Asked on Jan 02, 2017

How can I get rid of a red pillow stain on a white leather couch?

by Bon9451204
I have tried a few things to wash the stain off too no avail. Please help!
  49 answers
  • Marcia Potter Marcia Potter on Jan 02, 2017

    If the manufacturer tag is still attached (probably to the wooden frame underneath), contact the manufacturer and see if they have a solution. A lot of times the material will have been tested, and they will know what to use.

  • Nancy Flemming Nancy Flemming on Jan 02, 2017

    Try regular vim on a damp cloth to see if that will remove most of the stain, then use white liquid shoe polish to go over stained area. But be careful and test it on an unseen area for colour match or you will have to go over whole couch. Buff just like you would a leather shoe. I have done this with a black chair.

  • Toc15434384 Toc15434384 on Jan 02, 2017

    viniger with dawn or spray & wash (blot with warm water) did not experience leather stain try it.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 02, 2017

    I would test a spot with plain white toothpaste,rub into the stained area and wipe. If the stain comes out use a good leather conditioner.

  • Stitch ‘n Thyme Stitch ‘n Thyme on Jan 02, 2017

    Try Saddle Soap. It's made to work on leather.

    • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 02, 2017

      Thank you , I do have some and will try that on a spot to see if it will work.

  • Ann Thompson Ann Thompson on Jan 02, 2017

    Try a solution of Murphy's Oil Soap & warm water. Use a white clith to apply. You will be surprised how much dirt it will remove from ylhr leather furniture

  • Joan Weissgerber Joan Weissgerber on Jan 02, 2017

    I'd try a solution of 1/2 water with ½ Greased Lightning. Spray on clean white towel & gently rub. Clean with Cool water. Use leather conditioner after couch is completely cleaned to seal it.

  • Florida Beachpotato Florida Beachpotato on Jan 02, 2017

    nail polish remover in a small spot to see if it does the job. I used it on a cream colored leather sofa and it worked very well. try a small spot to review.

  • Lisa Lisa on Jan 02, 2017

    Try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser. it may be a slow go process, but these work great on leather tennis shoes, as well as many other items. Good luck.

    • Carol Bednarek Siepka Carol Bednarek Siepka on Sep 12, 2017

      PLEASE BE VERY, VERY CAUTIOUS WITH A MAGIC ERASER. I got a light brown stain on my cream colored leather sofa a few years ago. I tried cleaning it with soap and water which didn't work, then leather cleaner and it didn't work. Next I tried a Magic Eraser and it wrecked the finish because it was too abrasive. I later realized that the stain was transfer from the dye of a pillow.

  • Ronald C Laesch Ronald C Laesch on Jan 02, 2017

    Try D&L hand cleaner. I have used it on white leather car seats an it works wonders. Rinse well after.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 02, 2017

    I would not use any product with chemicals for fear it will pull the color out of the couch

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 02, 2017

    Thank you I will try and find the Greased Lightning at a store nearby.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 02, 2017

    Thank you very much Janet, I will only try tiny spots before ruining the couch. If nothing works I will cover the section with a throw.Your warning well received.

  • Val7301494 Val7301494 on Jan 03, 2017

    Try Tanner's Preserve Leather Cleaner (it's a yellow tint color) first. It's a nice easy spray on application. They make a conditioner to put on afterwards, but any brand leather conditioner will do. I have a similar white leather sofa and tan leather car seats. I have been really happy with Tanner's Preserve. Lately I have had to buy it from 3rd parties on Amazon. Max it should cost is around $10-15. Lexol makes a pump foaming cleanser that seems almost as good but I really like the Tanner's Preserve. Some of the worst offender's seem to be the cheaper dyes that can stain the leather. Old Navy Black PJ pants lately.. Not quite as bad. But similar.

    Worse Case scenario there is a leather paint that is hard to find but available. I have seen leather restorations on this very site that demonstrates it. It looks great.. If you end up having to go that far. Good Luck. :)

  • Jse7509033 Jse7509033 on Jan 03, 2017

    Try some dawn with a little bleach. I have a ivory leather couch & I use it to wipe it down. It gets all stains out so far. Try it buy putting dawn directly on a white wash cloth let seat for a moment , put rag in the bleach water always wiping in circular motion.

  • Lindy Lindy on Jan 03, 2017

    Just thinking outside the box here, but there is a "color catcher" type of laundry sheet that catches fading colors as you wash clothes-i.e. you put a red sock in with white laundry. Maybe if you lay one of those on the red area and spritz with water and push it into the cushion it will blot up the red from the pillow. Then I would take that red pillow outside and set it on fire for ruining my white leather sofa just to teach it a lesson.

  • Napakin Napakin on Jan 03, 2017

    I'd consult an auto detailer for a product that removes stains from leather. The more water, scrubbing, etc, you will remove the leather dye too. THEN, go to a shoe repair store and get spray dye to cover that up too. I am taking the red pillows off of my sofa.......

  • Debbie Dixon Debbie Dixon on Jan 03, 2017

    I have used hair spray on ink spots. Try in on small patch first.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 03, 2017

    I will try that right now .don't go away! I just tried that and it didnot work. Thanks for taking the time for your suggestion though.

  • Mary Mary on Jan 03, 2017

    Try Professor Amos Shock It Clean. You can find it on Amazon.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 04, 2017

    Thank you I will look into that.

  • Rita Rita on Jan 04, 2017

    I have gotten blue jean stains off of a light leather purse by using makeup remover wipes. Just be persistent.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 04, 2017

    Try a mister clean magic eraser. They work wonders on a lot of surfaces. Try in a inconspicuous spot first.

  • Jane Perry Johnson Jane Perry Johnson on Jan 04, 2017

    I use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to clean my cream colored leather set. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain, then use vinegar in a spray bottle. It will bubble like crazy for a few seconds, but it works for me. I'm not how sure it will work on dye stains, but worth a shot! Make sure to rinse with warm water and dry off with an old towel.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 05, 2017

    Thank you Jane, I tried your idea but I think the dye used on the red pillow was too much for your solution. I was so hoping it would work.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 05, 2017

    My go to cleaner is called Awesome. It has gotten a lot of stains off for me, and of course a few it didn't work on. You can get it at the Dollar Store for $1.00 per spray bottle. They don't usually keep it with the regular cleaners so if you don't see it, ask for it. Good luck!

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 05, 2017

    Thank you , I will search for it.

  • Sk Sk on Jan 05, 2017

    This could be one of those, try just about everything till you find what works moments. I suggest, pledge furniture polish and a Mr. clean eraser sponge and a microfiber cloth to wipe away after, if that doesn't work, try various leather cleaners. I have a friend who swears by cheap shaving cream on his leather seats in his car.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 06, 2017

    I just got to thinking about hair spray. Hair spray will take ink out of your clothes, you could try it on your sofa. Couldn't hurt anyway.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 06, 2017

    I think it is wonderful using shaving cream to clean car seats but I just tried that as per your friends suggestion, but the stain is still there. I will try your first two ideas later today. and I thank you for taking the time to suggest those things.

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 06, 2017

    I don't know if you have found your solution yet, but I'll throw some info at you. I had a similar situation where I got brown dye on a white corvette seat. Here is how I got it clean: a damp sponge with a dusting of Comet Cleanser, rub lightly then let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it off. The leather was like new, but the dye never came completely off the vinyl console.

  • Maynard Maynard on Jan 06, 2017

    Bonnie, I got black sharpie on white leather. I tried everything to no avail. I then decided to go for broke, figuring if it didn't work I would have to reupholster the bar stool. What worked? Straight bleach on a cotton swab! Honestly, it was almost miraculous how it wiped off and left no mark of any kind on the white leather. I wiped it down with plain water afterwards to kill the smell, but the bleach did nothing to the leather or the white dye in the leather. Try this on a small area to see if it works for you as well as it did for me.

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    • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 06, 2017

      Hi Mayard, I have had great luck with the bleach and wanted you to know that I think it is working. I need a glass of wine to celebrate! Thank you so much!

  • Mel7758669 Mel7758669 on Jan 06, 2017

    If the other options don't work out, give Amodex ink remover a try. It's lanolin-based and gentle.

    • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 06, 2017

      I have never heard of this remover but if nothing works I will try it. Thank you, I am surprised it is lanolin-based , but what do I know . Something has to finally work. I don't want to git rid of this couch.

  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 06, 2017

    You could call around for some advice, or I've seen people use shoe polish to cover up a mark if nothing else works. But I would keep trying the suggestions first . A leather repair person might have some solutions also.

  • Cha10997168 Cha10997168 on Jan 06, 2017

    I had a Hallmark shopping bag on the front (grey leather) seat of my car and spilled some water on that purple bag and it stained my car seat purple. I tried everything and nothing worked. A friend suggested I leave the car outside where the sun could shine on that stain and sure enough ... it worked. The sun faded that stain right off of the leather. It took a few days, but that stain is completely gone.

    I was thrilled.

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    • Sallie Leister Sallie Leister on Jan 07, 2017

      Hmmmmm i would try lemon essential oil. That beeing said there is oly one brand i would trust and would for sure try it on hidden area first. You can email me

  • Retta Robinson Retta Robinson on Jan 06, 2017

    I love AWESOME and se it for many things, but the bottle says not to use it on leather or mirrors.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 06, 2017

    Great idea and I will try to contact a some one who I know works making leather gifts. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 07, 2017

    Rubbing alcohol always works for me.

  • Maynard Maynard on Jan 07, 2017

    You're absolutely welcome. Feel free to pass it on. BTW, I would caution against using bleach on so called "Bonded Leather", as this is a manufactured product, not real leather and I think it could be a disaster waiting to happen.

  • Fro7849877 Fro7849877 on Jan 07, 2017

    Mr Clean Magic Eraser, works on everything

  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Jan 07, 2017

    I'm glad the bleach worked! yippie !

    Thats what I was going to suggest, but I was going to tell you to add just a little after to the bleach.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 07, 2017

    Thank you . I am right now having some luck with Clorox on the stain. I have to try this for a while and if I find it needs more attention I will try your idea.

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 07, 2017

      Make sure to use leather conditioner after to prevent yellowing from the bleach.

  • Snixchance Snixchance on Jan 07, 2017

    Try Awesome you purchase from the Dollar Tree; if that does not work, nothing will.

  • Terri Wolf Terri Wolf on Jan 07, 2017

    Oxiclean powder w/hot water washcloth-works on everything!

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 08, 2017

    Thank you for your suggestion. That did not work for me.

  • Bon9451204 Bon9451204 on Jan 08, 2017

    Thank you I will do that . I need to buy more bleach but it seems to be working.

  • Carolyn Tymchek Earsom Carolyn Tymchek Earsom on Jan 15, 2017

    I once got soot off of a light colored fireplace ( cast cement painted white) with Barbasol Shaving Cream. nothing else worked including bleach, 409, Awesome, and Windex

    ( I was desperate!). But that shaving cream cleaned the soot right off. Can't hurt to try it if all else fails!

  • Dianne Dianne on May 19, 2018

    How can I remove a red dye stain on a white leather chair

  • Jen Jen on Jan 27, 2019

    So what worked??? I have this issue from a red pillow....transferred with dog urine sadly. Happened last night and I thought of LA's totally Awesome too but it didn't budge it. :( Couch is cream leather.....any feedback on what did work are welcomed!!