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How to get pen stains out of a suede couch

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Suede couches are a beautiful addition to any living space, but they can be challenging to maintain, especially when it comes to cleaning up stains.

Pen stains on suede can be particularly tricky to remove, that's why we had to make a seperate post just for suede couches when we created an article on how to remove pen ink from other couches.

With the right tools and techniques, it is possible to get pen out of a suede couch. In this blog post, we will provide some tips on how to get pen out of a suede couch.

Steps For Removing Pen From A Suede Sofa

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Step 1: Blot the stain

The first step in removing a pen stain from a suede couch is to blot the stain as soon as possible.

Use a clean, dry cloth to absorb as much of the ink as possible. Do not rub the stain, as this can cause the ink to spread and make the stain worse.

Step 2: Apply rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is an effective solution for removing pen stains from suede. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a clean, white cloth and dab it onto the stained area.

Be sure to test the rubbing alcohol on an inconspicuous area of the couch first, to ensure that it doesn't cause any damage or discoloration.

Step 3: Blot the stain again

After applying the rubbing alcohol, use a clean cloth to blot the stain again. Repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.

Be patient and avoid using too much pressure, as this can damage the suede. Suede is quite a fragile upholstery to clean so caution is always key when dealing with this fabric.

Step 4: Use a suede brush

Once the stain has been removed, use a suede brush to restore the nap of the suede. Brush the affected area gently in a circular motion, and then let it dry completely.

Step 5: Apply a suede protector

After the area has dried, apply a suede protector spray to prevent future stains and spills from penetrating the suede.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the spray. If you are not confident in adding the spray, you can invoke the help of a professional company to apply it for you.

In conclusion, removing pen stains from a suede couch requires patience and the right tools. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can successfully remove the stain and restore the look of your suede couch. Remember to test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the couch first, and be gentle when working with the suede. If you're unsure about the process, consider seeking help from a professional cleaner.

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