How to Remove Cigarette Smell From a Leather Couch

Written by melynda sorrels
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How to Remove Cigarette Smell From a Leather Couch
Cigarette smoke clings to any surface it comes in contact with, even leather. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you or guests have been smoking in the house, you may notice that the smell has a tendency to linger long after the cigarette is gone. A concoction of metals, carcinogens and radioactive materials make up the residue that sticks around, clinging onto furniture and walls after the smoke has cleared. A leather couch with an unpleasant smoke smell can appear to present a rather frustrating problem, as leather is known to be a difficult material to clean. With a little care and caution, your leather couch can be smoke-free.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Dry towel
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Remove loose dirt and dust particles from the couch by using the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner.

  2. 2

    Mix warm water and white vinegar together in equal parts.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean soft cloth or sponge into the solution, and wring it out well.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the couch thoroughly with the cloth, making sure to remove the cushions and wipe them down as well.

  5. 5

    Wipe the couch down with a clean, dry towel to remove excess moisture.

  6. 6

    Apply a leather conditioner to the couch as soon as it is completely dry to protect it. Read and follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully for use.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, as this may damage the leather. If you opt to use a commercial product to eliminate the smell, first ensure that it is safe to use on leather.

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