Ink is one of the most common stains that we see. It can be difficult to remove, especially if it has been allowed to dry. In this article, we will discuss whether WD 40 is effective at removing ink from leather. We will also talk about some of the best methods for removing ink from leather. Let’s get started.
So, does WD 40 remove ink from leather? WD 40 is an effective solvent for removing ink from leather. However, it may damage the finish of your leather furniture or clothing if used improperly. I would recommend using leather stain removers like Saddle Soap or leather cleaner to remove the ink stain from your leather. And only use WD 40 only on non-porous or water-resistant surfaces such as faux leather or vinyl.
Below are some possible downsides to using WD 40 to remove ink from leather.
1. WD 40 May Damage The Finish On Real Leather
If you use WD 40 on a non-porous surface such as real leather or suede without proper care, it could cause permanent damage to the surface. This is because WD 40 is a solvent, and it will dissolve the finish on your leather.
Most leather articles are usually finished with a top coat of sealant that will protect the surface from damage. However, if the sealant has been damaged or removed, WD 40 can cause the leather to become susceptible to water damage and stains.
If you want to use WD 40 on leather, I would recommend doing so in a discreet area first before trying it out on the entire surface.
You can also try cleaning a small section of your item with alcohol or another solvent that is known to be safe for leather. If there is no discoloration or other adverse effects, then it is safe to use WD 40 on your leather.
So if you have a valuable piece of leather furniture or clothing that has an ink stain, I would recommend using a professional leather cleaner to remove the stain.
2. WD 40 May Remove The Color Of Leather
If you are using WD 40 on a finished leather surface, it may remove the color from the surface. This is especially true of light-colored leather or suede surfaces.
Leather goods are usually colored using chemical dyes and since WD 40 is a solvent, it can strip these dyes from the surface of your leather.
This means that if you use WD 40 to remove an ink stain from a light-colored leather surface, the area where the ink was will become lighter in color than the surrounding area.
If this happens, there is not much you can do except try to dye the area back to its original color. You can try using a leather dye kit or taking the item to a professional leather dyer.
So, if you are trying to remove an ink stain from light-colored leather, I would recommend using a gentle solvent like diluted rubbing alcohol instead of WD 40.
3. WD 40 May Stain Leather
On top of the above possible consequences, WD 40 may also leave a permanent stain on your leather surface.
This is because WD 40 is a petroleum-based product and it will often leave behind an oily residue on the surface of your leather or cause the ink stain to worsen if not carefully applied.
Also, WD 40 is a solvent and can cause any foreign materials present on the surface of the leather at the time of the ink stain can lead to staining or discoloration.
This is why it is so important to carefully clean the surface of your leather before applying WD 40 to remove an ink stain. You can do this by using a soft cloth and gently rubbing down the area where you will be applying WD 40 until all traces of dust and debris are gone from the surface.
4. WD 40 May Smell Bad
WD 40 has a strong odor that can be unpleasant to some people. This is due to the fact that it contains ingredients that gives it a strong chemical smell which can be overbearing for some.
If you are going to be using WD 40 to remove an ink stain from leather, I would recommend doing so in a well-ventilated area. You may also want to consider wearing gloves and a face mask while applying it to the surface of your leather.
5. WD 40 May Be Difficult To Use
Last but not least, WD 40 can be difficult to use on leather. This is because it can be difficult to sometimes control the amount of WD 40 that is dispensed from the can.
This means that it is easy to apply too much WD 40 to the surface of your leather, which will lead to staining or discoloration. It is also difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies of an ink stain, which can make the removal process more difficult.
One way around this is to first spray the WD 40 on a microfiber cloth or rag before applying it to the surface of your leather. This will help to control the amount of WD 40 that is being applied and also make it easier to apply it in hard-to-reach areas.
In conclusion, using WD 40 to remove an ink stain from leather may lead to one or more of the following consequences: discoloration, staining, the removal of the color from the leather, and a bad odor. Therefore, I would recommend using WD 40 on non-porous leather surfaces like faux leather.
As mentioned before, WD 40 is a solvent and will dissolve the finish on your leather. If you want to use WD 40 on leather, I would recommend doing so in a discreet area first before trying it out on the entire surface.
You can also try cleaning a small section of your item with alcohol or another solvent that is known to be safe for leather. If all of this sounds intimidating you can consult a professional and he or she will be able to assist you.
Otherwise, you can use any good leather cleaner or any specially made leather stain remover to remove an ink stain from the surface of your leather item.