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Chemical odor problem-from leather conditioner

The folks at the headquarters of ACS suggested that I post the following question to the community.

I used a leather cleaner on my car seats followed by a leather conditioner.  I had cleaned my seats in the past with the leather cleaner but never used the leather conditioner.

I closed my car up and left on a trip.  When I returned two weeks later and opened the car door, I was met by a very strong chemical odor.

I have tried a number of methods suggested by people on the auto industry to no avail.  Among the solutions:

  • washing the seats with a water-based foaming cleanser
  • washing the seats with straight vinegar
  • washing the seats with glass cleaner
  • cleaning the seats with another brand of leather cleaner
  • putting  a variety of air fresheners in the car and closing the doors.
  • changed the cabin air filter

I am open to any and all suggestions on how to solve this problem.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Paul Dwyer

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