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How to Remove Pen From Ultrasuede

by S.R. Becker

Ultrasuede, the brand name of microsuede, is known for its stain-resistant properties. Microsuede is synthetic but looks like real suede. Unlike real suede, however, Ultrasuede repels water. Although the fabric, which is used to make furniture, clothing and accessories, is designed for easy cleanup, ink stains can be difficult to remove. According to KnollTextiles, the manufacturers of Ultrasuede, the stains from felt-tip pens and markers are sometimes permanent. However, you can remove the ink from ballpoint pens.

Pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and turn the nozzle to select a fine mist.

Spray the rubbing alcohol lightly onto the ink stain. Blot the stain with a soft, white cloth until the stain comes out.

Set a blow dryer to low heat and aim it at the stain, holding it 6 inches away. This will prevent a watermark from forming on the Ultrasuede item.

Wash the item in the washing machine on the delicate cycle with cold water and mild laundry detergent if you get a watermark. If the item has a silk or satin lining, as some Ultrasuede purses and clothing do, hand wash it. If there is no watermark on the item, there is no need to wash it. Always check the item's care label before washing.

Place the washed Ultrasuede item in the dryer and set the dryer to low heat. Open the dryer every five to 10 minutes to check the item, and remove it as soon as it's dry.

Items you will need

  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • White cloth
  • Blow dryer
  • Laundry detergent


  • Most microfiber couches have cushion covers that unzip. Remove the cover from the cushion before placing it in the washing machine.


  • If you are unsure whether or not your Ultrasuede item is washable or if the stain is particularly resistant, take it to a dry cleaner. They may be able to remove the ink with an industrial solvent.

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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