Clean smoke out of bands?

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Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by srees » Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:05 pm

Hi! I was gifted quite a few bands that are saturated with cigarette smoke. Metal bracelets I've had luck cleaning well enough, but I'm stumped on leather, canvas...I haven't tried the nylon or rubber yet, but they also have a very strong odor. Actually, I did wash a rubber strap in water/dish soap, but that didn't help. There are some very nice straps in the collection - all kinds of leather too. Is there a recommended way to get these cleaned of smoke? It is so bad that sniffing one makes me retch. If I wear it the smell is everywhere and penetrates my skin so that I still smell it on me when I take the watch off. Hoping to find an answer better than 'replace them'...
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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by gr8sw » Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:13 pm

we send all stinking bands to Terry... he puts 'em in a jar and pees on 'em... he's discovered some unique new species of life and leather YMMV
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Post by Selym » Tue Aug 23, 2022 4:01 pm

Have your tried OxiClean (for anything other than leather straps)?

For the leather straps, you could try putting them in a zip lock bag with some baking soda.

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Post by demer03 » Tue Aug 23, 2022 4:31 pm

Oddly enough…one of the things I love about one of my vintage tropic sport straps is it smells like rubber and cigarettes….just like the 60’s & 70’s. Nostalgia is a sonofabitch.
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Post by hoppyjr » Tue Aug 23, 2022 4:49 pm

I’d probably toss the stinky ones, but second choice would be try the OxyClean & water in a bowl. Let it sit and give it time.

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Post by toxicavenger » Tue Aug 23, 2022 5:36 pm

gr8sw wrote:
Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:13 pm
we send all stinking bands to Terry... he puts 'em in a jar and pees on 'em... he's discovered some unique new species of life and leather YMMV
hahahaha :roll:

the non-leather straps you can wipe down with diluted lemon juice i believe. or my panther piss! :mrgreen:

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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by srees » Tue Aug 23, 2022 9:01 pm

I mean, if the choice is tossing the leather...I can try anything on it to clean it and not worry about damage...
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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by DoctorC » Tue Aug 23, 2022 9:14 pm

We picked up an ozone generator and many car places use a similar unit to deodorize cars.
https://www.amazon.com/Airthereal-MA500 ... APE4CAYC9P
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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by srees » Wed Aug 24, 2022 7:20 am

DoctorC wrote:
Tue Aug 23, 2022 9:14 pm
We picked up an ozone generator and many car places use a similar unit to deodorize cars.
https://www.amazon.com/Airthereal-MA500 ... APE4CAYC9P
Interesting idea. I may try that before tossing/selling a fortune in straps.
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Post by BBK357 » Wed Aug 24, 2022 8:24 am

DoctorC wrote:We picked up an ozone generator and many car places use a similar unit to deodorize cars.
https://www.amazon.com/Airthereal-MA500 ... APE4CAYC9P
I’ve never heard of these. Interesting
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Post by tmw » Wed Aug 24, 2022 8:52 am

Soak in dish soap.

May not work for leather, but all others should.
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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by fastward » Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:18 am

You could try to put the straps in a ziplock bag with coffee grounds.

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Post by DoctorC » Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:54 am

srees wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 7:20 am
DoctorC wrote:
Tue Aug 23, 2022 9:14 pm
We picked up an ozone generator and many car places use a similar unit to deodorize cars.
https://www.amazon.com/Airthereal-MA500 ... APE4CAYC9P
Interesting idea. I may try that before tossing/selling a fortune in straps.
Where are you located?
I'd be happy to try a few to see of it helped..

My daughter picked up a jeep that had been smoked in a lot.
I ran a few cycles of ozone inside the car and it knocked out about 90% of the smell
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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by DoctorC » Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:57 am

BBK357 wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 8:24 am
DoctorC wrote:We picked up an ozone generator and many car places use a similar unit to deodorize cars.
https://www.amazon.com/Airthereal-MA500 ... APE4CAYC9P
I’ve never heard of these. Interesting
Similar to an ozone purifier in a hot tub.
You can set the unit in a room to disinfect and deodorize the area.
We used two in our office through the height of covid infections.

From a site describing ozone treatment for cars...

"Ozone treatment is the use of the gas ozone (O3) to remove odors, bacteria, and viruses. Your detailer will place an ozone generator in your vehicle for a designated amount of time, depending on the strength of the odor. As the gas permeates your car, the odor is neutralized and any bacteria and viruses are killed"
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Post by Selym » Wed Aug 24, 2022 11:28 am

DoctorC wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:57 am
You can set the unit in a room to disinfect and deodorize the area.
We used two in our office through the height of covid infections.
Did you run the units while the office was occupied?

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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by DoctorC » Wed Aug 24, 2022 12:05 pm

Selym wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 11:28 am
DoctorC wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:57 am
You can set the unit in a room to disinfect and deodorize the area.
We used two in our office through the height of covid infections.
Did you run the units while the office was occupied?
No, you don't want to breathe that stuff...


It ran at end of day while office was closed
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Re: Clean smoke out of bands?

Post by srees » Thu Aug 25, 2022 4:53 am

DoctorC wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:54 am
srees wrote:
Wed Aug 24, 2022 7:20 am
DoctorC wrote:
Tue Aug 23, 2022 9:14 pm
We picked up an ozone generator and many car places use a similar unit to deodorize cars.
https://www.amazon.com/Airthereal-MA500 ... APE4CAYC9P
Interesting idea. I may try that before tossing/selling a fortune in straps.
Where are you located?
I'd be happy to try a few to see of it helped..

My daughter picked up a jeep that had been smoked in a lot.
I ran a few cycles of ozone inside the car and it knocked out about 90% of the smell
Nashville area
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