Melissa asked: How do I remove a leather stain from a white, polyester shirt? A brown leather belt left a rub line on a white polyester shirt. I’ve tried everything to remove it, but it’s still there. Help!
Leather is treated with dyes to give it the desired color. When these dyes transfer to clothing they are considered “loose dye” stains. These loose dyes, or dyes that are on the surface of the fibers, can be removed with a few products that are readily available. The most common is bleach, which is often harsh on the fabric as well. Below are two products that will safely and effectively remove the stains from washable fabrics.
You Will Need:
- Rit Dye Remover (for white clothing)
- Rit Dye Fixative (for colored clothing)
- Soft brush
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Dye Stains:
- Mix the dye remover/fixative with water to form a paste.
- Spread the paste over the stain and allow it to set for a few minutes.
- Scrub the area with a soft cloth or soft brush.
- When the stain is removed, wash as usual.
- Allow the piece to air dry to ensure all the stains are removed. Placing the piece in the dryer will set the remaining stains making them impossible to remove.
Additional Tips and Advice
- For white clothing, the stained area can be soaked in a bleach/water mixture.
- Fresh stains may be removed with a quality stain remover and some elbow grease. Apply the stain remover and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Scrub the area with a brush or soft cloth and then wash as normal.
- Other stain removers such as OxyClean may also help in removing the stains.
- Leather dye can be difficult to remove and may take several repeated attempts to remove it completely.
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