If you’ve ever bought a pair of new jeans, most people will know that it’s good to wash them separately. Or if you want to give old jeans a colour boost wash new with old jeans. The reason we need to keep those new jeans in washing isolation is due to the potential colour run from the dye. Although a lot of people know about colours running in the wash, not too many people also think about the effect new jeans can have on light coloured sofas and other upholstered furniture.
Just in the same way new jeans can run in the wash, the heat and moisture of your body can help transfer the dye from jeans on to the seat you are sat on. Which, if you have a light coloured sofa can spell trouble.
This type of colour bleed isn’t the exclusive domain of jeans and denim. Any garment that sports a caution label, stating that the item should be washed separately could cause a colour bleed sofa nightmare.
How to avoid the new jeans and stained sofa problem.
The easiest way is wash these type of garments a few times before you wear them. Often though this isn’t something we want to do and may actually want that dark dye look to last. So if you’re worried about colour transferring, you could always sit on something that’s easier to clean than a sofa.
Use a towel or even a piece of paper, although this my seem crazy, it’s a lot cheaper than having the sofa cleaned.
Of course you could also stay stood up, or better still wash the garment prior to sitting on a light coloured piece of upholstery. Be aware though that even when the garment has been washed colour bleed may still be an issue until the item has been washed a number of times.
The inevitable stained sofa – problems solved
So you have made an effort, but the pesky dye from your new trousers has stained the sofa. What next?
As with all types of stain the trick is to act as soon as possible. Due to the nature of colour dyes in clothing they can react differently from garment to garment. It’s always best to ring a professional upholstery cleaner, especially if the sofa is valuable, which is often the case, sofas aren’t cheap and worth the proper attention.
We know the internet is a wash with suggestions for removing stains with all manner of things from detergents to vinegar and everything in between. Please remember that if you choose these solutions do so with care. Every type of material used in upholstery is different, different manufactures using different combinations, you name it we’ve seen most. Rather than risk it and end up in a worse mess, call a reputable professional carpet and upholstery cleaner, one with training and backed by the National Carpet Cleaners Association
Manor House are skilled, trained and backed by the National Carpet Cleaners Association, we serve the whole of Wigan and district including the following areas –
If you need an expert sofa, carpet or upholstery cleaner then look no further than Manor House of Wigan.