Marissa asked: How do I clean a leather purse? I was wearing a dark pair of blue jeans, and I brushed up against my beige leather purse. Now I have lines of blue dye on my purse. Please help! I’m in desperate need.
Dye transfers can be tricky as they often vary in severity. If the stain is only on the surface, it should be fairly easy to remove. However, if the dye has soaked into the leather, it will be much more difficult to remove without damaging the leather. Try the methods below to remove the surface dye stains from your leather.
You Will Need:
- Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (APC) or
- LTT Jean and Dye Transfer Kit
- Leather cleaner
- Leather conditioner
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Dye:
- Meguiar’s APC has had mixed results on leather. It can cause discoloration on some types of leather. Because of this, always test a small hidden area first to ensure it does not damage the leather any further.
- Dilute the APC with water. 9 parts APC to one part water.
- Spray a small amount of APC on a soft cloth.
- Rub the cloth over the stained area.
- Repeat until the stain is removed.
- LTT Jean and Dye Transfer Kit is designed to remove dyes and can also be used. This kit includes all the necessary materials.
- Follow the directions on the package for application and removal.
- When the stains have been removed, apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather from drying out.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not allow the APC to sit on the leather or it can cause a bleaching effect.
- While many may suggest nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol, these can have damaging effects and should be avoided. There are better methods when it comes to removing dyes.