How to Clean Dye Transfer Off Leather

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How to Clean Dye Transfer Off Leather
Dye transfer can ruin the clean look of a white leather couch. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Dye transfer occurs when a coloured dye bleeds onto another piece of fabric. This usually happens when garments of contrasting colours, such as white socks and a red T-shirt, are laundered together. However, it can also occur when a wet garment comes in contact with another fabric for an extended period of time. If you accidentally tossed a pair of freshly washed blue jeans onto your leather couch, chances are you'll have a splotch of dye to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloths
  • Leather conditioner (optional)

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  1. 1

    Make a mixture of two cups warm water, one tablespoon liquid dish soap and one tablespoon white vinegar.

  2. 2

    Saturate a clean sponge with the mixture and blot the entire dye stain with it.

  3. 3

    Let the mixture permeate the stain for five minutes. Wet the sponge once more and re-blot until the stain disappears.

  4. 4

    Wet a soft cloth with cool water and wipe the leather clean.

  5. 5

    Dry the leather completely with a soft cloth. Treat the area with a leather conditioner if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use bleach or ammonia to remove dye from leather, as this may cause damage to the material.

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