Leather or vinyl chair stains


Old 05-20-09, 12:13 PM
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Leather or vinyl chair stains

My office chair at work is a light bone color. I'm not sure if it is leather or a synthetic of some type. I wear dark pants everyday, and they have faded onto the seat of the chair. Does anyone know of anything that will remove that type of stain?
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Old 05-20-09, 12:21 PM
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Try an automotive leather and vinyl cleaner...although something as simple as KrudKutter (available at most home centers and hardware stores ) might work just as well. One of the best multipurpose cleaners I've ever used.
Old 05-25-09, 01:34 AM
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sounds like a condition known as crocking were a dye transfers onto another surface from a dry condition and friction....most of the time this is not a cleanable situation...some of it may be soil load...but i think it may be a permanenet situation....ask for another chair if you company is easy going
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d-Limonene (a citrus rind derivative) is effective in dye-transfer removal. I've seen it on ebay for pretty cheap. It's safe for use on both finished leathers and vinyl, and it's low-tox. Alcohols are also effective against dye-transfer, though you'd need to be careful if your chair is really leather. The finish on it may be chemically sensitive to full-strength alcohols, such as denatured alcohol which is commonly available in hardware stores (typically ethanol mixed with methanol). You could test rubbing alcohol on the areas (70% Isopropanol, 30% water) as the water present in the mixture will lessen the chemical aggressiveness. Always test a small, inconspicuous area first.

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