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How to Remove a Smell From Leather Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Bad smells tend to remain on your leather furniture much longer than stains or spills. Smells such as smoke, urine, food or vomit, can prevent you from fully enjoying your new leather furniture. Remove the smells with baking soda, which has properties that allow it to absorb and neutralise smells. Because the baking soda method does not use water, you can use it to clean both finished and unfinished leather furniture. Only use the rubbing alcohol method to clean finished, or flat, leather.

Sprinkle the area with baking soda. If you would like to add a fragrance to the furniture, add a few drops of essential oil to the baking soda. Do not wet the baking soda or make a paste.

Let the baking soda sit on the furniture for at least two hours.

Vacuum the baking soda with a vacuum hose. Use a hose that has a smooth attachment so that any sharp plastic edges do not scratch the furniture.

Reapply the baking soda if you still notice a smell. Let it sit for another hour and vacuum it up.

Mix one part water with one part rubbing alcohol.

Soak a clean cloth with the mixture and wring as much of it out as possible.

Rub the mixture into the leather furniture. Do not over wet the leather, as this could ruin the texture and condition of the furniture.

Dry the area completely with another clean and dry cloth. Do not let the furniture air dry as this could leave watermarks.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil
  • Vacuum
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cloths
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About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.