How do you remove odors from leather?


Quick Answer

Remove odors from leather by spraying it with a vinegar and water mixture, allowing the mixture to stand, wiping away the vinegar and moving the dry leather outside for airing. The vinegar helps to remove the odors and clean the surface of the leather.

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  1. Spray the leather

    Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a household spray bottle. Spray a light mist of the mixture onto the leather. If cleaning furniture, remove any cushions and spray both sides of the leather.

  2. Allow the mixture to stand

    Leave the mixture on the leather for a few minutes. This allows the mixture to absorb any odors, as well as loosen any surface dirt.

  3. Wipe away the vinegar

    Use a soft cloth to wipe away the remaining vinegar and water mixture from the leather. Change cloths if they become too dirty.

  4. Air out the leather

    Once the leather is dry after cleaning it with vinegar, move the item outside on a sunny or non-humid day to air the leather out. Humidity tends to make odors, such as those due to mildew, worse. Lift any cushions to ensure air circulation underneath them. Leave the leather outside as many daylight hours as possible. If it is impossible to move the item outside, place it in a well-ventilated room with fans to circulate the air and remove the odors.

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