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How to Clean Hair Dye From Leather Sofas

Updated March 23, 2017

What better way is there to pass the time that hair dye needs to sit than to catch up on your favourite television show? After the program, you rinse the dye from your hair and return to the sofa to catch one more episode and there it is: a spot of hair dye right in the middle of your leather sofa. One drop of hair dye can wreck havoc on any leather furniture but if you notice it in time, you can clean up the dye with some common household products before it has a chance to stain.

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  1. Wipe away as much of the dye as you can with a clean, white cloth. Removing the excess dye from the surface will make it much easier to combat stains in the grain of the leather.

  2. Spray a little hairspray on the spot. Be careful not to use too much as the alcohol in the spray could dry out the leather. Blot the spot with a clean white cloth and repeat until it is no longer visible. Hairspray works best when removing spots that are still wet, so if you still see hair dye after several attempts of cleaning with hairspray, you will need to move on to a stronger product.

  3. Wet a cotton ball with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Dab the spot with the cotton ball until all traces of the stain are gone. Be careful only to get the alcohol in the area where the spot is, because it could dry out the leather if too much is used.

  4. Dampen a clean white cloth with water and wipe the area immediately. Although alcohol-based products are great for cleaning up hair dye stains, they are not always so great for leather furniture. Continue wiping the area with water until you are sure that all traces of the hairspray or rubbing alcohol are gone.

  5. Blot the area dry with a clean, white towel. Dab at the area until all excess moisture has been removed.

  6. Tip

    Purchase a leather sealant designed specifically for furniture and treat your sofa to prevent any stains in the future.


    If your sofa is made from a coloured leather, do a spot test with the hairspray and rubbing alcohol in an inconspicuous area, such as under a cushion, to make sure that the products will not remove the colour from your sofa.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hairspray
  • White cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • White towel

About the Author

Jessica Leigh is a professional writer with works published for "The Houston Chronicle" and various websites. In addition to pursuing a degree in legal studies she has years of experience in the financial industry as a tax preparer.

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