Last week, my grandma gave us a beautiful new leather chair with matching ottoman. Its a gorgeous cream color that matches my 1950s side tables. I was working on some projects when I realized it was lunch time so I hopped up to make lunch for the kids and left my crafts right where they were.
When I came back into the living room, I found my 3 year old son in the chair, scribbling away on the arm with a black Sharpie marker. The chair wasn’t in my house for 48 hours before striking tragedy. He knew he was only supposed to draw on paper and I quickly realized my own fault in leaving the marker sitting out. My husband’s favorite hobby is leather working and I know that dyes like that seep right into the pores of the leather and once it’s dry, you’re out of luck.
I ran to the bathroom for a miracle cure and found a bottle of spray-on sunblock from last summer hiding in the back of the cabinet. With one spritz from the bottle and a wipe of the paper towel, a lot of the marker was amazingly gone!
Unfortunately, there was still a light gray area so I grabbed a terry cloth towel and sprayed the sunblock directly on the towel, rubbing on an area of the splotch. I continued spraying and rubbing with the terry cloth for about a minute until it was all gone.
The sun block leaves a sticky residue on the leather. Follow up by wiping the surface with a wet soapy towel and finish it off with a leather conditioner. Since he also scribbled on his sippy cup and my plastic pencil box, I tried the sun block there and it came clean.
If your leather furniture is a darker color, test the sunblock in an inconspicuous area before spraying it on, to make sure that the dye doesn’t come off. And for a final step- run around the house, collecting all of the pens and put them in a safe place!