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Q: removing smell of leather from couches ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: removing smell of leather from couches
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: jjj-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 30 Apr 2003 00:36 PDT
Expires: 30 May 2003 00:36 PDT
Question ID: 197350
I recently got a new leather couch.  What's a good way of safely
getting rid of the leather smell?
Subject: Re: removing smell of leather from couches
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 30 Apr 2003 11:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello jjj,

Thank you for your question.

I agree with the comment below that most people actually desire the
smell of leather. However, not all...

"How do you get the smell OUT?

The "leather" smell is so strong on a few pieces in the house that you
can't even stay in the same room with them! Any ideas on how to get
rid of that "skunky" leather odor?


...If it's flat leather or leather furniture, I'd suggest a good
saddle soap. Once washed, find a hand lotion or baby lotion you like
the aroma of and rub it down. Good leather only lasts because the oil
keeps it moist and supple. Once your remove the oils, it'll become
brittle if not re-treated..."

A testimonial at the Environmental Air Sponge page claims it removes
leather odors:

“I own and operate a shoe and boot repair shop and use lots of
different glues, solvents and other “smelly” stuff. I recently bought
the environmental Sponge to see if that would work in getting rid of
these smells. I have used other “air cleaners and odor reducers” and
they did not work so I was expecting this to be the same. I was very
shocked when this product not only got rid of litter box odor but also
glue, solvents, rubber and leather odors also. I love this product!!!”

A page on antiques lists the following for leather odors:

"Stinky Leather           

Tomato soup or paste will remove unpleasant smells on your leather
sofa or other leather attire."

I'm not sure I would try this one, however. But...

"What an incredible product. I purchased a very expensive leather
purse on ebay, and didn't ask if it came from a "smoking" or
"Non-smoking" home...I was very upset with myself when it came in the
mail. It stunk sooo bad I could smell it when still in the fully
covered shipping box, through layers
of bubble wrap. I tried everything, and nothing worked, in fact it got
worse. I have listened to the Queen for years, and so I gave Odorzout
a shot, what did I have to lose? I had to put in and remove the
granules 3 times, and on the outside also, as instructed by your
wonderful customer service person, and vacuum it out with an
attachment. I couldn't believe the results! No more stink, at all!!!!
I was dumbfounded, but deliriously happy!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! "

This product might be worth a try. Seems to be available at PetSmart

"No Stink, Inc. Proudly Introduces its Newest Line of ODORZOUT 

All Purpose: Granules

ALL PURPOSE - Eliminated odors (old or new). Pet odors, urine from the
carpet, padding and flooring. Smoker odors (non flammable in an ash
tray), mildew (product absorbs odors and moisture). Kids room odor (if
you can find the carpet). Great in hampers, gym bags, lockers.

Works on ANY SURFACE indoors or outdoors.

Take the odor out of the COMPLETE room, just by applying to the floor.

Use in kennel, crates and runs. With small animals birds and

I decided to call and ask them about leather furniture - 1.800.88STINK

The customer service rep said that this will work for you
unquestionably. He advised:

Instead of putting this on the leather furniture, put thin towels down
on the floor around the furniture. Then sprinkle their All Purpose on
these towels. Put a fan on to move the air. Leave overnight.

The next day, dump the used granules in your yard and they will "go
back to nature". Repeat if necessary.

So, I think we have a readily available solution for you!
The products can also be ordered online, if you choose:

  ALL PURPOSE, 875 grams, $18.99*   
  ALL PURPOSE, 2 Gal Bucket, $79.99**   
  ALL PURPOSE, 5 Gal Bucket, $149.99**
    -includes a FREE bottle of Foot Powder 

From their FAQ's page (Frequently Asked Questions):

"How much area will a 875g bottle of "All Purpose" cover?

If used correctly by SPRINKLING LIGHTLY, rather than pouring, it will
cover 800 to 1,000 sq’, one time.
How do I apply the "All Purpose"?

SPRINKLE lightly, leave 24 hours, remove and reapply if necessary. 
Remember it works better using less more times, rather than a lot at
Will the "Pet" or the "All Purpose" hurt me or my pet? 
No, the products are 100% natural and are safe for pets and people
too! .."

Search Strategy:

remove OR removing +leather +smell OR odor

I trust my research has found a solution for you. If a link above
should fail to work or anything require further explanation or
research, please do post a Request for Clarification prior to rating
the answer and closing the question and I will be pleased to assist


jjj-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Awesome answer.  Thanks.

Subject: Re: removing smell of leather from couches
From: ieradicator-ga on 30 Apr 2003 01:15 PDT
I looked everywhere to find an answer and you know what struck me?

that you are against the tide! everyone loves the smell of leather and
are also talking of enhancing it in new leather products. i wish you
well in your quest though!

i eradicator
Subject: Re: removing smell of leather from couches
From: clouseau-ga on 30 Apr 2003 13:58 PDT
My pleasure, jjj.

Thank you for the rating and the tip.


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