How to Get Odor Out of Leather

How to Get Odor out of Leather. Although leather is durable and attractive
and known for its pleasant, musky smell, it can sometimes absorb less pleasant odors the
more it’s worn. Learn how to clean up and get the smell out
without harming the fabric. You will need Cloth or brush Sunlight Leather
cleaner Newspaper White vinegar Odor remover and time. Step 1. Treat spills or grime, including mold growth,
by brushing the fabric with a cloth or a soft, clean brush. Step 2. Air out small leather items, like boots and
purses, in the sun. Mold and mildew grow in moisture, and leather
pores are less likely to harbor odors when they’re dry. Step 3. Use a cleaner or conditioner made specifically
for leather to wipe the fabric clean, add protection against drying and cracking, and
to refresh the smell. Choose a leather conditioner for the type
of leather you have — don’t use a shoe balm on your car upholstery. For all leather types, avoid using saddle
soap, which needs to be rinsed clean and may leave leather with a streaky look or sticky
feel. Step 4. Wrap the leather in newspaper for several
days. The porous newspaper will draw odors and moisture
out of the leather. Step 5. Dip a clean cloth into a mixture of equal
parts distilled white vinegar and water, and gently wipe the surface of the leather with
it. Step 6. Mask the odor by evenly rubbing a leather-safe,
scented oil or a general-purpose liquid odor remover onto the surface with a clean cloth. Step 7. Give it time if all other methods fail to
fully remove the offending odor — smells tend to dissipate with age and use. Did you know The leather baseball glove used
by former President George Bush during his time at Yale is in his Presidential Library
and Museum in College Station, Texas.

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