• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Mold stench

cbh

Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2011
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
My first post. I find this forum most fascinating and stimulating, but I'm not in any way ready yet to post in, say, What Are You Wearing Right Now. Instead, I'll start off here, with a question that is only somewhat related to clothes and shoes, as it has to do with cloth and leather:

I recently won an old Carradice bicycle saddle bag on Ebay. Alas, it stinks of mold and old basements. I've tried washing it ever-so-gently (Duck canvas and leather straps), but to no avail. Can any of you give me an advice that will save my otherwise lovely bag?
 

StephenHero

Black Floridian
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
14,193
Reaction score
1,954
Febreeze Anti-Microbial + squeezed lemon juice + outdoor air dry. After it dries, try putting some cedar chips (or any other desired scent) in a cloth and close them inside the bag for a few days.
 

tiecollector

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 8, 2006
Messages
7,031
Reaction score
17
White vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray wherever you need to. Then let it air dry outside.
 

crazyquik

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
9,081
Reaction score
42
I would suggest letting it sit outside in the sun on a warm sunny day to start with. But it appears you are in Denmark. They probably don't get many of those, and they will be at least 4 months away
I think you'll find it is definitely salvageable though; with a combination of mild cleaning, scents (lemon or cedar), and sunlight. It may just take a while to reverse years of sitting in a damp basement.
 

cbh

Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2011
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Thanks a lot, all of you. Your expertise is extraordinary.
Yes, summer is still far away, so I'll try white vinegar, lemon juice, anti-microbial, and perhaps some sort of scent.
 

Blackhood

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2010
Messages
2,904
Reaction score
367
Please try them about 4 days appart. Layering them will result in a smell even worse than the mold!
 

cbh

Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2011
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by Blackhood
Please try them about 4 days appart. Layering them will result in a smell even worse than the mold!

Sounds reasonable!
 

Reggs

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
5,713
Reaction score
445
Just put vodka on a rag and rub it down. Oil it a day or so later. Works with shoes.
 

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite pair of shoes to wear with jeans? (Choose two)

  • Boots (Chelsea, Chukkas, Balmorals, etc.)

  • Loafers

  • Work boots (Red Wing, Wolverine, etc.)

  • Monk strap shoes

  • Oxford / Derby shoes

  • Sneakers


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
427,200
Messages
9,194,015
Members
193,106
Latest member
bassemannen

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top