Soap stain on leather
July 25, 2011 6:52 PM   Subscribe

How to remove savon noir from leather?

I just received a package of wonderful Morroccan gifts, including a teal leather "poof" footstool-like thing and a jar of savon noir. Unfortunately the jar had cracked and the soap leaked on the leather. Google does not provide a conclusive answer regarding what's in the soap but it seems to be made of oils rather than detergent-like substances. Any tips on how to remove it from the leather?

When I wiped off the excess soap with a paper towel, it lifted a little of the teal dye, so it's clear the leather isn't color-fast. The soap stain is in a very visible spot so I'll have to be careful. Thank you!
posted by TrixieRamble to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
What's the leather finish like? Smooth or more like suede. Any embroidery or the like?

Soap is, by definition, water soluble. If you keep wiping the whole thing down with a wet rag, like your cleaning it with saddle soap, that should, eventually, even things out and hide the stain.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 7:21 PM on July 25, 2011

Response by poster: It's smooth leather, with a design stitched into the part with the stain (not really embroidered).

I'll try the damp rag carefully to avoid messing up the dye. Thank you!
posted by TrixieRamble at 8:48 PM on July 25, 2011

worst-case scenario: you need to re-color a section of the's never going to be perfect, but try this technique: using a paint pen or acrylic paint that matches as closely as possible, dab a tiny bit on where the dye is missing, and, while it's still wet, blot most of it off with a paper towel (ie: just staining it lightly with color), repeat when dry until it blends in smoothly...
posted by sexyrobot at 9:03 PM on July 25, 2011

I was able to remove pink hair dye from a white leather couch using hairspray. sounds crazy, but it worked - you may want to google it to be sure, and definitely test the hairspray on the underside or somewhere that doesn't show first
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 2:21 AM on July 26, 2011

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