However, learning how to clean a couch after the incident doesn’t need to be a challenge. If you follow the correct cleaning tips, you can ensure it looks as fresh as ever before. And you can complete the process in three quick steps.  If you have a fabric or leather couch, the process will differ slightly, but the results are equally successful. Here’s what you need to know. 

How to get ink out of a couch: fabric

1. Prepare for the clean

2. Blot the stain

If you are happy with the patch test, Jennifer suggests applying a small amount of nail polish remover into the cleaning cloth. ‘Gently blot the stain without pushing or rubbing too hard on the surface. Continue until the stain disappears,’ the expert says.   If you are unsatisfied with the patch test, or you’d rather stick to ingredients you may already have in your home, then Kristen McCalla from Earth Friendly Tips (opens in new tab) recommends following the same method – with one big change. She suggests cleaning with vinegar – using one tablespoon of liquid soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. 

3. Rinse the couch

Whether you use the nail polish remover or the white vinegar method, the experts urge you to rinse your couch after blotting. They suggest using towel to speed up the drying-time and staying off the couch until it has completely dried. 

How to get ink out of a couch: leather

If your living room sofa ideas are more leather-inclined, then fear not. The method is almost the same as that for fabric sofas; however, there is one extra thing to remember.  As Jennifer explains, the patch test is important in both cases, but it is arguably even more so if you own a leather sofa. ‘If the cloth has dye residue from the couch, do not proceed as you may cause damage,’ she cautions. 

How do you remove ballpoint pen from couch?

Whether your ballpoint pen has leaked in your pocket or your child has spilled a pot of ink during an art project, this method should work to remove all ink. ‘Just remember to do a patch test before tackling ink, be that from a ballpoint pen or anywhere,’ reinforces H&G’s Editor in Chief, Lucy Searle. ‘With the right precautions, you can have your couch looking like new – in almost no time at all.’ 

How do you get dried ink out of fabric?

These steps should effectively remove dried ink, however, it is better not to leave it for too long. Once the ink has dried, Lucy urges you to get rid of the inky residue before it sits on your sofa. ‘Though, the process is so quick and easy, it doesn’t need to be a huge challenge,’ she adds.