Asked on Oct 6, 2019

How do I clean mold from a leather purse & restore the leather smell?

Deb KVimarhonorEm


5 answers
  • J. Jacobs
    on Oct 6, 2019

    Depends on the kind of leather. You can try saddle soap but I would search the net.

    I've tried it and failed. Used vinegar, the sun, baking soda, everything I could think of and no way.

  • Sherrie Jones @ home
    on Oct 6, 2019

    Have it dry cleaned by one that works with leather first. Not all do leather.

    Or you can try putting baking soda in thin cloth pouches and put them inside your purse and close it up for at least 6 days maybe a few days longer. When you check on it if the smell is less then you may want to put new fresh pouches in and toss the old. Keep checking on you purse tho about every 3 to 4 days on the smell to make sure if it's working. Some of the leather will and some wont!

  • Em
    on Oct 7, 2019

    Wipe with vinegar and water mixture. Hang outside to air out and leave newspaper inside to absorb odor. Scrunch a bunch of it up and leave for several days.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Oct 7, 2019

    It may depend on the actual purse and construction.

    The 100% thick older leather classic Coach handbags will tolorate a lot, such as complete immersion soak in water. But not all purses can tolerate this.

    Lysol wipes -lysol spray-perhaps charcoal briquettes....might be an alternative.

    I have had problems in my garage with humidity-moisture —-> mold collectioning on leather items like gloves, shoes and vintage suitcases these methods have worked on these leather impacted area. Im not sure how delicate your purse is.

  • Deb K
    on Oct 7, 2019

    Hi Mona,

    Getting Musty Smell Out of Leather

    1. Put some vinegar on a cloth and swab the leather with it. Leave open in the sun to dry and air out.
    2. Put an open cup of baking soda inside and leave for a week. The baking soda will absorb the smell.
    3. Put some dry coffee grounds inside and leave for a week.
    4. Spray with Lysol or other disinfectant to kill the mold.

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