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How to get rid of the chemical smell in faux leather items?

June 22, 2013 — 7 Comments

Usually, the chemical smell in faux leather items is going to disappear within a period of three to five weeks after manufacturing, but sometimes, if the manufacturers are not careful enough, they are going to use more chemicals and low quality faux leather fabrics, these are totally okay to use, but they tend to be very smelly because they have not been treated with the right chemicals.

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Getting rid of the chemical smell in faux leather is a bit tricky and totally different from the process you would use for getting rid of the smell of real leather, but I’m going to share with you some amazing techniques that will not only work quickly for you, but they will also give your faux leather items a great shine and look to them.00030

The first way to get rid of the chemical smell in your faux leather items is by using odor eaters.

Odor eaters are amazing, they are going to simply absorb the excess smells very quickly and efficiently, what I really love about other eaters is that they can be used for every “smelly” material!

They are also very cheap, they are made out of charcoal, and available in most stores.

Here is how you apply odor eaters to get rid of the chemical smell in faux leather:

Take a plastic bag, according to the size of your faux leather item, and fill it with odor eaters, it all depends on the faux leather item you want to treat, if it is a large one, like a jacket, use at least four odor eaters, however if it is a small one, use just one odor eater, then lay your faux leather item and cover it again with odor eaters.

Next, close the plastic bag tightly and leave it in a dark place for two weeks.

I know that two weeks are going to sound like a lot of time, but the reality is that it is necessary to totally let the odor eaters absorb the chemical smells completely.

The next technique to get rid of the chemical smells, and only use this one if they are not that strong, is to apply vinegar.

Vinegar is also amazing at getting rid of nasty smells, what I like about vinegar is that it is very affordable and also available in most homes.

However, don’t apply fancy vinegars, like balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar!

These are not only useless and a waste of time and resources, but they are also going to stain your faux leather products and items.

The best kind of vinegar to use to disinfect and get rid of the chemical smells in faux leather is white vinegar.

Mix one glass of white vinegar with two glasses of warm water, then take a dry cloth and wipe the inside and outside of your faux leather item, if the inside is not accessible, don’t do it, just wipe the outside thoroughly.

Usually it will take you more than two tries to get rid of the faux leather chemical smell completely.

These are the best advices and techniques you can apply to getting rid of the chemical smells in faux leather items.

7 responses to How to get rid of the chemical smell in faux leather items?

  1. Ricky Locklear April 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This doesn’t apply to the smell but my son has a “letterman” jacket. The construction is wool on the body and plastic (faux leather) on the sleeves. The sleeves have become tacky with some sort of residue. The jacket has not been stored in the heat. Please help as a lot of memories and Mardi Gras parades have been endured by this jacket and band mom & dad!

  2. Some plastics (faux leathers) start to disintegrate after a period of time. I had a famous maker high quality shoe that had rubber/something /composite heels. After 1 year the heel wedge became tacky, and crumbled off in chunks. The shoe company took them back as many people had complained. Good luck!

  3. Can I use either of the options you provided on shoes? I got a pair of black heels that i absolutely love but the chemical smell is pretty strong. They were made in China and there is actually a sticker that says something towards the smell that the shoes should not be licked or mouth – can cause reproductive problems, i cant remember exactly. This is super crazy i thought – never seen anything like this before. but since i dont plan on eating them i figure as long as i can get rid of the smell it should be fine. What do you recommend i do?
    Thanks in advance for your help!!

    • Jean-Marc Chateigner May 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      why don’t you get rid of them instead, I hate Chinese faux leather!! Most of it is cheaply made and can be very dangerous for your health, anyway, yes, you can use these options, just don’t wear these shoes for too long, the nasty stuff can be absorbed by your skin and pass into your system.

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