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Leather jacket stinks - what do I do now? Here we have collected a few helpful tips for cleaning leather for you:

Leather is a material made from tanned animal hide. It is used to make jackets, furniture, shoes, bags, belts, and many other products. Although leather is a very durable material, it is harder to clean than natural or synthetic fabrics. The grain of leather can absorb strong odors such as smoke, food odors, sweat, perfume, mold or the “new leather smell” from the tanning process. In order to get these smells out of the leather, you may have to try a bit and if in doubt you can still have the leather professionally cleaned to avoid damaging the item.

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Use home remedies

  1. Dry wet leather immediately. If the leather is wet or appears covered with mold or mildew, then you need to remove the moisture quickly. The moisture can permanently damage the leather and create an odor that is very difficult to get out. There are several simple ways to dry out the leather:[1]

    • Put the leather in a place in your home that gets indirect sunlight. Direct exposure to bright sunlight can cause the leather to crack, crack, and fade. Find a spot by a window that will filter the sunlight or have privacy screens.
    • Use a blow dryer on low heat. Don't bring the blow dryer too close to the leather, as this could cause the leather to crack or peel off. Run the blow dryer over the leather from a distance to dry out the moisture and avoid large water stains on the leather.
    • Use a clean, dry cloth to rub the leather. This is especially true if you're trying to handle a pair of leather shoes, a leather jacket, or a leather bag. Don't use alcohol-based products or odor-masking products like perfume, and use a clean, dry cloth to rub the leather well. The chemicals in such products can penetrate the pores of the leather and potentially damage the piece.
  2. Wrap the leather part in newspaper or wrapping paper. The porous structure of newsprint and wrapping paper means that both are great for soaking up bad smells from the leather. Always make sure that the leather part is completely dry and that you are using dry newspaper. The loose fibers in newsprint make it softer and more absorbent than other types of paper, such as office paper. [2]

    • Crumple up several layers of newspaper in a box and place the leather part inside. Close the box and leave it sealed for a day or two.
    • Check the leather piece to see if the newspaper successfully removed the bad odor. You may need to leave the leather in the newspaper for another day.
  3. Clean the leather with a vinegar solution. The acid in vinegar is helpful in combating bad odors and the vinegar smell itself - which some people may also find unpleasant - will dissolve along with the other smells in the leather. [3]

    • Before using an acidic cleaning agent on the leather, you should do a spot test to ensure that it does not discolour the leather. Mix equal proportions of distilled white vinegar and water. Take a very small area on the leather piece and dab the vinegar solution on it. If it doesn't discolour or crack the leather, you can clean the whole piece of leather with the vinegar solution.
    • Use a clean cloth to rub the vinegar solution over the surface of the leather.
    • You can also use a spray bottle to spray the vinegar solution on the leather, then rub it clean with a cloth.
    • If the smell is really bad, you can try soaking the leather piece in the vinegar solution for five minutes. Make sure to dry the leather well after the vinegar bath so it doesn't get moldy or moldy.[4]
  4. Seal the leather in a baking soda solution. Baking soda or sodium carbonate is great for soaking up bad smells and is safe to use on leather. You will need baking soda and a pillow case or a lockable freezer bag big enough for your leather piece.[5]

    • Place the leather part in the cushion cover or the freezer bag. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the leather surface. You can also sprinkle the inside of the leather part to remove any odors from inside as well.
    • Tie the end of the cushion cover or seal the freezer bag. Leave the baking soda on overnight or for 24 hours.
    • Remove the baking soda with a handheld vacuum or a clean cloth. Gently wipe off the baking soda to avoid scratching the leather.
    • Repeat the baking soda treatment until the bad smell is gone.
  5. Let the leather age to minimize the odor over time. It is in the nature of leather that odors that it absorbs - whether cigarette smoke or the "new smell" from tanning - decrease over time. Instead of trying to neutralize the smell with perfume or other means (which actually only increases the duration of the smell), you should just use your leather part often. If you can stand the bad smell, you should wear your leather jacket, leather shoes or leather bag every day so that the leather ages faster.[6]

    • The aging process also makes the leather softer because it basically opens the pores of the leather and thus lets out the bad smell.

Use professional products

  1. Buy a leather cleaner. You can find professional leather cleaning products in equestrian stores, shoe stores, or even from a shoemaker. Always use products that are made specifically for leather.[7]

    • Use a dry, clean cloth to rub the detergent on the leather. Most detergents also help to get rid of odors, protect the color and shine of the leather, and prevent the leather from cracking.
  2. Maintain the leather part. You should always treat leather parts with a care product after you've cleaned them. Taking care of the leather will help remove any odors and protect the color and shine of the leather. There are several ways to care for the leather: [8]

    • High quality linseed oil. This is a very effective natural oil to care for your leather clothing and other leather items. Avoid using cheap flaxseed oil as it won't work as well. Use a cloth to massage the flaxseed oil into the leather so that the oil is absorbed by the leather.
    • Shoe polish: The oldest method of caring for leather is also one of the best. Take a liquid shoe care product for leather shoes, leather jackets, and leather bags. For leather boots and shoes, you can also use shoe polish from the can. When cleaning natural leather, consider buying shoe polish that contains carnauba wax and other natural ingredients.
    • Professional Leather Care: This product can be purchased from your local household store. Most leather care products are available as sprays. You spray the care product on the leather surface and the agent is absorbed into the pores of the leather. It then removes all odors and helps bring out the shine of the leather.
    • Avoid using saddle soap on your leather piece. You have to wash them off very well and they can cause the leather to become streaky or have a sticky surface.[9]
  3. Consider having your piece of leather professionally cleaned and maintained. If the odor persists despite home remedies or purchased cleaning products, then maybe it is time to take the part to a cobbler for professional cleaning and care. Depending on the type of leather and the intensity of the smell, you may be able to have the smell removed for a small fee.