How to Remove Glow in the Dark Liquid from Leather Couch

Robin asked: We have a burgundy leather couch, and my son’s glow in the dark, orange bracelet leaked on it. How can I get it out?

If you’ve had a mishap with a glow stick, and your leather sofa was the victim, the dye from the stick is the likely culprit for the stain. However, most glow sticks contain peroxide which may damage leather, especially if it’s allowed to dry on the surface. Further complicating matters is the fact that the only effective method for removing ink or dye from leather may actually remove the color of the sofa if the sofa itself was dyed. As a result, it’s extremely important that you spot test this solution before attempting to clean your leather couch.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Spot test in a hidden area before you begin. Do not continue unless leather proves to be colorfast.
  2. Wet a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Wipe the stain with the moistened cloth.
  4. Turn the cloth to a clean spot and repeat. Re-wet the cloth with more alcohol as needed.
  5. Once the dye is removed, wipe the spot dry with a clean cloth.
  6. Finish with a leather conditioner.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If the leather surface does not pass the spot test, consult a professional. It’s easy to ruin leather and difficult, if not impossible, to restore it.
  • Always wipe the leather with a clean portion of the cloth so you don’t transfer the stain back onto the leather from the cloth.
  • You can dilute the alcohol with an equal amount of water if you want a weaker cleaning solution, but be sure to dry the spot completely, as water can damage leather.

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