There’s an immediate feeling of dread anytime a new stain appears on your furniture. If the stain came from an ink spill, especially permanent ink, the key is to act quickly. Many ink stains can be removed easily if you have the right tools on hand.
In this article, we address ink stains on the most common furniture fabrics. Part one has instructions for removing ink stains from leather furniture, part two has tips for cloth, and part three details how to remove ink stains from vinyl.
Part 1 of 3: How to remove ink stains from leather furniture
Step 1: Dab the stain with a clean cloth to soak up the ink. Be careful not to rub, as this could cause the stain to spread. Change out the cloth as needed.
Step 2: Test a separate area of the furniture with your treatment solution. Before applying anything to the stain, you will want to test the solution on a part of the couch or chair that isn’t visible.
Look for signs of discoloration to determine if the solution is acceptable.
Rubbing alcohol can be effective for removing ink stains from leather furniture. Once you have tested your solution on a separate piece of the fabric, then you are okay to apply it to clean the stain.
Step 3: Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth and dab the stain. The alcohol should pull the ink out of the fabric. Carefully dab the stain, and always use a clean portion of the cloth so as not to spread the stain.
Step 4: Clean the area thoroughly. Wet a new clean cloth with water and clean the stained area. Let is dry completely to see if the stain has been removed.
Step 5: Finish with a leather cleaner and conditioner to protect the area. Apply a trusted leather cleaner and conditioner to the stained spot to seal and protect it.
The same steps can be applied substituting a vinegar solution for the alcohol. Simply mix one cup of water, two teaspoons of vinegar, and one tablespoon of dish soap and dab using a clean cloth. Be sure to test the area as mentioned above, and apply in a blotting motion.
Part 2 of 3: How to remove ink stains from cloth furniture
Step 1: Dab the stain with a clean cloth to soak up excess ink. Just as with leather furniture above, the first step in removing an ink stain is to blot out any ink that can be removed easily. Be sure to use a clean dry cloth.
Step 2: Test an area of the furniture that isn’t visible. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth and blot a concealed area of the furniture to test for potential discoloration. Alcohol generally works well on fabrics, including microfiber.
Step 3: Rub the stain to remove. Using a clean cloth dipped in alcohol, rub the stain gently to remove it. Be careful to apply it only where the stain is present.
Step 4: Repeat as needed. Continue rubbing the stain with a clean portion of the cloth until it has been removed.
Step 5: Soak up excess alcohol with a dry cloth. After treating the stain, use a dry cloth to soak up any remaining alcohol.
If your fabric furniture has removable washable cushions, then you can treat the stain by following the washing instructions. The piece of furniture should have a tag with specific directions for acceptable washing.
Part 3 of 3: How to remove ink stains from vinyl furniture
Step 1: Test a hidden area of the furniture with a simple all-purpose cleaner. Testing a concealed area will help prevent potential discoloration caused by the product.
Step 2: Apply the all-purpose cleaner to the ink stain. Gently rub the area with a clean cloth to remove the stain.
Step 3: Repeat as needed. Continue applying cleaner and wiping the stain until it fades completely.
Step 4: Rinse the area with a clean damp cloth. Once the stain has been removed, you can rinse the area and let it dry.
Although many types of stains can be nearly impossible to remove, ink stains fortunately aren’t one of them. Always act quickly and repeat steps as needed to keep your furniture in top shape.