How to Get Rid of a Musty Smell From Leather and Faux Fur

Leather and faux fur exposed to humid, wet and dark conditions acquire a musty smell if not cared for. Mold and mildew thrive in moist conditions and leave behind unsightly black or brown mold spores and a musty smell. If you do not remove the mold, the garments continue to smell until the mold is killed. Use a few common household items to get rid of a mildew smell from leather and faux fur.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol

  • Bowl

  • Low-pressure air freshener

  • Cloth

  • Baking soda

Leather

Step 1

Dilute 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 cup of water in a bowl.

Step 2

Moisten a cloth with the diluted alcohol.

Step 3

Wipe down the leather material with the moistened cloth to remove any mildew or mold that may have grown. Wipe down all sides of the leather to ensure the mildew does not remain.

Step 4

Spray a low-pressure air freshener on the leather. Low-pressure air fresheners are available at most department stores.

Step 5

Reapply the air freshener spray until the musty smell is gone.

Faux Fur

Step 1

Sprinkle baking soda over the faux fur.

Step 2

Allow the faux fur garment to air-dry with the baking soda for 10 days.

Step 3

Shake out the fur to remove the baking soda and odor.

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