How can I prevent dye transfer?

Learn about what can cause your sofa to become discoloured and how to prevent dye transfer.

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Written by Rebecca Green
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 colourfast.

If you choose a particularly light coloured sofa, you should take care when wearing dark coloured clothing, especially jeans, as the dye can sometimes transfer onto the fabric or leather. Another way to counteract this effect is to make sure you use your furniture evenly, regularly clean, rotate and flip cushions where possible.

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