L.P. asks from Phoenixville, PA on September 21, 2008
How Do I Get "Moldy" Smell Out of Leather?
We recently received an almost new (purchased 2 months ago) leather office chair from a relative. The chair is an excellent condition except for the fact that it smells moldy/mildewy. We've assumed that it spent the 2 months stored in her damp basement. So my question is..how can we get the smell out? Any suggestions are appreciate it.
K.S. answers from Pittsburgh on September 22, 2008
I would wet a towel with Febreze and give it a good rub down. Then let it sit out in the sun to dry out and air out. Good luck!
E.C. answers from Philadelphia on September 22, 2008
There is a product called Leather Life, call ###-###-####, ask for Nancy to place an order. It is the most amazing product for leather I have ever used. I am not sure of the price but it is fairly cheap. Softens protects and smells like leather too! You could also try saddle soap but the Leather Life is much easier to apply and wipe off.
D.W. answers from Philadelphia on September 22, 2008
see if you can find some leather cleaner and conditioner and see if that helps. may be also put it outside in the sun when it is nice for a day when you know it is not going to rain.
C.S. answers from York on September 22, 2008
This might sound strange. But to get the musty smell out of our leather car seats (infant twin boys, parents too sleepy to realize the windows were down during a terrential downpour) we were told to cover it with a new plastic shower curtain and let it "bake" for a day. Worked like a charm, I assume the principle would be the same for a chair.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on September 22, 2008
I've never tried this but I've heard that peanut butter is a great cleaner for leather. Also, have you tried Murphy's Oil Soap? That may do it!
S.P. answers from Scranton on September 22, 2008
It's dead animal. It's probably rotting. Throw it out and get a vinyl one. My mother found one on clearance for $12 last year. You have to shop around for the sales.
A.W. answers from Philadelphia on September 21, 2008
I had a leather love seat that we stored in our basemendt and had the same problem=- I sprayed it with Sol-U-Mel and let it sit outside in the sun for a day- It has been a few months and the smell hasn't returned.