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Sep 6th 2017, 09:38 AM   #1
 lolat440's Avatar
  Apr 2017

  2001 Aprillia Falco SL1000
Cleaning a leather 2 piece suit...?

I just bought a used Alpinestar suit for doing track days. It fits me and looks decent but it smells funky like my old 66 Pontiac convertible! it has been stored for a while and smells musty as heck.
is it as simple as taking it to the cleaners or is there more to it?
Can anyone recommend how best to de-stinkify it?


Sep 6th 2017, 10:47 AM   #2
 DocB's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
If it is a mildew odor try wiping it down with vinegar, then letting it air out for a couple days.
Sep 6th 2017, 10:55 AM   #3
 paradox206's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I bought a like new Aerostich off ebay that smelt like the owner had a serious ammonia sweating issue (or a cat pissed on it). I was able to kill the smell by spraying it down with a 1:10 ratio of water and cheap vodka over the course of a couple days. Ever since then, that's how I kill all bad smells around the house.
Sep 6th 2017, 11:35 AM   #4
 Nathan's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  space needle

I left a few bounce dryer sheets in the suit between the leather & liner for a few days, then cleaned the liner with water mixed with a little bit of laundry detergent. Had to clean small areas at a time since the liner couldn't be removed - grab a handful of liner, dip into bowl of water/detergent mix and rinse/squeeze then dry off with paper towels. That'll get the liner smelling like clean laundry. Then I applied leather honey conditioner on the suit exterior which really did soften up the leather and got it smelling like a good leather suit.
Sep 11th 2017, 08:18 AM   #5
 lolat440's Avatar
  Apr 2017

  2001 Aprillia Falco SL1000
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I got some Leather Honey cleaner and their conditioner to get started and that made a big improvement. I have the suit hanging up in the backyard to help it air out so maybe in a few days it will stop making my eyes water!

thanks again,


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