How to Get Pen Link Off Microfiber Couch

If you notice some ink on your microfiber couch, don’t give up and start searching for a new couch just yet! Those stains don’t have to stick around. Keep reading and we’ll take a look at a few helpful ways you can get your microfiber furniture looking like new!

How is Cleaning a Microfiber Couch Different from Cleaning Couches of Other Materials?

When you’re cleaning a microfiber couch, you have to choose the right cleaning solutions for them. The options for one material may not work for another or even cause more of a mess than they clean.


I have made a mental note to not give J pens anymore.  I was sitting on the couch going through my budget when she came over and started grabbing at my pen.
I thought it was no big deal because it was one that you have to push the top down to be able to write.
how to get pen ink out of microfiber tip
She hadn’t figured how to do that yet. Turns out, I’m wrong!

What You’ll Need to Get Pen Off Microfiber Couches:

  • Couch cushion or section with ink stain
  • Cotton balls
    • How many you’ll need will depend on how big the stain is – a small area may only need one while multiple marks may take a few cotton balls to get through.
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Washcloth
  • Warm water
That smarty pants knows just how to work it and made a few marks on the couch before I noticed and could grab it from her.  I remembered reading that rubbing alcohol gets ink out so I tried it and to my astonishment, it worked.
Pen link mark on coach

How to Get Pen Off Microfiber Couches

Step 1: Prepare Your Rubbing Alcohol

When you first notice a new ink stain on your microfiber couch, don’t panic! Instead, grab a few cotton balls and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

To get started, it’s best not to pour your rubbing alcohol directly onto your microfiber couch. Instead, dampen your cotton ball with some rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: Rub the Stain with a Cotton Ball

Next, you’ll want to use your cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol to start blotting the stains. Remember, rubbing alcohol evaporates pretty quickly, so you’ll want to do this immediately after you wet the cotton ball down.

Just in case, you’ll want to test the rubbing alcohol on your microfiber couch in an inconspicuous area first to make sure the method works well with your couch!

As you blot, you should notice the stain starting to lift from your microfiber sofa. When you look at the cotton ball, it should have absorbed all the ink it pulled out.


how to get pen ink off of couch

Step 3: Wipe the Stain with a Damp Cloth

Once the ink stain is out, you’ll want to rid your couch of the rubbing alcohol as well. To do this, take a washcloth or rag and dampen it with warm water.

All you have to do is wipe the area down. It doesn’t take too much elbow grease – you just want to wipe it down and blot any leftover rubbing alcohol away.

Step 4: Leave to Dry

Once you’re done, your microfiber sofa will still be damp. The easiest option from here is to let your couch air dry.

It shouldn’t take too long but larger stained areas will likely need more time to dry just because you’re introducing additional moisture to the area to clean larger stains.


after rubbing alcohol grabs the ink
Phew.  But what about other types of fabric?  My couch is microfiber so things come off of it a little easier than other types.
Have you tried removing stains using rubbing alcohol?

How to Remove Ink Stain From Leather Couch

Step 1: Start with a Dry Paper Towel

If the ink is still damp, start by blotting as much off as possible. Make sure to be careful here. You don’t want to smear the ink and create a further mess.

Step 2: Use Leather Cleaner

Leather cleaner is made for cleaning leather effectively without damaging it. For this purpose, it’s best to look for something made to remove ink stains from leather couches.

Step 3: Add Leather Protector

Once you’ve cleaned your leather couch, add some leather protector. This will help keep the finish on your leather in top shape!

How to Remove Ink From a Fabric Couch

Step 1: Create Your Cleaning Solution

For a fabric couch, you can also use liquid dish soap and some white vinegar.

Start with two cups of warm water and add in about a tablespoon each of dishwashing soap and white vinegar.

Step 2: Clean and Dry

Only use a blotting motion to use the solution on your microfiber couch so as to not spread the stain.

After you’ve cleaned it with the solution, blot it dry and then rinse it with fresh water. From there, just let it dry before sitting on that area of the couch.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Microfiber Couches with Baking Soda

Step 1: Create a Baking Soda Paste

To start, you’ll need a paste of baking soda. To make this, mix water and baking soda, using slightly more baking soda. Combine these until you have a paste.

Step 2: Use the Paste

To clean with the paste, apply it to the stains by using a circular motion to rub it. You can do this with a rag or clean sponge.

After you’ve removed the ink, remove the paste with some clean water and let the area dry.

How Do You Get Permanent Marker Out of Microfiber Couch?

Permanent marker can be a bit more stubborn than pen ink. However, you’re in luck!

The method we discussed earlier with rubbing alcohol can help. For permanent marker, you’ll see more results blotting the area than scrubbing.

If your microfiber couch is still stained at this point, you can turn to options such as upholstery shampoo or spot remover safe for microfiber furniture.

How Do You Get Ink Out of a Suede Couch?

Getting pen marks out of a suede couch isn’t too different than the rubbing alcohol method we discussed for microfiber furniture.

Instead of jumping right in with rubbing alcohol, though, start by cleaning the area with a cloth dampened with white vinegar.

If this method doesn’t remove ink completely, you can use the rubbing alcohol method on suede.

Can You Use a Magic Eraser on Microfiber Couch?

Magic Erasers are a popular cleaning tool and their pretty simple to use. Yet, are they safe to use on your microfiber couch?

Actually, yes, you can clean your couch with a Magic Eraser. If you use this, start by activating the Magic Eraser before using it directly on your couch.

Once again, this is a good method to spot test in a less visible area of your couch before you commit to cleaning a larger, more visible area to test the results.

Does Hairspray Remove Ink From Your Fabric Couch?

One trick that some people rely on is using hairspray to remove ink from a fabric couch.

This technique actually can be helpful if the ink stain is fresh. If the ink has started to dry, it won’t be very helpful.

Much like rubbing alcohol, to do this, you’ll want to add some hair spray and try to dab the area clean before wiping it down with a damp cloth.

Did you enjoy our tutorial? Pen ink on a microfiber couch doesn’t have to be the end of the road with these techniques! Let us know what you thought below and share this with someone who might need it!

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