Leather is a durable material that easily withstands a lot of wear and tear. It is not, however, stain-resistant. If you find a stain on your leather couch, take comfort in knowing that many stains can be removed. Grease, ink and dark stains such as food and blood are the most common culprits when it comes to leather stains. Care must be taken when removing stains from a leather couch so not to compromise the leather's integrity.
Blot the stained area of the couch with a dry rag. Continue blotting until no more grease transfers from the leather couch to the rag.
Sprinkle a generous amount of talcum powder or corn starch directly onto the stained leather couch. Make sure to thoroughly cover the stain with the powder.
Allow the absorbent powder to sit on the couch overnight. Brush off the powder the next day with a dry rag.
Wipe down the leather with a damp rag to remove any traces of the powder residue.
Moisten a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol. Rub the cotton swab over the ink stain. Switch to a clean cotton swab and apply more rubbing alcohol as one swab becomes filled with ink.
Dry the affected area of the couch with a blow dryer, once the stain is gone. Use the lowest heat setting when drying.
Use acetone nail polish remover if the ink stain persists. Moisten a soft rag with the nail polish remover and gently rub it over the ink until it disappears.
Clean the leather couch with a leather cleaner after the ink is gone to remove any traces of alcohol or nail polish remover. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions when using leather cleaner as usage information will vary among products.
Dark Stains (food, blood, etc.)
Blot the stained area of the couch with a clean rag to remove as much of the substance as possible. Continue blotting until no more of the substance transfers from the couch onto the rag.
Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar in a small bowl. Use equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar and stir until a paste forms.
Dip a rag into the paste to absorb a generous amount. Rub the paste directly onto the stain.
Allow the paste to sit on the stain for 10 minutes. Apply a second layer of paste to the leather couch. Use your fingers or the rag to work the paste into the leather.
Wipe the paste from the couch using a rag dampened with soapy water. Allow the leather to air dry.