While dye transfer can happen in cleaning items that combine light and dark colors, it can also happen while a garment is just hanging in your closet! Colors may bleed from one garment to another simply by touching each other especially if there is any moisture involved. Printing on a garment bag or plastic bag can also bleed onto garments.
In most cases, dye bleed can be corrected by a Professional Leather Cleaner who will seal the affected area and refinish the color. Vinyl items that are bonded with spandex, unfortunately, cannot be restored due to the stretch in the fabric. To prevent dye transfer, make sure you separate dark or colored leather garments from lighter garments and avoid using printed plastic bags next to light leather or vinyl garments. For more leather tips, see our post Caring for your Leather.