How to remove color transfer from leather?

When color is transferred from one item to another is known as color or dye transfer. Color transfer can sometimes be difficult to remove at home if color is repeatedly transferred and leaves a dark stain, requiring a professional, but mild color can be removed by simple methods at home.

  • In this post, we share some common treatments that can be helpful to solve your issue and they are also not harsh for your leather items. You can try the following methods at home if your leather items have superficial color transfer, general color transfer, or discoloration.

Method #1) Use of petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly and Vaseline are commonly found in homes and also they are useful for leather to remove color transfer, prevent the leather from cracking, and make leather soft. The method of using petroleum jelly is very simple and easy.

Things are required for this procedure

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Paper towels


  1. Put a small amount of petroleum jelly on the paper towel.
  2. Rub this paper towel on the affected area. This will help remove discoloration.
  3. To get more satisfying results, you can repeat this method.

Method #2) Use of water and soap solution

The water and soap method is easy to use, but keep in mind that this method may not be appropriate for stubborn stains.

Things are required for this procedure

  • Water.
  • microfiber cloth.
  • Mild Moisturizing Soap.


  1. Take a few drops of soap in a bowl and add some water to it to make a solution.
  2. Dip the cloth in this solution and wring it out.
  3. Rub it on the affected area in a circular motion.
  4. Buff over the leather surface to remove residue.
  5. Allow the leather to dry naturally. Do not keep your leather item in direct sunlight because sunlight can damage the color of the leather.

Method#3) Use of the leather cleaner

Things required

  • Leather cleaner ( not should harsh)
  • Water.
  • A clean and soft cloth.


  1. Shake the leather cleaner before applying.
  2. Test in a specific small area before applying to the affected area.
  3. Pour the cleaner onto the clean and soft cloth.
  4. Gently wipe it on the surface of the leather.
  5. If stains are persistent, you should wait a few minutes to allow the cleaner to penetrate the surface.
  6. Repeat this method for better results. Clean all the residue with a good quality neutral pH cleaner and rinse lightly with some water.
  7. Dry it with a clean cloth, and allow it to dry naturally, avoid direct sunlight because this is not good for leather color.

Tips and precautions

  • This method is not appropriate for Nubuck, Raw Leather, or Suede Leather.
  • Products should be environmentally friendly, phosphate-free, and should not be harsh.
  • You can remove dye transfer by using this method from furniture, jackets, bags, wallets and also car seats.
  • Not good for light-colored leather items.

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