We had a little mishap this week with one adorable little grandangel and a ball point pen. Hubs took me furniture shopping earlier this week and we chose a nice leather sofa and matching chair and ottoman. The day we brought the furniture into the living room was the day I had Hazel Peach come stay. Needless to say, no one was watching as she created a large masterpiece of circles all over the top of the ottoman with a ball point pen, and then she added a few small flourishes to each seat cushion and swished a couple curlicues on the chair arms. She was so proud of her accomplishment that she called in her Uncle JoeJoe to show him what she had done! Imagine his utter surprise (and mine) when she showed him her pen and ink art! I remained calm, but clearly brought home my disappointment with her drawing on Grammy's furniture. She was quite sniffly and sorry, I knew it, but I made her sit on the couch and watch as I painstakingly worked at getting that ink out of the furniture. I hope my unfortunate circumstances might save you one day down the road, so I will share with you how I accomplished this feat.
Removing Ink from Leather Furniture
1. Tackle the ink as soon as possible.
2. Get a roll of paper towels (or rags) and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.
3. Soak a paper towel (to dripping) with alcohol and lay it over the ink. Allow it to penetrate and you will see the ink come free.
4. Once ink starts to come free, remove the inky paper towel and add another alcohol soaked paper towel to the area.
5. After the initial ink is up, continue to lightly blot and rub the ink from the leather. (By the way, this works on fabric too, but don't soak the paper towel to dripping when using it on fabric.)
6. Continue the process until most of the ink is gone. After I had the ink up and the leather was dry, I took one more step and cleaned it with saddle soap. You can usually buy it where you buy shoe polish, or you may use leather lotion and clean it following the directions on the label. Both products will clean and replenish the leather.
I am happy to report that the majority of the ink came out! However, if you look closely, you can see some of the lines that were pressed in and some of the remaining ink that is so light that it looks like the imperfections that naturally occur in leather so I am not too bothered by them. All in all, I am grateful it all worked out and I am again reminded that stuff is just stuff -- even if it is new stuff.