Whether you sat on your light-colored leather couch wearing brand new dark denim jeans, or you accidentally spilled hair dye or ink on it, you now have a major stain you have to deal with. Before you call in professional cleaners that will charge you an arm and a leg, you may want to try some simple household remedies to remove the dye from leather. Treating the leather as quickly as possible is the key to successfully removing the stain.
Things You'll Need
Squeeze toothpaste onto the stain, then scrub lightly with a soft bristled brush, then wipe off.
Dab acetone-free nail polish remover onto ink dye stain with a cotton ball or wipe, and rub to remove the stain.
Spray aerosol hairspray onto the stain and rub off with a damp cloth, rubbing until the stain starts to fade.
Dip a rag into in a mixture of warm water and liquid dish soap. Then rub over the stain vigorously until it fades away.
Use a leather cleaning product. There are some products made specifically for cleaning leather that you can try. Your best bet is to ask about leather cleaner at the place where you purchased your couch. This way you will be directed to the recommended leather cleaner for your type of leather couch.
If the stain has been there for a while, or it does not respond to any of the home remedies, you may need to have it professionally cleaned or replaced.
References and ResourcesMrs. Clean: Leather Cleaning
Gretchen's Closet; How to Clean Denim Stains Off Light Leather; Grechen; October 2009
How to Clean Sutff: How to Remove Dye Transfer from Leather