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how to clean cologne smell out of leather chair

Hello, I purchased a beautiful executive leather office chair at a yard sale for super-cheap. It's in like-new condition, and it's like sitting on a cloud. Maybe they shouldn't make work chairs so comfortable, because I've napped in it a few times now.
The only problem is that it has a smell of men's cologne. It's not obnoxious, fairly faint, but I'd, well, rather not smell like men's cologne to be honest.

I've sprayed it with vinegar multiple times, to no avail. It was out in the very hot sun for entire days at this yard sale and that didn't help.

Can anyone recommend a DIY fragrance removing solution that actually works, and won't damage the leather? Preferably one that is a home remedy and not a project to purchase, but at this point I"m open to suggestions.
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While the smell of leather is typically pleasing, sometimes it carries with it a few unpleasant surprises in the scent department, especially in leather furnishings or clothing. Secondhand or used furniture may reek of stale cigars or cigarettes. Furniture tucked away in a damp and dark storage unit for years may smell musty; a garage-sale leather chair was clearly, by its scent, Fido's favorite place to nap. In each case, a fresh-air treatment and a little hands-on care render that leather furniture fresh enough to sit on once again without plugging your nose.



A Breath of Fresh Air

Fresh air works wonders to release those set-in odors from leather furniture. A sunny, or at least non-humid, day is best, as moisture sometimes contributes to odors such as mustiness. Leave the furniture out all day or as many hours as possible during daylight hours, since the sunlight also helps reduce those awful odors. Remove every cushion that comes off the furniture to air out those pieces as well, propping them up against a table or the side of the sofa vertically for maximum exposure to air. If you can't take the items completely outdoors, place them in a screened porch or well-ventilated room with a ceiling fan and plenty of daylight.

Baking Soda: Scent Reducer

Baking soda removes stale odors from a sofa, just as it does in the refrigerator. Sprinkle it liberally all over the leather furniture, including the back, armrests, cushions and the area beneath the cushions, if the cushions are removable, then vacuum the powder away after an hour or two. If the cushions are fixed in place, stuff some newspaper between the cushions or into any visible crevices, sprinkle baking soda on the paper and let it sit for a few hours or even a few days. The paper and baking soda team up to remove funky furniture smells.

Victory With Vinegar

White vinegar on leather both cleans the surface and combats odors. Spritz a mixture of half vinegar, half water over all leather areas, including cushions, and allow it to air dry for 10 minutes or so in a well-ventilated, dry area before wiping away the vinegar. If the cushions are removable, be sure to spray the reverse side, as well as the area beneath the cushions. Repeat the process if the furniture still smells less than fresh.

Action Against Mildew

If the furniture smells a bit musty or moldy, chances are it was stored in dark, dank conditions for a long period of time. Such conditions are ripe for mold or mildew, which are indicated by small specks or spots on the furniture. Wipe down the spots with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or lint-free cloth. Once the spots are gone and the furniture has time to thoroughly air out in a dry area, the odor should disappear as well.

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Cigar and cigarette smoke odors usually need airing out the furniture. Needless to mention the stink if they are tucked away in the damp and dark storage unit for years. A fresh-air treatment and a little hands-on care would do the trick. Regular maintenance is also a big factor in the life of your leather mattress. Check this article on how to maintain your leather sofas clean http://www.surplusfurniture.com/blog...-leather-sofa/ . For leather sofas usually the scent reducer is baking powder which removes stale odors. Just sprinkle it liberally all over the leather furniture, back, armrests, cushions and the area beneath the cushions. After an hour or so vacuum the powder away. Another option is vinegar. Small specks are characteristics of dampness, which need to be wiped away with alcohol.
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Try out some natural methods...it would be the best and it really works.
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Try out some natural methods...it would be the best and it really works.

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Cigar and cigarette smoke odors usually need airing out the furniture. Needless to mention the stink if they are tucked away in the damp and dark storage unit for years. A fresh-air treatment and a little hands-on care would do the trick. Regular maintenance is also a big factor in the life of your leather mattress. Check this article on how to maintain your leather sofas clean . For leather sofas usually the scent reducer is baking powder which removes stale odors. Just sprinkle it liberally all over the leather furniture, back, armrests, cushions and the area beneath the cushions. After an hour or so vacuum the powder away. Another option is vinegar. Small specks are characteristics of dampness, which need to be wiped away with alcohol.

Are there any commercial cleaners that use something other than one of the Glycol Ethers as the binder and active ingredient? I found out 2-butoxy ethanol and its variants are used in a lot of cleaners, and they make people fairly sick, and if larger dose is inhaled over a few days time, you start to get audial hallucinations-for example, running water sounds like voices in a large crowd. There are ways to remove it, but is there a way to clean it without using this one ingredient set at all?
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