You would be familiar with the permeating odors of cigarette or cigar smoke and the way they cling to clothes, hair or in the air. It doesn't matter whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, or if you're a connoisseur of fine cigars and the like. While you may enjoy smoking, you definitely do not want the smoke and odors to linger in your clothes and hair, long after you're done enjoying the smoke. More so, if the smoke and odors are stuck to your favorite and treasured clothes, say, a genuine leather jacket. We'll discuss some methods of getting rid of those annoying odors from your leather jacket in the steps which follow.
Cleaning the jacket. By this, we don't mean sending your jacket to your regular dry cleaner, or dumping it in your washing machine. If you can afford it, send your jacket to a dry cleaning service which specializes in cleaning leather garments. If you want to stick to cleaning the jacket at home by yourself, invest in a good leather cleaner and some soft cloths. Leather cleaners of various brands are easily available at any stores which sell leather garments or accessories, or even in large department stores. Apply the cleaner all over the jacket; follow the instructions on the label with regards to time and application. Wipe away the cleaner with a soft cloth. If the odor still persists, you can use mild, unscented soap or shampoo, or saddle soap (specially used for leather). Apply with the help of a wet soft cloth and work up a good lather. Clear away the soap and lather with another dry soft cloth or rinse through warm water. Use a clean towel to pat and remove all excess water. The leather jacket should then be allowed to lie on a flat surface, in a warm place and away from sunlight or any strong light or heat source.
Cleaning jackets with lining. If your leather jacket or garment has a lining, you can use an odor remover such as Febreeze, which removes all kinds of odors from any garment. However, take care not to use it directly on the leather piece. Do a small spot test on the leather and if there are no changes to the leather texture, then use the Febreeze all over the jacket, until the leather, both inside and out, is completely covered. Then, allow the jacket to dry naturally, over a flat surface.
Using baking soda. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate can be used directly in powder form, or as a solution to remove cigar odors from your leather jacket. Place the jacket in a large paper bag or empty pillowcase, along with an opened box of baking soda. Sprinkle the powder generously, on the interior of the jacket, in the pockets and sleeves, additionally.
The solution method involves dissolving baking soda in warm water and dipping the jacket in the solution until fully saturated. Once done, rinse out with some more warm water and allow the jacket to dry as mentioned in previous steps. The quantities in which baking soda and water should be mixed are usually one teaspoon of soda to one liter of water, but you can increase the amount of baking soda, if you wish.
Using vinegar. Use white vinegar for this exercise, dilute the vinegar in warm water, the proportion to be used is 1:1, i.e. one part vinegar with one part warm water. Soak the leather jacket in this solution and rinse in warm water. Repeat the soaking and rinsing steps a couple of times more. Dry the jacket on a flat surface naturally. Another way to use vinegar is to wet a sponge with straight vinegar and sponge the entire jacket. Rinse after sponging and repeat this cycle for several times.
Any of these methods will allow you to get rid of cigar odors from your leather jacket. These methods can also be used for removing odors other than cigar smoke as well.