Or let’s say that you’re about to buy a second-hand leather sofa from a known heavy smoker. You just couldn’t resist its low price. And for that price, you think it’s a steal because the leather couch looks really new. Now, the leather couch may be an eye-catching addition to your living room but let’s face it; your guests would be turned off when they recognize the cigarette smell coming from the sofa.
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Solution #1: Vinegar
How do you use vinegar to get rid of the cigarette smell out of leather furniture? First, dilute vinegar and water following a 1:4 ratio. Get a microfiber cloth and dip it in this vinegar solution. Alternatively, pour the said solution into a spray bottle. You can then apply the vinegar solution directly to the sofa.
Another way to get rid of the stubborn cigarette smell out of leather furniture is to apply a leather cleaner. This is a common product you can buy online or at home improvement stores. Specially formulated to remove stubborn stains and dirt, a leather cleaner can also be effective in getting rid of cigarette smell from leather surfaces. Another advantage of using a leather cleaner is that it can restore the pH balance of leather, which means bad odor would eventually be gone from its surface.
Solution #3: Baking Soda Solution
Like the lowly vinegar, baking soda is an all-natural, effective, and cheap solution for getting rid of cigarette smell out of leather sofa or furniture. Baking soda is known for its deodorizing properties. It is also colorless. Therefore, it won’t ruin the appearance of your leather couch.
And more importantly, it can absorb and neutralize the irritating and lingering smell of cigarette smoke.
Using it to remove the cigarette smell out of leather furniture is also easy. Simply sprinkle baking soda all over the surface of the leather furniture. Let it sit overnight. The following morning, vacuum it up before wiping it away using a damp cloth.
溫和的洗衣粉可以是另一個選擇in the unlikely occurrence that vinegar solution and baking soda fail to get the job done. Take note of the word ‘mild’ as using a strong laundry detergent may ruin the beautiful appearance of your leather couch or furniture.
If necessary, you may also apply leather conditioner to the leather furniture. This should help minimize the risks of the laundry detergent running the look of the couch. You may also use oils like olive oil or linseed oil if you don’t have a leather conditioner.
Ventilating the room is particularly effective if the cigarette smoke odor is still new not only to the leather sofa or furniture but also to the entire room. Ventilating space can get rid of the unwanted smell.
Get an exhaust or portable fan and switch it on. Then direct the air towards the door or window. You’d want the air to sweep the odor out of the room. You can also open the windows so that fresh air would come in and overwhelm the cigarette smoke odor.
Tips to Mask the Cigarette Smell
As has been mentioned earlier, the odor of cigarette smoke is notorious for its lingering effects. Thus, you can’t completely discount the possibility that the disgusting smell of cigarettes will remain in the leather furniture as well as the room where it is located.
Still, you can try to mask the cigarette smell. One way to do this is to use an air purifier. This is a household item you can buy for a low price online or at home improvement stores. Sure, this may not be enough for a guest sitting on your leather couch not to notice the cigarette smell emanating from it. But if the guest isn’t staying for too long, then he or she may not even be bothered by the lingering cigarette smell.
How to Prevent Cigarette Smoke from Lingering in Leather Furniture
Once you have gotten rid of persistent cigarette smoke odor from leather furniture, you should now avoid smoking when you are in the room or seated on the leather couch. If you can’t help it, then make it a habit to stand near the window when you smoke. This way, the smoke from the cigarette won’t linger inside the room. Also, blow the smoke out of the room to prevent the odor from staying inside.
You must also learn to dust your room regularly. Dust helps in keeping the odor of smoke in your room. It may also be transferred to your leather furniture, which can result in the lingering smell of cigarette smoke. Dust and wipe down the non-porous areas in your room, including leather furniture, to prevent cigarette smoke from lingering.
Finally, make it a habit to clean up the butts. Avoid leaving cigarette butts in your room even if you use an ashtray. Toss them in the trash can. Or you can wrap them in a damp paper towel before disposal.