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Warm Leather to Remove Smoke Odor

Here is what I did: I heated up the leather article in the oven! My idea is that the tobacco smell arrived by heat and through the air, so maybe it can depart again the same way.


To do this, I put the leather item into the oven at the lowest setting (150 degrees F) for about an hour and a half. I opened the oven (and the outside door of the kitchen) several times along the way to let the newly-evaporated tobacco tars and oils escape.

And it worked. It worked really well. About 95% of the tobacco smell was gone. There was no detectable "drying out" effect on the natural oils in the leather at all. If there had been, I would have applied replacement oils from a bottle of leather conditioner that I already owned.


I'm posting in the hope that this will help someone else with the same problem.

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July 11, 20150 found this helpful

Belinda Raycraft!
I found this artical! Might be worth a try, but could smell up your house!

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March 24, 20160 found this helpful

You are an angel, haven't tried it yet but will today. I have tried sprays, essential oil tee tree, curry sage, nada.


I make bags from leather and fabric I find at thrift stores. Hope this works.

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May 15, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks to this post I was braver about washing the smelly bag I got from ebay then put in in low heat dryer with the shoe rack accessory to prevent it from tumbling. I also put a bag of Gonzo deodorizer volcano rocks next to it. Ran it for a couple of hours, (30 minutes 4 times, stopping to check to make sure it did not dry out the leather or peel the painted art). That did the job!

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February 17, 20170 found this helpful

This is the BEST thinking. I love the way you thought this out, it also makes great sense. Thank you. It didn't help me but only because I don't have a oven big enough for my sofa :) but if I ever have anythng smaller I will definitely use this technique.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

This won't work on my leather office chair, but I wish it would.

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July 4, 20170 found this helpful

Heating your leather in an oven is a bad idea based on incorrect information. The temperature of cigarette smoke upon exhale is 86 - 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

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