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post #16 of 20

I posted previously - perhaps you did not see my post - instead of messing with big ozonators that cost a lot or looking for someone who has one - you could probably get a cheaper car plug one on amazon - and improvise an ozonation chamber chamber using a trash bag....

post #17 of 20
Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent, a class of chemicals that breaks down organic substances into their base components.

Ozone gas is produced by an ozone generator that converts atmospheric oxygen (O2) into ozone (O3). This ozone gas breaks down/chemically transforms smoke odor molecules embedded in the fibers of your garments into odorless carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor, thereby neutralizing the smoke molecule.

Ozone will neutralize smoke molecules. Ozone can also destroy mold and fungus. The issue with your coat is not smoke, mold or fungus. The issue is mustiness caused by prolonged exposure to moisture. As a result, ozone will do nothing to remove the mustiness.

Not only will ozone not work, but ozone is potentially harmful in situations involving moisture.

Here's why: When ozone comes into contact with water vapor it forms hydrogen peroxide which, in turn, can bleach fabrics. All garments deemed appropriate for ozone treatment must be completely dry before being subject to ozone treatment.
post #18 of 20
Get a cheap garment cover protector. Hang the jacket in the protector and throw a few pieces of charcoal into the garment bag and let it sit in your closet for a few short weeks. Gone will be the old smell.

This happened to me a long time ago when I bought a jacket that sat in a abandoned warehouse for a year.
post #19 of 20
Charcoal will not work for a musty down coat. About as useless as a trap door in a lifeboat.

Find a professional cleaner in your local area with a modicum of technical skill, explain the problem and appraise them of the work you've already done. Then let them fix it.
post #20 of 20
Jacket needs some exposure to fresh air. Mother nature winds can freshen it up.

If that doesn't work, then my advise about a charcoal will work since charcoal absorbs foul odors and my technique worked on my ex-smelly jacket. Which was musty and I had the same problem as OP.

No need to spend an arm and a leg to some dry cleaner which method is to wash it without water lol
Edited by Snoopy - 3/16/17 at 3:46pm
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