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Removing Smells From New Leather Clothing

Category Leather
Newly tanned and treated leather can have an unpleasant odor. This is a guide about removing smells from new leather clothing.
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September 5, 20060 found this helpful

I ordered a leather coat, and it smells terrible. I love the smell of leather, but this is not it. Can I fix this?

Marge from Knoxville, IA

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September 5, 20060 found this helpful

You didn't say where you bought it and if it can be returned. I'd say if there's a return policy, just go return it! I don't think you should have to try making it smell better.

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September 7, 20060 found this helpful

The leather has probably been poorly cured. Send it back.

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September 7, 20060 found this helpful

A leather expert told me that many leathers are tanned in horse urine, and "some smell worse than others". I'd take it back to the place I bought it and FAST before Winter sets in. If not possible, I'd send it to a GOOD leather cleaner and take a chance on it being ruined! Afterall, you probably won't wear it as it is anyway, right? I'm not one for tossing anything

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unless it smells really bad. I'm sorry you have to go through this, but perhaps the cleaning will help or he will have a solution. Sometimes a silicone waterproofing will also give it a "CHEMICAL" smell, is that the kind of smell? If not, try spraying it with a can of that sold for leathers (NOT SUEDES) at leather
stores and shoe stores. It's about $ 8.00 or so, but
likely worth it to you. Spray and smell IT before you
buy it. Each brand smells different, some BETTER than others! LOL Good luck and God bless you.

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February 26, 2012

I just bought a new belt for my daughter last week. It had a rather strong smell of leather to it. She hates the smell, but loves the belt. Does anybody have a suggestion on how to remove that gross smell?

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By Gladys from Chelsea, MA

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February 28, 20120 found this helpful

You cold try this. Pad or remove the buckle, and tumble in the dryer with 2-3 fabric softener sheets. Hang to air outside. This worked on a leather jacket i had the same problem with. Hope this helps.

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