How to Clean a Smoke Damaged Leather & Faux Fur Coat

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How to Clean a Smoke Damaged Leather & Faux Fur Coat
Leather is a tough medium to clean, as it is easily damaged. (Genuine blue leather jacket image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

Removing the smell of smoke from fabrics can be a challenge depending on the fabric. Two of the most challenging mediums are leather and faux fur, which are both very delicate and often require a professional's help. If you want to try to remove the smoky smell from your faux fur or leather at home, before resorting to a professional, there are some easy steps you can try in order to banish that bad smell.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • Fur brush
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Large plastic bag
  • Plastic hanger
  • 4 dryer sheets

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mix together 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1/2 cup corn meal. Sprinkle the mixture onto the faux fur and use a fur brush to brush it into the fabric. Let the mixture sit in the fur for a couple of hours, then shake out the faux fur outside. Remove any additional mixture by vacuuming the faux fur.

  2. 2

    Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1/2 cup warm, not hot, water. Take a sponge or cloth and dip it into the mixture and apply a thin layer of the mixture to the leather. Don't soak the leather, just apply a moist layer. Allow the leather to dry in a shaded area.

  3. 3

    Repeat Step 2, two to three times to insure you remove all odour from the fabric. Hang the leather on a plastic hanger, then poke the top of the hanger through your large plastic bag, and tie off the bottom of the bag. Toss a few dryer sheets into the bag through the top hole, and shake the bag a little to move them around.

  4. 4

    Leave your leather garment in the bag for at least two days to truly insure it removes any odour of smoke and comes out with a fresh new smell. You can also do this bag treatment with your faux fur to give it a fresh smell, or if your leather and faux fur are part of the same garment.

Tips and warnings

  • In some cases, removing smoke with home methods may not work without risking damage to the fabrics. If you still have a smoky smell, take your fur and leather garments to the dry cleaner for professional help.
  • You can also try filling a bag with coffee grounds at the bottom, to soak up remaining smells of smoke or vinegar. Baking soda works with this method, too.
  • For leather, if you successfully remove the odour at home, make sure to apply a leather conditioning balm to the leather to keep it looking nice and prevent it from drying out.

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