How to Remove a Pen Stain From Suede

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Things You'll Need

  • Emory board

  • Vinegar

  • Soft clean cloth

  • Windex

  • Fine grit sandpaper

  • Q-tip

  • Isopropyl alcohol


Test each method on an inconspicuous area of the suede item before using it to remove the stain.

Remove a Pen Stain From Suede

Ink always seems to find its way to places we don't want it. And worse yet, it tends to outstay its welcome in these places. Pen stains can be an irritating eyesore, especially on such a luxurious fabric as suede. Suede, being a type of leather, is both elegant and extremely temperamental when it comes to cleaning. There are fortunately several useful methods for removing pen stains from suede.

Step 1

Scrape the area gently with an emory board, and then hold the stained area over steam from a pot of boiling water. Allow the area to air dry.

Step 2

Apply vinegar to a soft clean cloth and wipe the ink stain gently to remove the stain. Allow the area to dry and repeat if necessary.

Step 3

Spray Windex on the stain and scrub the stain with a soft clean cloth. Apply more Windex as needed and continue scrubbing until all of the ink is gone.

Step 4

Rub the area gently with a small piece of fine grit sandpaper. Continue to rub until the stain is no longer visible.

Step 5

Dip a Q-tip in isopropyl alcohol and rub it gently on the ink stain. Apply more as needed and continue until the stain is gone.

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.