How to remove the handle from the furniture?

Thanks to the latest achievements of science and technology, our life is becoming more comfortable and simple every day. Invented in 1904, a ballpoint pen is today used not only in the learning process, in work activities, but also in everyday life. This very useful and convenient invention has only one drawback - the spots left by the ink are difficult to remove. In our article you will find tips and folk recipes that will help you in solving this problem. We will also tell you how to remove the handle from furniture made of various materials, because it is the interior items that become a favorite “canvas” for little fidgets.

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How to remove ink from wooden furniture?

Unfortunately, the traces of the handle are very difficult to remove, especially if you do not do it right away. Fresh ink stains are much easier to clean. In the fight against ink, simple home remedies "perfectly" showed themselves. Here are just a few of them.



Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is perfect for cleaning any surface because it has light abrasive properties. The tool is safe enough to remove ink stains from wooden surfaces.

Use soda to remove ink as follows:

  1. Take 0.5 cups of water and add soda. As a result, you should get a pasty mixture.
  2. Apply the mixture to the stain. Rub the paste with your fingers so that it completely covers the dirt.
  3. Leave the product for 15-20 minutes. During this time, soda will do its job, and you will not need to wipe the stain from the handle.
  4. Remove the paste with a soft cloth dampened with water.
  5. If the stain is large and could not be removed the first time, repeat the process.
  6. Wipe the wooden surface with a dry, soft cloth.


Dishwashing liquid

This method is most effective for removing fresh ink stains. As you know, a dishwashing detergent perfectly copes with grease, so it is perfect for removing ink, in addition, it will not allow a fresh stain to soak into the wood. However, before using the product, be sure to check its effect on an inconspicuous piece of furniture.

Step-by-step instructions for the use of detergent:

  1. Prepare a solution: Mix ½ teaspoon of detergent with ⅓ cup of hot water.
  2. Mix the solution thoroughly to make a lot of foam.
  3. Put a soap solution on a cotton pad, check the effect of the drug on an inconspicuous piece of furniture. If the solution does not spoil the wood, then proceed to the process of removing stains on the entire surface.
  4. Dip a soft cloth into the foam (not into the solution itself), gently wipe the dirt with a rag and soapy foam.
  5. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove the mortar from the tree.
  6. Wipe the furniture dry with a dry cloth.


White Spirit

Before using white spirit (turpentine substitute), check its effect on an inconspicuous area of ​​a wooden surface. Dampen a cotton pad in white spirit and wipe the surface in an inconspicuous place. If the topcoat is not damaged in this case, then you can use this method as follows:

  1. Dampen the cloth in white spirit.
  2. Wipe the contaminated area with a cloth.
  3. Remove the product with a damp, clean cloth.



Bleaches can be used to remove ink stains from a wooden surface.However, when using aggressive agents, you should adhere to safety rules and responsibly approach the choice of bleach:

  • Conventional household bleach containing chlorine perfectly removes any impurities.
  • Another option would be a bleach containing oxalic acid, which is great for removing ink.
  • You can use two-phase bleach for wood.

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All of these drugs can be purchased at the hardware store. Use them according to the instructions. After treatment, rinse the area with clean water and wipe with a dry towel. If necessary (if the varnish or other coating has been removed), coat the surface with varnish in a day.

Important! Do not mix bleach with detergent, as this may produce toxic gas. Do not use ammonia on a wooden surface; otherwise, the color of the wood may change.



  1. If you were unable to remove the handle from the furniture as described above, then use a No. 000 metal washcloth dipped in liquid wax. A metal washcloth is able to remove a thin layer of the surface. However, gently wipe the wood with a washcloth so as not to remove a thick layer of the surface. After cleaning, wipe the treated area with a clean cloth to remove dirt. If you notice the formation of scratches on the surface, follow the link and follow the tips from our article “Removing Scratches on Furniture”.
  2. If during the cleaning process you removed the top layer of the wooden surface, then treat the surface with varnish. If this is not necessary, then just polish the treated area. Find out in our separate post how to make do-it-yourself polish for furniture.
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How to remove ink from leather furniture?

The process of cleaning natural and artificial leather should begin immediately after ink gets on their surface, since these materials perfectly absorb any coloring substances. Before using any stain remover, be sure to test on an inconspicuous area of ​​the interior material to avoid damage to your valuables.


For the most effective pollution control, use the following products:

  • Soap solution. This tool is perfect for fresh spots. Use household soap or any dishwashing detergent to prepare a high concentration solution. Wipe the dirt thoroughly with a solution and rinse it off with clean water, then wipe it dry with a soft cloth.
  • Salt. A fresh stain from a ballpoint pen can be easily removed from the furniture with a soapy solution if you add a little salt to it. Apply the concentrate to the problem area and leave for 2 hours. After - use a clean cloth dampened with water to remove the product and wipe the surface dry.

Important! After cleaning, rub the treated area with glycerin to restore surface softness. This method can also be used for eco leather.

  • Ammonia. It is an effective tool for removing contaminants of various origins. Ammonia can be used to remove stains on clothing from eco-leather. Mix 1 tbsp. a spoonful of ammonia with 1 glass of water and the resulting solution, treat the problem area. At the end of the manipulation, wipe the surface with a clean, damp cloth and treat with glycerin to prevent deterioration of the furniture upholstery.
  • Lemon. Moisten a soft cloth with lemon juice and wipe the contaminated area with it. Repeat the process until ink is completely removed.

Important! Lemon can be replaced with a solution of vinegar with the obligatory removal of its residues with clean water.

  • Alcohol. Dampen the cloth in alcohol, wipe the contaminated surface. After treatment, cover the area with glycerin. Alcohol can be used to remove stains on furniture made of artificial leather.
  • Polish for hair. Spray varnish on the stain, after a few minutes rinse off the paste from the surface of the artificial leather sofa. If the stain is very ingrained in the material, then the procedure can be repeated several times.
  • Special household chemicals. In rare cases, substances such as gasoline, kerosene or acetone can be used. Use aggressive solvents only if other methods and agents have been unsuccessful. Chemicals can easily damage the material and lead to damage to the piece of furniture, so be sure to check their effect on an inconspicuous area of ​​the material. To avoid negative consequences, use only high-quality, proven solvents, apply them gently, carefully and briefly, and after processing, wipe the area with soap and water and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Treat the skin with glycerin to restore its softness and prevent the negative effects of aggressive drugs.



  1. You can remove the pen from fair skin with hydrogen peroxide. Apply a few drops to the place of contamination and leave for 30-40 minutes for exposure. Remove peroxide residues with cotton wool soaked in alcohol or vodka. This method is perfect for your favorite jacket, bag and upholstery made of genuine leather.
  2. An excellent stain remover, milk, can be used to remove ink from furniture from dermatin. Moisten cotton wool in milk, put it on a contaminated place and leave for 1 hour. After treatment, wipe the surface dry.
  3. Old ink traces can be removed with a soda solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of the product with ½ cup of room temperature water. Wipe the contamination with the resulting solution. The method is effective for both natural and artificial fair skin.

Important! Use cleaners very carefully on such a coating so as not to spoil its appearance. In a separate publication on our site of useful tips, we talked in detail about leather furniture care products.


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How to remove the handle from textile upholstery?

The stain from the gel and ballpoint pen is easy to remove from a hard surface, but if the ink is eaten into the fabric upholstery, you will have to work hard. There are two solutions to the problem: buy a special stain remover or make a cleaning agent yourself, using home remedies.

Important! Take your time to throw away the old sofa, but rather give it a new life, using our tips from a special review "How to update a sofa?".

Great home remedies for removing ink stains are:

  1. Lemon juice. Cut the citrus into two parts, sprinkle the pollution with salt and squeeze lemon juice on it. After 5 minutes, remove the mixture with a clean, damp cloth.
  2. Glycerin perfectly removes stains from stained tissues. Soak a cotton pad or soft cloth in glycerin and gently wipe the dirt. Leave the product for 1 hour, then blot the stain with a dry, clean cloth.
  3. Glycerin + detergent for dishes. Mix glycerin and detergent in warm water. Pour the resulting solution into the spray tank. Apply to contamination. Remove moisture with a dry cloth or cloth. Repeat the procedure until the stain disappears.
  4. Alcohol + acetone. If the upholstery of upholstered furniture is made of natural fabrics (linen, cotton), then alcohol and acetone will help solve the problem of pollution. By mixing these two components in equal amounts, you get an excellent stain remover. Heat the mixture in a water bath, apply it to a cotton pad and treat the stain.
  5. Turpentine. For woolen and silk fabrics, purified turpentine is perfect. Moisten a cotton pad in the preparation and wipe the stain. If the swab is dirty, then replace it with a new one and wipe the dirt until it disappears. After treatment, wipe the area with a damp, clean cloth to remove any residue.

Important! All the above methods and tools can be used to remove pens from clothing. However, aggressive preparations should be used carefully so as not to spoil the product. Remember to test them on inconspicuous areas of tissue.

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We hope that our tips and tricks have helped you get rid of ink stains on furniture and clothes. And in order to further protect interior items from the child’s hand-made arts, use furniture covers that can be easily washed.

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