How to Remove Permanent Marker from Leather

how to remove permanent marker from leather

Permanent markers can be a blessing, or a curse, depending upon who gets their hands on them! If you have ever accidentally gotten permanent marker on your leather surface, or your naughty children have colored your leather with the markers, you know how frustrating it can be. Well, if you are looking for ways on how to remove permanent marker from leather, then here is everything you need to know about it!

How to remove permanent marker stains from leather using sunscreen lotion

As odd as this may sound, you can actually remove the permanent marker stains from your leather surface using just a dollop of your favorite sunscreen. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Take a small amount of sunscreen on a clean, dry, white towel. It is best to use a white towel for this method, as it will allow you to check if you are successfully removing the permanent marker stains or not. And also not transfer any more color from the towel on to your leather surface.
  2. Now, use a very gentle, but firm grip and start rubbing the sunscreen from the white towel on to the permanent marker stained area on your leather surface. Be extremely mindful when you do this; if you apply too much pressure, you can end up discoloring your leather.
  3. Keep checking the white towel to monitor the progress of how much of the permanent marker stains are coming off on the towel.
  4. Apply some more sunscreen if you need to, and continue doing this till you altogether remove the permanent marker stains from your leather surface.
  5. Finally, gently wipe off the sunscreen residue from your leather surface when you finish cleaning all the stains off it.
  6. Finally, apply a small amount of leather conditioner on the surface after you are done. 

How to remove permanent marker stains from leather using oil-free hairspray

An old free hairspray is usually high in alcohol content, which makes it easy for you to remove the permanent marker stains from leather. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Spray some oil-free hairspray directly on a clean, white towel.
  2. Before the hairspray has a chance to dry, take your white towel and begin to rub it in gentle circular motions on the permanent marker stains from the leather surface. Make sure that you are using a firm but gentle circular motions only, and keep checking the towel, as you might end up discoloring the leather surface if you rub too hard at it with the hairspray.
  3. If you need to, you can reapply some hairspray on to the white towel, but apply it in a new area of the towel, and not the part which already has the permanent marker stains on it.
  4. Continue using this method to clean the permanent marker stains from your leather surface until it is spotless.
  5. Finally, wipe down the leather surface so that you can remove any residue and final marks from the leather. Apply a leather conditioner to the area where you have used this cleaning method, as it can often damage or traumatize the area on the leather. The leather conditioner will protect your leather surface from any further damage. 

How to remove permanent marker stains from leather using turpentine

Here is another method that you can use to remove permanent marker stains from leather. However, you need to be very careful when you use this method, as you don’t want to damage your leather surface. Here is how you can do it: 

  1. Using some paper towels, gently blot the permanent marker stains from the leather surface. If the stains are relatively fresh, you should be able to remove at least a small amount of the ink from the leather. Of course, be very careful not to rub at the ink, as you might simply spread the stain even further.
  2. Take a cotton ball and apply a small amount of turpentine directly on to it. Now, using this cotton ball, gently rub at the permanent marker stains on the leather using small, circular motions. Be very careful while doing this; you should not apply too much pressure, as you will end up damaging the delicate leather or even discoloring it.
  3. Use a new piece of cotton and some more turpentine as you require, and keep doing this till you remove all of the ink stains from your leather surface.
  4. Finally, blot and wipe down the leather surface using some soft towels.
  5. For the final step, use a leather conditioner on the surface of the leather using some clean, dry, white towels. It will help restore the natural look of your leather while at the same time protect it from any further damage. 

How to remove permanent marker stains from leather using hand sanitizer

Another great alternative you can try to remove permanent marker stains from leather is to use a hand sanitizer. The reason this works is because of the alcohol content in the hand sanitizer. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Take a small amount of any hand sanitizer on a clean, white towel.
  2. Using this white towel, directly rub the permanent marker stain on your leather surface. However, remember to use very gentle, circular motions when you do this, as the alcohol content in the hairspray might cause some fading or discoloration on your leather.
  3. If the stain persists, take some more of the hand sanitizer and apply it on to a new area of the white towel. Once again, use the circular motions to rub at the stains on your leather surface. Remember to not rub for more than a few minutes, as you don’t want to damage your delicate leather.
  4. Finally, blot and clean off all the residue from the leather surface using a clean towel or some paper towels.
  5. Take another clean, white towel and apply some leather conditioner on to it. Use this on the same area of your leather to restore it and protect the leather from any further damage. 

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