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Anyone know how to get rid of cigarette smoke from an item?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11273points) February 24th, 2012

A friend sent me a very old leather wallet used for storing papers…basically it looks like a bookcover and it has a clasp. The inside is made of cloth and the outside is made of a very soft leather.
She found in in a shop and thought I would like it (I do.)

However, it really really really really stinks to high heaven of ciggie smoke.

I have tried putting it next to a fan to air it out (no dice). Aromatic oils…slipped inside…it just smells like oils covering up smoke.

Any ideas?

Thank you!

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Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Leather is the hardest thing to get smoke smell out of. Try using leather lotion and a soft cloth on the leather parts, and spray Febreze on the cloth parts. After that all dries, put a dryer sheet in it and close it up for a while. The smell will eventually go away.

AmWiser's avatar

In addition to @Skaggfacemutt great idea, try letting baking soda sit inside the pouch for several days.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Take a brown paper bag. Fill the bottom with baking soda. Put the wallet in the bag and tightly roll down the top of the bag.

Leave the wallet in the bag. Ideally, you’d leave the wallet in for a few days, up to a week.

Then take it out and see if the smell has subsided. If not, you’ll need to do this process again. This is the same process for old/vintage books

Leather is difficult to remove odors from. Getting the leather wet, will just re-activate the odors trapped in it. Try to keep the leather dry during this process.

Afterwards, you could try to seal the odor in with leather oil (if this item was oiled originally). If it wasn’t oiled, just try to keep it dry.

jca's avatar

I’d say wipe it with a damp rag or paper towel, to get off any nicotine that’s on it. then put it outside for a day or two and see if that works.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

I love the Fluther! I love the Jellies…better than good old Heloise you are!
Thank you….I’m going everything you suggested and (if I don’t forget) I’ll report what happened.

Bless all you lovelies! I am sending mega-lurve to all!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

A great cleaning agent for leather is Saddle Soap. I grew up in the South, so it was available just about everywhere, including Wal Mart. I don’t know where you are @DarlingRhadamanthus , but you should be able to find it at a shop that sells Western style boots or a farm supply store. It can really work wonders. The other ideas above are all good ones, too.

Zaku's avatar

I have had luck with a product called Fresh Wave, which can deodorize cigarette smoke from an entire room or car interior. It’s a plastic tub of gel that you leave open in/near the thing/area to deodorize, and leave it there.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Try wiping it with a barely damp cloth, then rub it down really well with some type of leather lotion.

Kardamom's avatar

Here is a Guide that lists several different methods of removing cigarette stench from leather. After you’ve tried everything from above, maybe one of these will work if nothing else does. I’m crossing my fingers for you : )

HungryGuy's avatar

Put it in an airlock (open to space) overnight.

I’m totally serious. This will work.

Judi's avatar

Stick it in a garbage bag with an open bag of charcoal briquettes for a week.

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