Have you ever looked at your light-colored furniture and it appears to have a blue or blackish tone to it? If so, what you may be seeing is the result of a dye transfer. We all love wearing denim jeans and ladies love wearing black slacks that go with everything and maybe a little slimming as far as appearance goes.
Well, these favorite clothes have a downside too. Quite often the dyes uses in these cotton fabrics are synthetic Indio dye. These dyes are applied in layers, where sequence dipping creates a darker color. The darker the color, the greater chance of experiencing dye transfer.
The dye transfer, otherwise known as crocking, happens when another fabric is rubbed up against it. Like when you sit on a nice white sofa. The excess dye in your pants transfers onto the white sofa, leaving the blue or black dye behind. Over time this dye builds up on your furniture and at first glance, you may think it is soil but looking closely you’ll see the color that was transferred. After all, the soil isn’t blue or black.
So, what is the best way to correct this? While if it happens to you a professional cleaning has a good chance of removing some or most of the dye transfer. So as long as it isn’t too bad yet, there is hope. The type of fabric that the dye has transferred onto will have a lot to do with the success of the removal of the dye. Leather and synthetic fabrics will have a much better chance than a natural fiber such as cotton, linen, or silk. Better yet, avoid sitting on light-colored upholstery when you are wearing these items.