How to Remove Ink Stains from Suede

Three colors of brown suede fabrics.
  • 1 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 15
What You'll Need
Nylon brush
70% Isopropyl alcohol
Cotton balls
Clean cloth
Emery board or sandpaper

When you remove ink stains from suede, which is one of the most expensive kinds of fabric, you have to remember that you do not need water as part of your technique. Many people try to apply methods only good for removing food stains from cotton fabric. However, suede is a different material and should be treated differently from the rest of your upholstery or clothing. Here is the ultimate guide for you on how you can save your suede clothing, shoes, or furniture if it is stained by ink. This article will also showcase some conventional and unique ways to treat your suede material.

Step 1 - Brush the Ink Stain Away

You may remove ink stains from your suede material by continuously brushing them away with a stiff nylon brush. Keep going until you can finally notice that the ink has been lifted away. Although this is the generally the most effective method of removal, it doesn't always work. There are other alternative methods you can try in this case.

Step 2 - Use Rubbing Alcohol

If the ink stain is not completely removed after brushing, you can try dabbing some rubbing alcohol on it with a cotton ball. You may notice that the ink will transfer onto the cotton. If the stain is a little bigger and recent, put a piece of clean cloth on the underside of the fabric so as not to spread it. Pour a small amount of alcohol directly on the stain and dab as well as rub the cotton on it. Continue doing this until there is no more ink transferred on the cotton. If this does not work, try the next step.

Step 3 – Sand it Off With an Emery Board

You can use either an emery board or a small piece of coarse sandpaper. Gently rub the ink of with either of these tools until the ink disappears. Be gentle so as not to damage your suede fabric.

Step 4 – Erase It

Small ink stains, like a single line from ball point, can be taken care of using an eraser. Simply rub it with the eraser gently until the stain is removed.

Step 5 – Use Cheap Hairspray

Cheap hairsprays usually have high alcohol content. By spraying some on your suede and then rubbing the stain with a clean piece of cloth, you may be able to remove the ink. Just rub gently to avoid damaging the fabric.

Step 6 – Get a Professional Cleaner

This step should be considered the last resort since it will cost you quite a lot to hire a professional cleaner remove the stain. Try all the alternative methods listed above prior to this strategy, as they will save you not only money, but time.