Wouldn't it be nice to finally put together a comfy pair of jeans plus a statement bag ensemble without worrying about color-transfer? Enjoy this easy, breezy, helpful guide on how to avoid and remove color-transfer on leather handbags. This DIY denim stain removal guide should work for leather and suede.
No, that’s not a new dance craze. Crocking is the when the dye from one material transfers to another. Denim is a usual culprit for crocking as the Indigo dye used to color jeans takes multiple washing before it completely rinses out. Thus constant rubbing between your bag and your brand new jeans may cause color-transfer from the denim to the bag’s leather.
To check if your denim jeans are safe to wear with your bags, please do a crocking test. Get a white piece of paper or cloth (like bond paper) and rub it against your jeans. If there is any color-transfer on the paper, do think twice about the outfit you are going to wear or the bag you are going to carry.
CLEANING DENIM STAINS
Sad but true denim stains is a common problem for bag lovers. Should your bag have those blocks of slightly translucent blue streaks those are most likely denim stains. Don’t worry though; with the help of Appple Leather Cleaner that bag may still be saved!
To remove stubborn stain such as denim dye transfer simply follow the steps below
- Pour a quarter size amount of Apple Leather Cleaner on soft clean cloth (best with a pro shine cloth) and apply to problem area of the bag.
- Rub gently in a circular motion to remove the dirt and stain. Do not over rub.
- Wipe off the excess product before letting the bag dry for four (4) hours.
- Check for the stain visibility once the bag is dry. If the stain is still there, repeat step 1-3.
- Use a clean soft cloth and apply Apple Leather Conditioner liberally to the bag and let it dry.
- Buff gently with a horse hair brush
- Finish off with Apple Garde Rain and Stain Repellent to protect the bag from future stains and damage.
To further avoid any chance of color-transfer on your bags do store them properly. Keep them inside dust bags and store away from any source of heat.