How to Remove Ink Stains from Upholstery Fabric

22 November 2022
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What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective rubber gloves
Rubbing alcohol
Paper towel / tissue
Cotton wool
Plain Water


Don’t let an ink stain ruin your favourite chair, couch, or upholstered items. In this tutorial, we'll demonstrate how to remove ink from upholstered items.

Note that because the ink in this case is not water-soluble, we use rubbing alcohol to remove it from the material. The video at the bottom of the page shows how to remove ink from a rug; the process is exactly the same when removing ink from upholstery.

Top Tip!
Always blot the ink stain out rather than pushing the ink further into the fabric or upholstery.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step One:
Apply a small amount directly onto the ink stain. All we want to do is activate the ink.

Step Two:
Allow it to sit for a few moments to allow the ink to begin activating.

Step Three:
Blot the stain with a paper towel or tissue to remove as much as possible. You should be able to see the ink transfer on your tissue.

NB! Avoid rubbing, which will push the ink deeper into the fabric. The goal is for it to absorb into the tissue.

Step Four:
Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary. It takes time to remove stubborn ink stains.

Step Five:
Blot the area with a cotton ball dipped in water to lift off the remaining residue.

Step Six:
Allow it to dry thoroughly.

Top Tip!
For stubborn stains that you simply cannot remove, contact a professional cleaning service in case you cause further damage to the fabrics.

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