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Odor from leather sofa?

Posted by sweet_home (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 29, 09 at 16:41


I am new to this forum. We have a leather sofa that we bought 5 years back. We paid about $3000 for it and it still semms to be in good condition. However, we(or rather I since I am very sensitive to smell) have been noticing an odor coming from the living room for a while now and we didn't even suspect the leather sofa. We wanted to rule out the sofa, so we moved it to the dining room and the odor started coming from the dining room. Is it normal for leather to smell or have an odor after this long? We don't want to throw it away just because of this odor. Is anyone is aware of this, is there a way we can get rid of it? Would appreciate any suggestions/feedback.


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RE: Odor from leather sofa?

I can try to help you if you can provide more info: Do you know the type of leather= aniline dye, corrected grain, bycast or? What climate region you live in? Have you removed any of the foam or fiber in the cushions to check where the odor is coming from? Can you describe the odor?
Its a little bit unusual for a odor to develop sometime after the purchase thats directly related to the leather itself.

RE: Odor from leather sofa?

Unfortunately, I don't have a clue as to what type of leather our sofa is made of. We live in California. I am not able to describe the odor(more towards rooms with old carpet etc but I know I could be way off). Initially, I even suspected the presence of mold in the room and went to the extent of hiring a mold inspector to do the testing. The mold spore count was way too low and we figured that was not the problem. Is it possible to check on the fiber of the sofa without tearing it. BTW, I noticed and there is a small area in the loveseat which is torn. When I go near the sofa I am not able to point out where the odor is coming from. However, we go out and come back to the house, I can smell the odor.

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