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Get Smoke Smell Out of Leather – Easily and with Proper Care

Suppose there’s an auction listing for the perfect leather jacket, but it doesn’t come from a smoke-free home. So how can the smoke smell be removed from a leather jacket? I will answer this and more with easy and proper care methods for getting the smoke smell out of leather.

Getting the smoke smell out of leather is removing odors released from burning material from leather without damaging the fabric. A leather cleaner, baking soda, treatment in an ozone chamber, or just time and patience can eliminate the smoke smell from leather to keep it looking and smelling fresh.

Have you quit smoking and now want to remove the smoke smell from your favorite leather purse? Or do you want to fix your leather pants after they absorbed the odor from a small bedroom fire? Let’s check out some variations and tips for how to get the smoke smell out of leather.

What Is Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather?

Getting the smoke smell out of leather is treating leather to remove the particles and odors caused by cigarettes, cigars, campfires, and other forms of smoke. Because leather tends to absorb odors, eliminating the smoke smell from leather can be challenging. However, with time and the proper leather treatments, most smoke odors can dissipate or be neutralized. 

What We’ll Explore

  • Clearing up Myths & Misconceptions
  • Reasons You Might Choose to Get Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • Variations or Styles of Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather Overview Table
  • Skill Level of Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • Tools and Supplies Needed for Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Leather Step by Step
  • How to Get Better at Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • My Personal Research on Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • Helpful Insights on Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather
  • Key Takeaways
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Clearing Up Myths & Misconceptions

One myth about smoke and leather is that smoke isn’t a big deal, but this is untrue because leather is porous and even more so when exposed to heat. When there’s smoke near leather, the particles and soot emitted into the air can be easily absorbed into the material, making removing the smoke smell from leather more challenging.

Another common misconception about smoke is that it’s a one-and-done type of damage to the leather. The truth is the longer smoke is left in leather, the more damage it can do, making it nearly impossible to remove the odor.

Reasons You Might Choose To Get Smoke Smell Out of Leather

According to research by Bai et al. published in the Journal of Leather Science and Engineering, some functional leather has flame-retardant and smoke-suppressive properties; however, it is still not immune to absorbing smoke smells. There are a few reasons one might choose to get the smoke smell out of leather. 

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One is due to the smell of cigarette smoke in leather items. Cigarette smoke leaves behind an odor in leather and other materials, which can be unpleasant to non-smokers. Quitting smoking can be an excellent reason to get the smoke smell out of leather, as continually smelling smoke can trigger a desire for a cigarette. 

Another reason is in the case of a fire. Whether in a room or house fire, leather items left in a fire will absorb the smell of smoke. Regardless of the type of smoke, the smell is pungent and sometimes overwhelming, which is a good reason to get the smoke smell out of leather.

Variations or Styles of Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

Thankfully, there are several variations of getting smoke smell out of leather. The process can usually be accomplished with items one already has on hand. Here are possible methods for getting the smoke smell out of leather:

  1. Time – The first step and method to try is simply waiting. By removing the leather item from the smoke source, most smoke smells will disappear over time, although it can take months. 
  2. Cleaning – Place a small amount of liquid leather cleaner on a microfiber cloth or old t-shirt and gently wipe non-absorbent leather items to help minimize smoke odors. (In general, follow the manufacturer’s directions when using a leather product and do a trial test in an inconspicuous place to check for color changes or damage.) 
  3. Baking soda – Place the leather item in a container with a lid with one to two open boxes of baking soda. Remove after 24 hours to see if the smoke smell is gone. 
  4. Ozone – Treatment from a professional cleaning company in an ozone chamber will counteract the smoke smell in leather. Some professional services have chambers large enough for furniture.

Most methods for getting the smoke smell out of leather can be repeated until the smell is gone, but only clean leather items twice. To prevent damaging leather, it’s best to consult a professional leather cleaner with stubborn smoke smells. Always condition the leather once this has been accomplished.

Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather Overview Table

Area of PreparationDetails
TechniqueGetting Smoke Out of Leather
Overall Level of Skill (1-5)4
Time to Complete (minutes/hours)60 minutes–7 days
Workspace NeededLarge enough for the leather item
Skills NeededLeather cleaning skills
Tools and Supplies NeededLeather cleaner, leather conditioner, microfiber towels, baking soda, a container with a tight lid
Key Helpful TipRepeat treatment for stubborn smoke smells.
How To Get Smoke Out of Leather

Skill Level of Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

Getting the smoke smell out of leather is a bit more advanced than cleaning leather products, but it also doesn’t require much skill. Some variations are easier than others, and some methods work better. It’s all about the technique and how much hands-on time is required. 

To prevent damaging leather, it’s best to consult a professional leather cleaner with stubborn smoke smells.

Tools and Supplies Needed for Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

Depending on the method chosen to get the smoke smell out of leather, a few supplies are needed. Some of these may already be on hand, especially when one owns leather products.

  1. Microfiber towels or old t-shirts
  2. Leather cleaner
  3. Leather conditioner
  4. Container with a lid
  5. Baking Soda

How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Leather Step by Step

Once you have the proper supplies for your chosen method, it’s time to get the smoke smell out of the leather item. Here is a step-by-step on how to do this easily using baking soda and a container with a tight lid:

  1. Place the leather item to be deodorized inside the container.
  2. Place one or two open boxes of pure baking soda inside the container, but not on the leather itself.
  3. Place the lid on the container and allow the baking soda time to absorb the smoke odor from the leather item.
  4. After 24 hours, remove the leather item from the container to see if it still has a smoke odor. 
  5. If the smell remains, place it back in the container with the lid on for another 24 hours.
  6. Once the smoke smell is out of the leather, it’s best to use a leather conditioner to protect the fabric. (Using a leather conditioner may also help reduce the smoke smell.)

How to Get Better at Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

So how does one get better at getting the smoke smell out of leather? It just takes practice. Follow the step-by-step process and if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again. Or one may choose a different method for getting the smoke smell out, as long as the leather is kept conditioned to prevent cracking.

My Personal Research on Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

To learn more about smoke smell and leather, I asked friends and family members which types of smoke they thought lasted the longest on their leather items. Here is a table representing the percentages of their responses and what I learned from the poll about how long smoke smells last on leather items.

Type of SmokeTimes Selected
Cigarette smoke33%
Campfire smoke17%
Cigar smoke28%
Housefire smoke17%
Charcoal smoke (BBQ smoke)5%
Type of Smoke That Lasts the Longest on Leather

Tips for Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

When it comes to getting the smoke smell out of leather, it takes patience and time. Never use too much liquid leather cleaning product to prevent stains and mold. Test new products in an inconspicuous spot to check colorfastness.

Repeat odor removal methods if the smoke smell isn’t gone. Condition leather after cleaning to keep it moisturized, and a bonus is that sometimes the conditioner is all it takes to remove the smoke smell from the leather.

Check out this helpful video for more tips and tricks for getting smoke and other smells out of leather purses and handbags.

Helpful Insights On Getting Smoke Smell Out of Leather

How long does it take to get smoke out of leather?

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Depending on your chosen method, it can take anywhere from 60 minutes to months to get the smoke smell out of leather. Cleaning leather to remove the smoke smell may only take one hour, but eliminating it by airing it out can take months.

Can you get smoke smell out of a leather car?

Yes, one can get the smoke smell out of a leather car with several methods, including opening the windows and airing the vehicle out, cleaning the interior with a proper leather cleaner, or using citrus fruit peels and odor eliminators inside the car.

Can you get smoke smell out of leather seats?

Yes, one can get smoke smell out of leather seats with several methods, including properly ventilating the leather seats or using a leather cleaner and conditioner.

How do I get cigarette smoke out of a leather purse?

Cigarette smoke can be removed from a leather purse using a leather cleaner and conditioner or baking soda in a closed container or by properly airing out the leather purse.

How do I get the smoke smell out of a leather coat?

To get the smoke smell out of a leather coat, use a leather cleaner and conditioner, place the leather coat inside a closed container with one or two open boxes of baking soda for 24 hours, or simply air it out. 

Key Takeaways

  1. Repeat any smoke smell removal process as needed until the smoke smell is gone from leather items.
  2. Always condition leather after cleaning to help remove the smoke smell.
  3. If one method doesn’t remove the smoke smell from the leather, try another method.

In Closing

Leather products are an investment, and whether someone currently smokes or an item is from a smoker, it’s always a good idea to clean and condition the leather. All it takes is patience, a few general household items, and sometimes repetition. Which method sounds the best?

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