A piece of leather upholstery can be ruined by imperfections and creases, a mistake in the gold stamping, or a mistake with blind embossing. In this post, you will learn 4 easy tips for removing embossing from leather.

It is easier to remove hot leather stamping than blind stamping. Using a toothpick with a blunt end, gently pick some foil into deeper parts of the toilet bowl. Apply leather conditioner by dabbing it on a dab of leather cleaner, then swabbing off the excess cleaning substance.


1. Apply the cleaning solution

With a Q-tip, apply the chosen cleaning agent to the gold or silver foil stamp. To remove nail polish, you can use baby lotion, rubbing alcohol, or makeup remover. As a starting point, we recommend that you use fragrance-free baby lotion, which is the least aggressive on the leather. Then use it to gently scrape the gold initials. 

2. Apply Leather Cleaner with a toothpick to deep impressions

A single pass is not enough to remove some gold or silver foil. Scratch gently through the foil the stamped image using the blunt end of a toothpick. To delete the stamping, this step may take two or more passes. When applying body lotion, add a small amount.

3. Using a damp paper towel, wipe off and let it dry

If the lotion becomes too dirty, remove the excess with a damp paper towel. Adding more body lotion if needed will remove any remaining gold residue. Let dry then clean again. 

4. Take care of the leather

Rub the leather item with the leather cleaner before applying the leather moisturizer. Allow to dry, then apply.  

The following video shows how to perform this process:


Gold foil monograms are sometimes found on second-hand designer bags like Louis Vuitton. Before you use the bag, make sure you remove the initials unless they are the same as yours.

Adhesive tape can be used to remove hot stamping 

Adding rubbing alcohol or acetone is more invasive than using adhesive tape. These methods can often remove gold stamps. Tape the gold stamp directly with a high-tack adhesive tape. 

Darkened and glistened some leather parts 

Once the adhesive tape has been broken, rub the blunt end of a toothpick over it and rip it off abruptly. Once you have removed all residue from the gold or silver foil stamp, repeat the process. 

Makeup remover can be used to remove hot stamping 

Gold stamping can also be removed from designer leather bags, wallets, and luggage tags using makeup remover. You can also use nail polish remover and alcohol pads, but only as a last resort, especially if you are working with designer bags.  


  1. You will need a heat gun and a portable steamer to restore leather upholstery to its original glory. 
  2. Sterilize the leather seat if it is creased.
  3. Low-temperature heating guns are best. 
  4. Heat in a circular motion the creased area, being careful not to burn the leather by staying in one place. 
  5. Remove any remaining moisture from the surface by wiping it with a dry cloth as you heat it. Avoid damaging the seam when working around it. 


For vegetable-tanned leather, you can correct stamping mistakes by following these steps:

  1. Let some moisture evaporate from the leather before working on it after dampening it with warm water. In case of a deep impression or thick leather, you can also soak it in water. The leather will expand as a result. 
  2. Let it dry completely before moving on. 
  3. To transfer heat from the iron to a damp rag, iron the rag.
  4. Wipe the leather piece with the warmed rag. 
  5. You can stamp over the mark again once the mark is less noticeable. 

A damp cloth can also be ironed directly over the leather. 

  1. To prevent damage to the smooth part of the leather, iron the grain side of the leather. Wet fabric produces steam that can remove creases and unnecessary markings from leather sheets. 
  2. The process should be repeated, but this time let the leather rest for four minutes before continuing. 


You may experience some issues when removing embossing from leather. Here are some of the common problems you may encounter.  

Darkened and glistened some leather parts

When you remove the foil stamping, too much pressure may cause the leather to darken and become shiny. By applying a warm moist cloth to the shiny part and gently rubbing it, you can restore it. After the leather has dried, apply leather moisturizer. 

Leather with embossing is impossible to remove

Leather embossed with deep details may also have a napped finish like suede. The markings on it cannot be removed. You can cover small embossings, such as a monogram on a second-hand bag or an error, with a piece of tooled leather or some metal bling. 

Cut a contrasting leather strip to cover the monogram, adding 1 2 inches around it. Glue the leather piece to your leather bag before adding bling. 

If you are working with suede or nubuck, you can embellish the monogram with anything that appeals to your imagination, such as a vintage brooch, a bow brooch, or etching plates that can be etched with saltwater and a stencil. 

Although I removed the hot stamp, I still see the mark 

According to my experience, the gold stamp can be removed from leather products, but the embossed image will be left behind. 

Heat guns or hair dryers can be used if the burn is not too deep. To knead leather gently, heat the stamped area and knead gently with your fingertips. The debossed image will become less visible as the heating and kneading process is repeated. 

Whenever you make a mistake with gold stamping, you can erase it with a pencil eraser as soon as it has cooled down. Since the stamp has not yet been bonded properly to the leather, erasing is a lot easier. 


You know how difficult it can be to remove embossing from leather if you’ve ever attempted it. Since few things will work on this kind of material, removing itself is the most challenging part of the process. 

If you do not have professional help, removing blind stamping on leather can be difficult. Meanwhile, hot stamping has a few advantages. It can be done with common household cleaning substances (rubbing alcohol or lotion) at any time.

This blog post is intended to be helpful. We’d like to hear about your experiences removing leather stamps and what worked best for you.

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