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getting rid of musty smell

Hey all...

My 118 jacket picked up a musty smell was hanging in a room that had smelled really musty for a few days and seemed to have picked up the smell. Any ideas on how to get rid of it? Maybe a light cleaning using some Lexol leather cleaner / conditioner? I  really don't want to send the jacket out for a pro cleaning cause we're just coming into the season when I need it the most.



namvetfxdwg on 09/17/08 at 05:18 PM

hang the jacket on a good hanger, cover the jacket in a large plastic bag,,  then empty a box of baking soda, into the bottom of the bag, { not on the jacket}, tie up the loose ends of the bag with tie wraps,, hang the jacket inside the bag on a hanger,, leave it be for  2 days or so,  it should be ok by then

DenSchott on 09/17/08 at 07:51 PM

Put in plastic bag. Hang up in corner of basement. Go to local Schott dealer. Buy new leather jacket.

Gail on 09/18/08 at 11:24 AM

Hi Tim, Since your jacket is a naked cowhide leather be careful putting a product on the leather, as it could cause discoloration of the jacket. I never heard of thebaking soda theory, but I would definately try it, as it cannot hurt, just do not kep you jacket covered in the plastic idefinately as leathe rhas to breathe. You can try lightly using some saddle soap on the jacket for a light cleaning. If al lelse fails then it will have to be professionally cleaned. gail

n2leather on 09/19/08 at 07:08 PM

This has worked for me; put the jacket on a wooden hanger and hang it outside, in the shade, unzipped. Let it stay there all day. Bring it in at night, put it back out the next day. Keep in the shade all the time. After a couple days, the odor is gone.

tim on 09/20/08 at 11:02 PM

Thanks all for the replies. I have been wearing it anyway as I ride and either I'm getting used to the smell or it's slowly dissipating just being outside in the fresh's been perfect Schott Motorcycle Jacket weather here the past week or so....chilly in the mornings and never getting above 70, even in the heat of the day....makes me glad I have one (actually 2 :-) but the one that was smelling is the one that fits the best. 

someguy on 09/23/08 at 10:39 PM

   I have a 141 with a weird, musty smell, and I tried using baking soda inside a sealed plastic bag. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to do a thing for me.

namvetfxdwg on 09/24/08 at 09:11 AM


  So you smell like an old biker??????  LOL  nothin wrong with that

someguy, keep changing the baking soda, every 2 days  and do it till the smell is gone,  when done clean the leather with lexol, then treat it with pecards conditioner

tim on 09/24/08 at 11:26 AM

John...maybe I do at that :-)


Maybe that's why my grandkids keep their distance.


And old? probably so...I turn 52 on Monday...not real old I guess but its all a matter of perspective...when I was a young'un, anyone 52 was ancient, an ol' it's not so least from my vantage point.

namvetfxdwg on 09/30/08 at 01:55 PM

your old  when

 you have hair growing out of places you didnt think you HAD places

you have to pee every 30 mins

ya have warts

no matter how you adjust your bifocals, ya still cant see the newspaper

the nieghborhood kids  see you standing in front of your house,, and they cross the street, to get by

you need help  with backing up your harley

no matter what type of jeans you buy,,  THEY DONT FIT

tim on 10/01/08 at 05:12 PM


Do you have to have all of those to qualify? I have about 4/5ths of those covered, so to speak :-)

copsunited on 10/02/08 at 11:03 AM

Well old is only a matter of age..Profundity !! LOLOL


I sit on the edge of the bed with a sock in my hand and wonder if I am just getting dressed or undressed...


I dash out of my chair at one inch per hour to go the other room and forget why I got up in the first place.


My zipper is never in the right place and I can't remember why. I got on my buddy's motorcycle and it took two people to get me off.. no I was not fighting to stay on the thing.


Dinners are really tasty and good but sometimes that's at 0900 AM and I can't recall if breakfast was as good.


My car keys disappear regularly and after 2 hours of searching I find them in my pocket. I can't ride my lawn mower without my Dr's permission and I am not sure if heavy machinery is a can- opener or a bulldozer. My Dr. told me to do cross word puzzels to keep my "mental" acuity. I bought a crossword puzzle book but I forgot where I put it. I still look at beautiful young ladies with a whim of the past .. but I can't remember why. I play golf and hit the ball so well I can't see it .. well it's usually at the end of the tee box.


The golden years means you should have invested in the gold markets because now you can't afford the weekly visits to the Doctors office. At 70 I still find humor in everything.. or so I am told because I laugh at myself all the time and feel good that others do too. I wonder why they are laughing at me instead of with me... YES  YES old age is so much fun...

wolverine on 10/03/08 at 09:45 AM



I picked up a nice 60's Schott HH cop coat on E-Bay and it had that musty basement smell.  It had a zip out liner that I removed and handwashed/hung dry.  I was lucky that the HH was clean and not caked up with coats of Lexol or other conditioner.  I used a damp sponge and went over the HH, after letting it dry I applied a light coat of Lexol, let it sit for about 5 minutes to absorb and then buffed the extra off with cotton socks...this is really important becasue otherwise the HH will have a sticky feel and it will attract dust.  But I still had the smell.  There were still two areas of the coat that were holding some stink...the heavy nylon inner liner and the cotton pockets.  For these I used Fabreeze.  It took two spray applications on the nylon and about five on the cotton pockets.  Of course I spot checked to see if the Fabreeze would do anything to the HH.  I tried to keep it off the HH but in some cases it got on the leather and I just wiped it off.  With naked leather it probably would have darkened or stained it so be carefull.  By far the worst part of this jacket was the cotton pocket liners.  But I can now say that the basement is now out of this great coat...and I did not pay $100 bucks to send it out....yes, that is about what Leathercraft charges.  I also do not like the idea of dry cleaning fluid all over my jacket...or whatever chemical(s) they use.







Gail on 10/03/08 at 11:11 AM

Hi Wolverne,

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Bahabp100 on 04/07/20 at 06:52 PM

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