Removing a ballpoint pen stain from leather is simple and easy with the right material. Treat the stain as soon as possible, because dried on ink is much harder to remove. Remember that because of the different types and finishes on leather, what works on one piece may not work on another. It is important to spot check any product on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to larger sections.
Step 1: Cleaning
Soak cotton balls in rubbing alcohol. Rub the stain in a small, circular pattern. When the cotton ball becomes discolored with ink, change to a new one to prevent spreading the stain. If rubbing alcohol does not work you can try glass cleaner, acetone free nail polish or witch hazel. Always test each product on a small section before applying to larger areas.
Step 2: Follow Up
When you have removed the ink, clean the leather with your manufacturer’s recommended leather cleaner and finish with leather conditioner to restore moisture lost in the cleaning. If you need to remove water stains from leather, here is our guide.