How to Eliminate Smoke Odor From a Leather Chair

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How to Eliminate Smoke Odor From a Leather Chair
Clean your leather chair safely and effectively. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Long after a cigarette is extinguished, the odour hangs around and "third-hand smoke," residual carcinogens and heavy metals, remains on surfaces. If one of those surfaces is your leather chair, getting rid of the smoke residue and odour requires a cleaner that will not damage the leather. With certain cleaners and care, you can remove the residue and eliminate the odour from your leather chair.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
  • Leather cleaner or saddle soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Towel
  • Fan
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Vacuum your leather chair with the brush attachment to pick up loose dust and particles.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the chair with a soft cloth or sponge and a leather cleaner or saddle soap according to product instructions.

  3. 3

    Wipe away the soap with a water-dampened soft cloth or sponge wrung out thoroughly. Excess moisture can damage your leather chair.

  4. 4

    Dry the chair with an absorbent towel.

  5. 5

    Point a fan at the leather chair for 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle baking soda over your leather chair liberally and leave it undisturbed overnight.

  7. 7

    Vacuum up the baking soda in the morning.

Tips and warnings

  • Use only soft materials on leather as it is easily scratched.
  • Commercial cleaning products may contain harsh chemicals which can damage leather. Only use products specifically made for leather.

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