Leather is quite durable that can withstand even the harshest treatment, wear and tear but, isn’t 100-percent stain resistant. Grease and ink are common offenders when stain on leather sofas or any other upholstery made from the material is concerned.

Lot of care is taken when it comes to remove stains from leather furniture leaving quality of the material intact. In case the inevitable actually happened and your precious leather sofa collects stain, no need to panic but here’s how to have it cleaned.


Removing paint mark from leather is the trickiest and even impossible at times. Although rigorous try outs may scrap the precious surface, there’re a number of DIY remedies starting with immediate treatment the moment the stain happens. The longer it’ll stay, more problematic it’ll be to remove.

  • If the stain’s fresh, use a soapy solution and a clean cloth to wipe it away. Avoid direct contact of the soapy solution with leather else it may tarnish the surface and degrade the quality.
  • Take a sharp yet flat item such as a chisel or a pallet knife to remove excess paint but subtly. It’s better working from the exterior side to prevent spreading of the paint. Tool must be flat so as to prevent the leather from scratch. Any excess paint debris must be treated with a damp, clean cloth.
  • Olive oil has always been an amazing paint excess remover from leather but, it’s better testing a drop on an inconspicuous area to check effectiveness and that leather remains intact to any damage.

Different leathers are treated and dyed in different ways so it’s important checking for any adverse effects of any product on the leather surface before direct application. In case olive oil hasn’t any negative effects, dab some on a clean cloth and gently rub the stained area. The moment the paint begins lifting, wipe the remaining with a fresh rag!

Ink stains

Ink pen sometime leaks when you’re actually busy writing something and when it does occur on the leather sofa; cleaning is far more challenging as anything else.

This is the reason immediate treatment is the only way to ensure a spotless and up-quality leather before ink settles in to the seam.

Water-based inks are comparably easy to clean and so to remove stains from leather furniture made by ink, the following approach is most effective;

  • Start blotting the stained area with a clean, dry cloth and then proceed with a damp rag. Clean it gently in circular direction and apply saddle soap to the affected area however, always check the wash care label of the leather so as to use the most appropriate product.
  • Mix shampoo in a bowl of lukewarm water, dip a soft cloth and rub the area till the ink stain has been lifted off completely. Dry the surface with a clean cloth.
  • Dab a cloth in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the stained area. Once the ink has been lifted, treat with a damp cloth and let the area dry.


The above defines how to remove stains from leather furniture in the most effective and safest possible way.


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