How do I remove dye transfer from my white leather sofa safely?

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The dye came from brown suede pillows. I've tried leather cleaner/conditioner with no results.

  11 answers
  • Precious Pins Precious Pins on Sep 20, 2017

    test magic eraser in a small spot

  • Giselle Giselle on Sep 20, 2017

    Try hair spray. Test in an inconspicuous spot first.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Sep 20, 2017

    Hello! It helps to know what type of leather you have because Aniline leather can take a more heavy-duty cleaner followed by a leather protector while Nubeck leather takes a light touch using a Nubuck cleansing cloth. There are products out there, like Leather Stain Remover or Leather Master Leather Dye Transfer Remover and Magic Eraser; however, anyone of these has the potential to cause additional damage.

    My advice would be to call a professional.

    If the couch is fairly old and you want to take the risk, you could even try toothpaste -- try scrubbing out the stain with a toothbrush. Or try applying a bit of nail polish remover to a cotiton ball and then rubbing out the stain.

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    • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Sep 20, 2017

      You're welcome. I sincerely hope whatever type of cleaning solution you choose works well on your couch.

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 20, 2017

    Try Mr Clean magic eraser pad with water. I had a similar experience

    with our white sofa, tried every leather cleaner, any type cleaner, even a non abrasive cleaners -- no luck. A plumber suggested the Magic Eraser, it worked!

  • Tammy Tammy on Sep 20, 2017

    I would try shoe polish.

  • Giselle Giselle on Sep 20, 2017

    I know I've gotten ball point ink off with hair spray.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 16, 2023

    Hairspray, with alcohol will work. Maybe try just plain rubbing alcohol, go to n inconspicuous area.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 16, 2023

    Call in professional Leather cleaners - Do you have insurance?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 31, 2023

    Maybe Milk on white bread as it takes ink out of leather.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 06, 2023

    You can try Borax and baking soda to remove stains from a white leather couch. To do so, combine 1 tablespoon of each with 100 milliliters of water. Apply it to the dye stain with a sponge or a soft-bristled toothbrush, working gently so as not to scratch the surface.