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Dye Migration on Leather/Cloth Combos

Leather Trim Dye BleedLeather 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.

Manufacturers may recommend washing procedures for some items containing leather trim. In most cases, the dyes will also bleed to detergent solutions.

To 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.
Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/17/2017 1:46:35 PM