Leather trim may be used on a variety of garments. In many cases, the
leather trim can bleed after cleaning. Therefore, it is very important
to check the care label before cleaning.
Oils and dyes used in
tanning leather are often solvent soluble and will be affected in
drycleaning. This usually results in dye migration to areas adjacent to
the trim. Dye migration may occur in the first cleaning or may not
become noticeable until after the garment has been cleaned a few times.
may recommend washing procedures for some items containing leather
trim. In most cases, the dyes will also bleed to detergent solutions.
avoid problems, DLI suggests performing colorfastness tests prior to
cleaning. However, be aware that the dyes may not bleed to testing, but
may still bleed when immersed in cleaning solutions.For more information on this topic, see TABS 448: Leather Trim Color Damage in DLI's Drycleaning Encyclopedia.