Taken your eyes off your creative toddler for a few seconds and then have pen marks on your furniture? After trying with regular cleaning products is it still not coming off? I have some handy suggestions that have worked on a variety of surfaces. 

Below is an example of removing it off a leather sofa, but the same method has worked on various surfaces. I would suggest completing a spot check first to ensure that your furniture does not stain or tarnish. 

What you will need

  1. A cleaning product containing ammonia 
  2. Hairspray
  3. Dry cloth

*I used the stardrops home power cleaner with ammonia*


  1. Pour/spray the cleaner with ammonia on to the marked surface. I left for a couple of minutes to soak in
  2. Using the dry cloth rub the pen marks off- as I was doing this on leather I didn’t apply much pressure as it can easily mark 
  3. For any remaining pen stains apply some hairspray onto the area and then use the cloth to rub the marks away- and that should have done the trick! 
  4. Wipe clean the area with a clean damp cloth to ensure no cleaning chemicals are left on your surface

Using hairspray or ammonia alone didn’t work for me on leather but I have previously used hairspray alone on hard surfaces and the pen marks have come straight off. 

Here is the before and after pic: 

I hope my cleaning tips will help you to get those pesky pen marks off your furniture! Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment box below 🙂 -Jottie


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