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Old 07-10-08, 08:13 PM Thread Starter   #1
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removing "toxic" chemical smell from faux leather


We just bought a new love seat and got a pair of small, faux leather ottomans for it. We got them out of the box and they smell toxic. I've faced this smell twice before, both times from cheap **** products from china that were rubber. I know from experience that leaving these out to air will not remove the smell, it's nauseating, but I'd prefer to keep them if it is possible to remove the smell. So does anyone know of any "home remedies" we can try that will either work, or won't work but at least won't damage them so we can't return them?

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Old 07-10-08, 08:23 PM   #2
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Hmm meow meow water/vinegar meow solution?
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Hmm meow meow water/vinegar meow solution?
This post terrifies me in many ways.

Also, if it is leather, try Meguiars two part leather cleaner and treatment.

If it is rubber, try soap and water.
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Old 07-10-08, 09:30 PM   #4
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This post terrifies me in many ways.
Agreed.

Are you sure airing it won't work? I remember buying a shower curtain once, and the whole apartment smelled badly of plasticizers for two or three days, then went away.

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Agreed.
Also agreed, lol. water vinegar solution does sound like a winner to me as well. Vinegar is a vile cleaning agent.

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Old 07-10-08, 09:56 PM   #6
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If that doesn't work Isopropyl alcohol might.

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Old 07-10-08, 09:57 PM   #7
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Febreeze the absolute everliving hell out of it. For serial.

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Old 07-10-08, 10:07 PM Thread Starter   #8
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Agreed.

Are you sure airing it won't work? I remember buying a shower curtain once, and the whole apartment smelled badly of plasticizers for two or three days, then went away.
I faced this smell twice before, once for a dollar store hammer that had a rubberized handle. I put it out on the balcony to the the air and winds get to it.


The following year I gave up on it ever smelling even tolerable and tossed it. This is the exact same smell. I suppose it could be different, which is why the ottomans are on the balcony right now, but I highly doubt it.

Thanks for the replies people.

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Old 07-11-08, 06:47 AM   #9
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I faced this smell twice before, once for a dollar store hammer that had a rubberized handle. I put it out on the balcony to the the air and winds get to it.


The following year I gave up on it ever smelling even tolerable and tossed it. This is the exact same smell. I suppose it could be different, which is why the ottomans are on the balcony right now, but I highly doubt it.

Thanks for the replies people.
Dollar store hammer?

I wouldn't recommend you use that thing near anything you value.
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Old 07-11-08, 11:27 AM Thread Starter   #10
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Dollar store hammer?

I wouldn't recommend you use that thing near anything you value.
My logic was "It's a hammer. How can they screw that up? It doesn't have gears, or hinges or switches, or use electricity, it doesn't have anything to do with food or hygene products. How could they screw a hammer up?" Well they screwed it up!

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Old 07-11-08, 11:51 AM   #11
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I think you are doomed eobard, other than waiting and hoping for the smell to dissipate.

You are probably smelling the chemicals used to make the faux leather pliable and soft. If somehow you were able to wash the chemicals out, the material would become brittle and it would probably ruin it.

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Old 07-11-08, 05:54 PM   #12
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My logic was "It's a hammer. How can they screw that up? It doesn't have gears, or hinges or switches, or use electricity, it doesn't have anything to do with food or hygene products. How could they screw a hammer up?" Well they screwed it up!
They also tend to glue the heads on. A few good smacks and the glue gets loose.
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Old 07-11-08, 10:01 PM Thread Starter   #13
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They also tend to glue the heads on. A few good smacks and the glue gets loose.
Really? I never knew that. I guess it is a good thing I never was able to use that thing.

Anywho the whole point of this thread is now moot. I tried using some mild soap with water but wasn't going to try something harsher just in case I damaged them so they weren't returnable but still couldn't remove the smell. The stink was still there. So I gave up on them and took them back, went to another store and got a set of slightly larger, microfiber covered ottomans and a glass top coffee table set for $10 less! But I'ma leave the thread around just in case a future member goes digging for a similar answer. Thanks for the suggestions all.

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Old 07-12-08, 01:31 AM   #14
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Well then too bad that I did not see this thread sooner. Generally speaking, smells come from one of two chemical families. Ionic and organic. For fake leather, I am inclined to guess that you have an organic odor and those can be treated with rubbing alcohol. For ionic smells such as bad meat/fish/other spoiled foods, you can treat that with white vinegar.

Now the thing is that while one treats one thing and the other treats the other, neither one has much of a cross effect. So what I usually do is to get a cheap spray bottle from the grocery store and fill it half with the strongest vinegar that I can find and half with 90% rubbing alcohol. I have never found an odor that that could not kill.
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Old 07-12-08, 01:35 AM Thread Starter   #15
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That's good to know for future reference but I'm not upset, the replacements we got are much better and were cheaper (plus a free table!)

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