Isopropyl alcohol, plain old rubbing alcohol, works best for home removal of ink stains from leather. Fresh ink stains are easier to remove and usually come out easily, while older stains may require repeat treatments. Leather is porous and the stain can penetrate deep into the hide.
Begin by dampening a white cotton cloth or cotton swab with the alcohol. Don’t use a colored cloth because it can transfer dye to light-colored leather. Work from the outside of the stain toward the middle by dabbing with the cloth. Keep the work area small – do not spread the ink into a bigger area!
You should be able to see the ink transfer to the cloth. Dampen a clean area of the cloth or get a new swab as you see ink coming off to prevent re-staining the Bible cover. Gently, keep blotting away until the ink is gone. Do not scrub harshly as that can remove color and a layer of leather.
Allow the Bible cover or folio to air dry after or between treatments. Once the ink is removed, treat it with a leather conditioner to help it remain supple and smooth.
You can also use commercial ink removers like:
- Amodex Ink & Stain Remover
- Ink B Gone