Leather

Removing ball point ink from leather

  1. Be sure that the stain has been made by biro ink and not a gel-based ink
  2. Pour some alcohol on a cotton ball
  3. Rub the dampened cotton ball onto the biro stain
  4. The stain should come out and then just wipe dry

Removing nail polish from leather

  1. Dab off, don’t rub, most of the nail polish using a paper towel. Then test the leather for colour fastness. This will help you determine if the leather can withstand the chemicals needed to clean it. Take some Acetone and dab an area of the lather than cannot be seen or is inconspicuous. Acetone is a non-oily fingernail polish remover. Wait a few minutes to make sure the leather does not change colour
  2. If the leather can withstand the Acetone, dab the affected area with small amounts of the Acetone using a paper towel. Keep dabbing until no more nail polish is coming up on your paper towel. If the Acetone damages the leather, you can try using rubbing alcohol. Be sure to test the alcohol first before using. Use the same method of dabbing as before.
  3. If neither one of these methods work on your leather, contact a leather professional. They have access to more chemicals and should be able to remove the stain.

Removing water stains from leather

The problem with a water spot on leather is the outline left when the water dries. Here’s what you can do to remove this line.

  1. Lightly wet the entire cushion or area with room temperature water and a sponge that hasn’t been used much. We don’t want to put any more spots on the leather.
  2. Soak the sponge, then wring it thoroughly. It needs to be as dry as possible.
  3. Start at the water spot and work your way outward. Be careful not to scrub, we just want to moisten the leather. The goal is to have the moisture lessen the farther you get from the spot.
  4. Let the leather dry. It is best to treat it with Saddle Soap or some other leather treatment as the water tends to dry it out.

Removing Paint from Fabrics

1. To remove paint from water-based latex, acrylic, emulsion and school paints, rinse wet stains under running water then wash according to the fabric care label.

2. For dried paints, those that are oil or varnished based, sponge carefully with white spirit or a proprietary paintbrush cleaner (apply in small amounts, and test on a small area before proceeding) before washing.