Removing Fabric Dye from a Leather Couch?

August 16, 2005

Light colored leather couch.I have red dye from a suede pillow that transferred onto my cream colored leather couch and I'm, well, pretty mad. Can you please help?



A Lil Upset


August 17, 20050 found this helpful

I can't imagine the frustration you're feeling!!! You might try this idea - the Magic Eraser now on the market - you know, the white sponge looking cleaning pad - will clean up practically anything. It's actually a little spooky to me how well it removes all kinds of dirt and stains. You might give it a try. Love to know if it works!! Good luck!!!

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By Leather Agony Aunt (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

You have dye transfer. Magic Erasers act like fine sandpaper and if they remove the dye they will also damage the finish. Use Maxi Clean (LTT) which is specifically designed for this job and then when you have removed it use Leather Protect which will protect your pale leather from dye transfer in the future


Leather care consultant

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October 6, 20170 found this helpful

I have a white faux leather recliner that has dye transfer from a blue chair cover.
I read that you said to use Maxi LTT
Where do I buy this?

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March 25, 20181 found this helpful

Where do I buy maxi clean ltt.

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January 29, 2009

I slept on my newer dark leather couch and got very hot with a black t-shirt on. When I woke up, ink from my shirt was imprinted on the couch. Please somebody give me an idea of how to remove this.

Rocky from Tennessee


January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Hello Rocky,

In regards to your leather stained sofa seeing that it is new, did you purchase a warranty on stains? If so, my advise would be to contact your warranty service and have this taken care of professionally and leave the problem in their hands. If you had not purchased a warranty then the problem lies on you.


My suggestion to you is you need to know what type of leather you own. Is it Aniline, Protected (pigmented)or Nubuck? Once your leather is identified then you can proceed with the correct steps in removing the transfer of silkscreen ink from your shirt.
If your leather is (Aniline):
Step 1. Strong Cleaner
Step 2. Leather Protection Cream
Dry between steps with hair dryer
If problem persists use: (Soft Remover/Cleaner)
Always finish job with Protection Cream

If your leather is (Protected/Pigmented):
Use the same steps as Aniline

If your leather is (Nubuck):
Step 1. Use Nubuck Cloth
Step 2. Apply Leather Degreaser
Step 3. Foam Cleaner
Step 4. Use Nubuck Cloth
Step 5. Apply Eco Protector
Dry in between steps with hair dryer
If problem persists call our service for
additional help (203) 734-5343
or email:
Supreme Care Leather Services


Please Note!
All products mentioned above are developed by Leather Master and can be purchase through us
as well as any additional free advise.
Sincerely Mark
Customer Care

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February 12, 2007

How do I remove dye from a throw off a cream leather suite?

John from Glasgow


December 3, 20070 found this helpful


Use this product to remove the stain -

Following the below instructions;

Never apply directly to the leather.


Depending upon the size of the stain use either the cotton wool bud, cotton ball or cotton cloth to remove the stain.
Dab the stain gently and as the stain is removed from the leather the cotton will absorb it.
Rotate the cotton to stop the stain from spreading.

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