Removing cigarette smoke from a leather interior piece?

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  1. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    I just ordered a new center console cover on ebay to replace the torn one in my truck. The leather and plastic are in excellent condition for a used piece, unfortunately it smells like 10 years worth of cigarette ashes. I haven't installed it in my vehicle and if I can't get rid of the smell I'm filing a dispute with paypal. I'm sure some of you guys have clients that smoke in their vehicles, does anyone have any advice on how to remove the odor? :(
     
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    Clean the dogshit out of it with woolite and water mix. SEVERAL times. Then apply leather conditioner and it should be good to go. If not, you're gonna have to find someone with an ozone generator. You could also try putting it in a cooler and burn some incense (sp??) in the cooler with it, at least it will smell beter than cigarette smoke. Just pop the little drain valve open on the cooler so it gets some air in there to keep the incense burning. That idea just came to me, and for some reason I think it may actually work.
     
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    Cleaning it is the first step, that usually helps a lot. Ozone generator is another good suggestion but you still have to pre-clean it.
     
  4. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    K so I disassembled the attachment and seperated the leather cushion and plastics, used mah woolite/water on the plastics and they're smelling better already. I wasn't sure about using it on the foam cushion though, I don't want it to mold from the water so I searched and saw ZEP's Smoke Odor Eliminator recommended in another thread. Since thats an aerosol it shouldn't be as much of a risk. I haven't got to the leather yet though, they're all in the garage until I have some sunlight to work with. I don't think I'll be wanting my car smelling like incense so I'm gonna have to pass on that last idea.
     
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    It was just a thought. You could get vanilla inscense. My theory is that the inscense smoke should penetrate the leather/foam, basically displacing the cigarrette smoke that penetrated it before.

    Not all inscense smells like church!!
     
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    Incense or incest? Nothing smells like loving like incest, I always say.
     
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    / thread. :rofl:
     
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    LOL!

    Seriously.........

    LOL! (again)

    Sorry.........whew.......that's some funny shit.

    Ok.

    Zep's Odor Eliminator is awesome. All I can say. All of Zeps stuff is. I get all my cleaning supplies from Home Depot now. I save so much more money and get better results than anything else I've used.
     
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    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    I'll be sure to get my neighbor and his sister to make it in the back seat :mamoru:
     
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    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    The ZEP stuff worked quite well on the foam and cloth padding, almost no traces of smoke odor at all. However I spent 2 hours working on the leather by itself this afternoon with woolite, baking soda (thanks Grandma), and the ZEP and the smell isn't totally gone, but it was tolerable enough to install in the vehicle without fear of it infecting the rest of the interior. Now I have to clean the rest of the car cuz the lid doesn't match :o. I almost feel bad for the previous owner, I'm positive they've got the cancer.
     
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    Cancer used to be a badge of honor, what happened?? John Wayne proved he was a real man. They went to take out 1/2 of his lung and he said "fuck it take 'em both, I don't need 'em, I'll grow gills and breathe like a fish!!"
     
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    Smoking took my Dad's life last year. I watched him fight for every breath for the last 9 months of his life.... I don't wish that upon anyone.

    Cigarettes FTL! :nono:
     
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    Pecker and cooter tracks might be worse than the cancer stick smells. :mamoru:
     
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    True that. Nothing smells worse than day old pussy juice! Especially if it's on your dick and you sweat in your sleep.
     
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    Sick............but true.
     
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    That first time you drop your drawers to take a shower is the worst!

    And in relation to my post about John Wayne...didn't mean to upset anyone, it was a quote from Denis Leary.
     

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