How to Get Red Ink Off of a Cream Leather Jacket

by Kimbry Parker

A cream leather jacket is harder to keep clean than darker-colored leather, and one of the toughest spots you can find on the jacket is red ink. Not only does the color of the ink make the spot more noticeable, it also looks nearly impossible to remove. Most leather jackets are made of finished leather, so there’s a protective coating on the fabric, which makes it easier to clean. If your jacket is naked leather, you’ll need to seek the help of a professional cleaner to get the red ink out.

Dampen a rag with water. Apply non-solvent based detergent, such as Castile soap which is a soap-based detergent, to the rag.

Rub over the ink stain gently with the soapy rag until the ink is gone. Avoid rubbing too hard or you risk damaging the finish on the leather.

Wipe the affected area of the jacket with a clean, damp rag to remove any soap residue. Go over the area with a dry rag to remove the moisture.

Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol if the ink is still on the leather. Rub the alcohol gently onto the ink until it disappears.

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Items you will need

  • Rags
  • Non-solvent detergent
  • Cotton ball
  • Rubbing alcohol


  • Test the stain removal product on an inconspicuous spot of the leather first to make sure it won’t damage the fabric.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.