Leather jacket odor

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Old 11-20-16, 09:36 AM
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Leather jacket odor

I have a good quality leather bomber jacket. About 3 years old. Not sure if it was purchased off the rack new or if my wife bought it from Goodwill. But it is high quality and looks as though it was never or rarely worn.

The problem is that it has an odor. A very slight musty smell. It's slight enough to be only noticeable to myself or the wearer.

My wife has used Fabreeze, air it outside and in the sun to no avail. Can leather take on a distinctive order? Any suggestion?
 
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Old 11-20-16, 09:51 AM
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I don't know much about leather jackets, but I'm going to guess that it got at least somewhat wet or damp at some point, and there may be a little mold or mildew going on in between the leather and the lining (I'm assuming it's lined).
If that's the case, you could try taking it to a cleaner that specializes in cleaning leather and see if they can help. Otherwise, I don't think spraying it will do anything.
 
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Old 11-20-16, 09:55 AM
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Lots of suggestions if you Google "leather musty smell". Here's one that seems credible. How to Get Bad Smells out of Leather: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
 
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Old 11-20-16, 10:05 AM
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I don't think it ever got wet or left damp.
Maybe it was put up for sale because of the odor.
I don't want to have it professionally dried cleaned. That will negate the "bargain price" she paid for it and there is no guaranty that it will work.

Ray,

Great site. I'll show this to my better half and see what she thinks.
 
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Old 11-20-16, 10:43 AM
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Of all those suggestions, I think I'd try the leather cleaner and conditioner first. However, I still think the problem is between the fabrics and not sure any of those things will help.
 
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Old 11-20-16, 10:45 AM
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I wonder if it just needs airing out ?? I had one car with leather seats that would develop a peculiar odor if it stayed parked for an extended period. Once the car went back to being used regular the odor went away.
 
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Norm said they already tried airing it out and it didn't work.
 
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Old 11-20-16, 10:53 AM
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oops, I missed that .........
 
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Old 11-23-16, 09:06 AM
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Hi! I recomend to use an orange peel (for 1 jacket 3-4 oranges). Hang the jacket on hanger and wipe it by peels. This should be done carefully, not missing a centimeter. Must use all the fresh peel. Orange peel absorbs odors. This is a pretty effective way.
 
 

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