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Q. How do I get an ink stain out of leather?
Millie R. Ayala
East Northport, New York
A. Use a soap-based dishwashing liquid. If it’s a small stain and you want to tackle the job yourself, a soap-based dishwashing liquid (such as Ivory) is best. It is gentler than solvent-based products (like most laundry stain removers) and, oddly enough, cleaners marketed specifically for leather, which can remove color and damage the finish. Using a damp cotton cloth, blot very lightly and slowly. Buff with a dry cloth and let air-dry. Do not repeat. If this doesn’t work, take the item to a professional so you’ll know your hide is in good hands.
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