It’s not a great look when your pristine white leather lounge or leather armchair shows up with discoloured leather from a dye transfer.

The good news? We can help you with fixing it.

How Do I Get Discoloured Leather From A Dye Transfer?

Discoloured leather from a dye transfer is caused typically by wet clothes left forgotten sitting on the leather overnight or for an extended period of time.

It can also occur whilst wearing new, highly pigmented clothes like jeans or dyed pants and sitting on your leather lounge.

Another cause for dye transfer is newspaper left sitting on your leather lounge, where you will see an imprint of ink left on the leather.

What Type Leather Is At Risk From A Dye Transfer?

The most vulnerable leather is white or light coloured grey or beige leather lounges and leather armchairs. You may also see this dye transfer in your light coloured leather car seats.

There are different types of leather and some are more susceptible to damage than others. It’s best to consult with a leather expert before you attempt any DIY leather cleaning in case you make the issue worse, and the repair job will end up being more difficult.

What Can I Do About Discoloured Leather?

So when these accidents happen, the dye from clothes or ink from newspaper will seep into the top layer of the leather lounge and it gets embedded in the leather pigments.

General cleaning is not an option anymore. The damage has gone too far into the leather.

The only way to repair a dye transfer is to recolour the damaged area by exactly matching the existing colour of your leather lounge or leather armchair.

These are some images from a recent dye transfer repair we carried out for a local, Gold Coast client:


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They were very happy with the results, and loved seeing their favourite chair brought back to coloured life.

How Can We Help You?

These complex leather repairs (including leather discolouration) are what we specialise in at Gold Coast Leather Cleaning and Repair. Our Head Technician is a leather expert and versed in all kinds of leather repairs.
With a repair of discoloured leather from a dye transfer, this kind of repair is permanent and it’s our company policy to give our customers a 12 months warranty on these repairs.
Request a quote today by filling in this form, or calling JB on 0435 038 774.

If you’re looking for tips on how to care for your leather lounge between professional cleans, you’re in the right place.

There are some key steps to take to ensure you can care for your leather lounge in the best possible way, and keep it in the best condition possible for a long time to come.

Leather furniture will give you many years of reliable relaxation, but you must take care of it to give it the best chance at survival!

Your leather lounge or leather armchairs will start to discolour or disintegrate when these things happen:

Care For Your Leather Lounge: Clean Off Body Oils & Sweat

When your leather furniture is exposed to everyday use it can quickly accumulate residual body oils and sweat. Often body oils and sweat are the number one cause of leather discolouring and deterioration. You’ll see this on the corners of your leather lounge that are most often touched. The headrest, armrest, leg roll or foot stopper. Body oils and sweat are absorbed by the leather and accumulate on top of the surface of the leather, leading to cracks, peels and holes in the leather. It can also lead to discoloured patches.

Because we naturally produce body oils and sweat, there’s not too much we can do to avoid exposing our leather furniture to this kind of contact APART from expertly cleaning, repairing and most importantly conditioning the leather.

At Gold Coast Leather Cleaning and Repairs, we condition all the leather lounges we care for after a deep clean, using safe and Australian made speciality leather cleaning products. The conditioning goes a long way to protect the leather for absorbing and holding onto body oils and sweat between cleans.

Care For Your Leather Lounge: Minimise Contact With Dirt & Grime

If you love nothing more than relaxing on your leather lounge with the whole family, you’re not alone! However, all those little fingers and little toes can lead to dirt, grime and debris building up on your leather furniture. Dirt (bacteria), grime and body oils and sweat (when left unattended) will accumulate on top of your leather, absorb into your leather and start to wreak havoc on your leather lounge. Cracking, Peeling, Holes, Discolouration and even rips in your leather can appear.

You can help to minimise contact with dirt and grime by insisting on washing hands and feet before any meals on the couch, and with daily gentle wipe downs of your leather lounge.

The best way to care for your leather lounge is to schedule a professional deep clean, conditioning and if needed, repairing of any small rips and tears before they become big issues.


Care For Your Leather Lounge: Be Mindful Of Pets, Pens and Pencils

Eeek, is that your toddler with a pen, drawing on your leather lounge? So often, pen marks, accidental pen or pencil punctures and scratches by pets that are left to treat the leather lounge as their personal scratching post can leave leather lounges in a dire condition. If your lounge has suffered a pen mark or pen puncture, before turning to DIY Google recommendations, please call a professional (or me) who will be able to help you with the best tips on how to rectify the situation and restore the leather to appear as if perfect, again. Pet scratches take a little more time and expertise, however it is possible to repair even deep pet scratches.


For more tips, keep reading the blog.
For a simple quote from us to clean and condition your leather lounge, armchair or furniture, click here.

Take care of what you love.



There’s a reason you buy a leather lounge: it looks good and feels better.

But what happens over time to your leather?

It gets dirty, can get torn or cut accidentally, and sometimes, due to wear and tear the stitching can start to come apart.

Here are the reasons why your leather lounge seams are coming apart and what to do about it.

Why Your Leather Lounge Seams Are Coming Apart?

1) Old Age

The older your lounge, the higher the chances are your seams will start to come apart.

2) Faulty Workmanship

If the lounge is not of great quality or has been put together in a rush by someone who isn’t as much of a perfectionist, then your seams will start to come apart.

3) Wear and Tear

If your lounge handles a lot of use, then wear and tear will occur more often and with more visible signs of damage.

The good news?

At Gold Coast Leather Cleaning and Repair we can help you with your leather lounge tearing when you notice the seams on your leather lounge coming apart.

Time Is Of The Essence

Like with most stitching, the best time to take action is when the first few seams start to come apart. The longer you leave it, the more use the lounge has, the more seams open, and the harder it is to fix.

We are qualified at hand stitching and can repair your lounge in no time at all. We are a mobile service, so we can come to your home and hand stitch the delicate seams on your leather lounge and keep them together.

So if your leather lounge seams are coming apart, call us now on 0435 038 774 for a hassle-free quote or click here.

Take Care of what you love.


Do you know the number one cause of why your leather lounge is dirty?

Spoiler alert… it’s You!

Being a natural product sourced from animals, leather is not as robust and indestructible as people imagine. Your leather lounge gets dirty easily and fastly absorbs substances like oils and sweat.

In order to see your leather last a long time in your home, it needs proper care and ongoing maintenance.

The one thing that causes your leather furniture to deteriorate faster than anything else is you!

The everyday use you give to your leather lounge means all the dirt, grime, natural oils, and sweat from your body PLUS any residue from the products you use on your hair and skin can cause havoc on the condition and structure of your leather lounge.

The substances you leave behind on your leather can cause the top layers of the leather to break down, this is when you can see peeling or cracking. The overtime, the substances can penetrate the rest of the layers of the leather.

In most cases, this type of damage can be repaired with cleaning, conditioning, and ongoing regular maintenance.

Think about the last time your leather lounge had a professional clean and condition….maybe it’s never had one? The time to invest in a professional clean is now. Your leather lounge will thank you and you’ll rest easy knowing your family is relaxing on nice, clean furniture.

If you invest in genuine leather and take care of it, you will enjoy it for years to come. Your leather lounge is too nice to stay dirty.

So if your leather lounge is dirty, contact us today for a quote! When we come to you and clean your dirty leather lounge, we use gentle, Australian-made, safe cleaning products that are specifically made for leather furniture. We clean your leather lounge by hand, and condition your leather lounge to seal in the clean. The conditioning assists in keeping the leather cleaner for longer.

Take care of what you love.