How to remove mould odour from leather

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How to remove mould odour from leather
Cleaning mould from leather is simple. (Getty Thinkstock)

Because they're easily damaged, leather items require a special type of care and maintenance. Mould can present a real problem for leather goods, as conventional methods of cleaning can destroy your leather item. Mould itself is a harmful substance, leading to potential health problems. It's an issue that needs to be addressed promptly. Removing mould odour from leather can be a seemingly difficult task, but by using the right materials, you'll never even know it was there.

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Things you need

  • Clean cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol

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  1. 1

    Brush away any mould that may be present with a clean cloth or soft bristle brush. Do this outside or over a bin, and dispose of the mould immediately to get it out of your home.

  2. 2

    Mix isopropyl alcohol and water in equal parts.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean soft cloth into the solution and wring it out to avoid excess moisture getting onto the leather.

  4. 4

    Wipe the area gently to remove all traces of the mould. The odour will go away with the removal of any remaining mould spores or stains.

Tips and warnings

  • Place a fan nearby to quickly dry the area. If the weather permits, set the item outside to help it to air out. Avoid setting the item in direct sunlight as this may cause the leather to fade.
  • Wear gloves, a mask and protective glasses when handling mold.

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