Dye transfer ruins upholstery but it doesn’t have to. Dye transfer is an upholstery cleaners worst nightmare, so we’ve written this blog to help you prevent it.
What Is Dye Transfer On Upholstery?
It is the transfer of dyes to fabric and leather upholstery. It is very common and in some instances completely ruins furniture, especially light-coloured leather. This is a problem we see every week.
Most people think dye transfer comes only from denim jeans but this is certainly not the case. It can occur from any fabric, such as a scatter cushion, and any colour can transfer, not just dark denim. Scatter cushions on light coloured leather are a particular problem because people just don’t expect something that is designed to sit on their furniture to soil it.
Another common problem is people using dark throws on light coloured upholstery to protect it from being soiled, especially if they allow pets on the furniture. A dark throw on light furniture will result in reverse dye transfer to the lighter fabric.
The most common areas affected are usually base cushions (what you sit on) and the inside of the arms of the chair or sofa. This is where there is the most pressure on the furniture and long periods of contact take place.
Stopping Dye Transfer On Upholstery
Dye transfer ruins upholstery and upholstery cleaning can’t save every piece of furniture. So prevention is better than cure. The golden rule is NEVER place a darker material over a lighter one. This goes for throws and cushions.
If people are wearing new denim or dark jogging bottoms we recommend that the seating area is covered. It is best to use a white cotton sheet. Also, be aware of dyed hair rubbing off on the headrests over time, and also cover with a white cotton sheet.
We also recommend that you regularly rotate cushions.
Can Upholstery Cleaners Remove Dye Transfer?
The answer is yes and no. The level of success depends on a number of factors such as:
- Fabric type
- How long the problem has been left?
- Is it a continued build-up?
- Has the client attempted to remove the dye themselves?
Right Processes, Right Results
Over the years as expert upholstery cleaners in Cannock and throughout the area, we have refined our cleaning process. We cannot guarantee complete removal but we can usually improve the soiled area to an acceptable level.
The image above is from an upholstery cleaning job in Lichfield. The client was happy to just have the armchair cleaned, but we rose to the challenge and the client was delighted with the outcome. We used our own 3 stage process using solutions that we have developed over the past few years. We can’t tell you what these solutions are because it is one of our trade secrets!
Contact us for all your upholstery cleaning in Lichfield, Cannock and across the surrounding area.