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
- Soft cloths
- Leather conditioner (optional)
Make a mixture of two cups warm water, one tablespoon liquid dish soap and one tablespoon white vinegar.
Saturate a clean sponge with the mixture and blot the entire dye stain with it.
Let the mixture permeate the stain for five minutes. Wet the sponge once more and re-blot until the stain disappears.
Wet a soft cloth with cool water and wipe the leather clean.
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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