Asked on Nov 29, 2017

Light spot in very dark leather couch. What can I do?

Karen Murray
by Karen Murray
This is a very dark brown Couch. Showing lighter where my head rests , I have shown a light on the area so it can be seen easier. What can I use to color it? Thanks to any ideas.
  20 answers
  • Amanda Amanda on Nov 29, 2017

    Hi Karen. You can purchase leather dye. Here is a link with more info.

  • Phyllis Broussard Phyllis Broussard on Nov 30, 2017

    You can always use a dark brown shoe polish. Let it dry then buff it.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Nov 30, 2017

    Leather dye is the best - it can be bought at a shoe repair store.

  • Manfred's Mom Manfred's Mom on Nov 30, 2017

    Some months ago some one mentioned "Re-Love" gel stain for leather on this site. I bought a can and it made most of my leather sofa look brand new. It is expensive ( about 40.00 for a small can) but it goes a long way and my kids thought I had bought new furniture. It does not work 100% on those head spots though. Still I was very pleased.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Nov 30, 2017

    Try using saddle soap, it's for cleaning leather. You can purchase it at an automotive store. Leather soaks up grease,, it must be from your head over time. I have covers that I made from cotton, to cover this area, on my lounge chairs. It's hard to cover leather because it's slippery, I don't know what you can cover it with, except a blanket.

  • Mumandp Mumandp on Nov 30, 2017

    RELUV Leather furniture Dye is amazing...I got a really worn leather couch for really cheap because it looked like hell.....faded all over in big patches so I ordered the RELUV and within two hours the couch looked brand new, lush, even colour, and the leather felt like silk it was conditioned, it looked so good.

    OR if money is an issue You can also use shoe polish, be sure to use it just as You would to polish Your shoes and once buffed it will come uo a treat as well..............All the best!!

    Blessings from the North,

    xo Michelle

  • Jani Robinson Mendenhall Jani Robinson Mendenhall on Nov 30, 2017

    Paste style shoe polish. Works great I have used it.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Nov 30, 2017

    Shoe polish, rubbed off thoroughly.

  • Rachel Rachel on Dec 01, 2017

    shoe dye works great and so does shoe polish and it doesn't rub off on your clothes just be sure to shine the area. I have a leather couch I have had for 10 years or more and it looks brand new. I also rub it down with neatsfoot oil once a year and again I shine the couch with a soft cloth.

  • Dustin Dustin on Dec 10, 2017

    We used to clean couches and carpet as well. Usually something like this was from sunlight or a spill. May be able to use leather cleaner to clean or darken it.

  • Glenda Glenda on Sep 17, 2018

    Bought dye to use on leather recliner around head area that was lightened, applied due on light area but now there is a darker color around this area that is noticeable, what can I do to remove it, I buffed it like the instructions.

  • Therese Granahan Therese Granahan on Jun 15, 2019

    My black leather couch has grey Mark's maybe from something wet

  • Sharon Harmston Sharon Harmston on Feb 25, 2021

    How to get oven cleaner off a leather couch. The spilled area is yellow and the leather couch is dark brown

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 01, 2021

    Hello Karen,

    If it is real leather, try shoe polish or may be Saddle soap!

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 08, 2021

    You need some analine dye the color of the couch, and some leather cleaner to get the oil off before staining. This is the product I use on client's leather couches to make them look like new...

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 19, 2021

    Hello, use a leather shoe polish the colour of the suite.

  • Gary Gary on Dec 04, 2022

    My leather recliner has a big worn spot where my head rests. Shoe polish for this too? Thanks.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 05, 2022

    You could always lay some type of throw over the head rest area.