If you own a handmade leather journal, or anything made from leather for that matter, you know how important it is to keep it clean. After all, genuine handmade leather products don't come cheap. After spending a decent amount of money on your precious journal, you no doubt want to keep it for a very long time. This is a beautiful quality about leather products. With the right care and attention, they can last a lifetime!
With this in mind, you're probably already really careful about how you take care of your leather journal and where you put it. Unfortunately, sometimes life's little mishaps happen and you end up with an accidental ink stain from your favorite pen. Don't panic. Thankfully it's possible to remove an unsightly ink stain from a leather journal without ruining the leather. Here's the steps to work through in order to remove an ink stain from a leather journal.
The first thing you need to do with any finished type of leather is try a small spot test. That means you take whatever solution you plan to use (which we'll discuss below) and you use it in a small area that won't be noticeable if something happens. After all, some types of leather may react badly to certain chemicals or solutions. You don't want to ruin your entire journal just because of a little bit of ink.
Next up, you're going to need a soap-based cleaner. A soap-based cleaner is going to be gentler than a solvent-based one, so make sure you've read the product ingredient list carefully. If it is solvent-based, it should say so somewhere on the packaging. Avoid that for now. You want something much gentler and all you want to do is wet a cloth with the cleaner and then rub it gently over the stain.
You'll need an ink stick that's specifically intended to be used with leather. These can be a little expensive, but they could definitely be worth it if you're able to get the stain out without having to go to a professional for assistance.
If the previous options don't work, it's time to try some saddle soap. Though traditionally used with saddles, this type of soap is good for any type of leather and actually helps to protect and preserve the material. If you want to keep your leather journal in great shape, this is a great thing to use before it gets stained, but it can still do some good if you happen to get a stain too.
Finally, you can try a leather cleaner and conditioner. Use a non-abrasive cloth to help rub in the products so you don't have to worry about scratching the leather or causing other damage that could come from something too rough. Once again, these products can be great for protecting and preserving your leather journal, but also may be able to help with stains or damage done after the fact.
Of course, as with anything, there are plenty of options out there that you can try that people have reported different levels of success with. We'll list some of these alternative top options below. If you don't get the desired result using the steps we've already mentioned, you may want to give them a try (or take your leather to a professional cleaner and see what they can do).
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