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How to avoid discolouration of your sofa
How to avoid discolouration of your sofa

Helpful hints and tips to stop dye transfer from dark or bright colours affecting your sofa

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Written by Sebastian Brown
Updated over a week ago

Light coloured fabric and leather sofas can be at risk from discolouration due to dye transfer from dark or bright coloured clothing, scatter cushions or throws. This usually builds up over time but can also happen if damp clothing, wet towels or even printed newspapers are placed directly onto the furniture.
Prevention is key where there is risk of dye transfer, as there is little that can be done to reduce the effects once it has occurred. If you have purchased a light coloured sofa, it is a good idea to make sure that any scatter cushions or throws placed on the sofa are colour fast.
Dark coloured clothing, in particular jeans, are often a major culprit of dye transfer onto your furniture - so it may be best to change into lighter coloured clothing before you settle onto your sofa for the evening. Another way to counteract this effect is to make sure you use your furniture evenly, regularly clean, rotate and flip cushions where possible.

Important tip: To avoid water marks after cleaning we advise that you dampen a colourfast cloth with boiled water from a kettle and gently wipe the entire panel or cushion from seam to seam. This will help to prevent any water stains as the fabric dries.

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