hi.. my mum got me a leather purse and i mistakenly spilled leather dye on it(i was trying to cover something up on the side of the purse). now the dye stain is still there. it hurts because its pure leather and now i have dye stains all over it. i tried vinegar and methanol but those didnt help. i need your help plleeeaaseeee….

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner July 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      It seems like it’s already too late! Sorry, the dye has penetrated too deep in it , since the all mighty alcohol didn’t work!! Now, you can only try to dye it with a similar color, try to use a brand called Fiebing’s, they’ve got great leather dyes. Sorry!

  11. I got a blue marker stain on a white faux leather futon. What should I do? I have not tried the solutions listed above in fear that they might ruin the futon.

  12. Hello! I have a black faux leather purse with some studs on it. I have the matching wallet as well. I love this set and I lost one of the studs on the bag. I found some on eBay and moved the empty hole to the bottom to notice it less. I tried to reinforce the stud with super glue and some of the glue dried white and not clear. My husband suggested using nail polish remover to get it off, but all that did was remove the color to the bag. Any suggestions on how to remove the glue safely without further damage and how to restore the black color? I don’t want to say the bag is a lost cause :(

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner August 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Use acetone, a stronger and purer grade, rather than nail polish which is a bit weak, for the color, I suggest using Fiebing’s, they’re a good brand with an excellent product.

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