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Musty leather jacket - solution?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Draeger, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,822

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    Hi all. I've been given a leather bike jacket from a mate which was worn once and is like brand new and then was stored away for a couple of years. As a result, it smells a bit musty from storage. Can anyone recommend an odour eliminator which will get rid of the musty smell?

    I pretty much always wear armoured textile Dainese kit 99% of the time and have a Dainese two piece leather suit as well which rarely sees the light of day. But this jacket was going free from my mate plus its plain black rather than bright colours like my Dainese suit so its much less 'in yer face' which suits me to be honest.

    I've never been impressed with the likes of Febreze as it usually only masks the smell for a few days and then wears off. Any suggestions? Ta.
     
  2. MrPotato

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 5, 2017

    Posts: 1,022

    Location: Cambridge

    I've used products intended for car/sofas to remove the smell of new leather, and worked. The one from Furniture clinic is pretty good.
    Agree about Febreze.
     
  3. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,310

    Shower with it (remove liners/armor first), dry it as good as you can relatively quickly (sun/heater/air drier etc...), then use some leather cleaner (some not too aggressive soap will work too) & then some leather polish (stuff for car interiors/sofa will do). Takes a bit of time but should be nice and fresh afterwards.
     
  4. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,822

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    Okay, so I have had it in the washing machine on a delicate low temp wash - no spin cycle. Dried it out yesterday and today. Then applied Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir conditioner after cleaning it lightly with Autoglym leather cleaner. And its came up like brand new and smells much, much better.

    Chuffed.
     
  5. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,310

    I'm always a bit scared of the washing machine, too many settings for me! But good result! Enjoy the jacket.
     
  6. MatteH Oxford

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 26, 2010

    Posts: 1,614

    Location: Wiltshire

    When the weather improves, stick it out in direct sunlight. That will kill off any smells/bacteria
     
  7. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,822

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    Good shout. It has been dry past couple of days so I’ve had it hung out a couple of times, seems to have made a difference.