Help?!: How to remove mold smell from a Planner?

I have this pretty little Filofax, but I’ve tried to remove a strong mold smell from it without success?! Does anyone have any suggestions?


7 Replies to “Help?!: How to remove mold smell from a Planner?”

  1. Try bicarbonate of Soda, wrap book in a cotton cloth put wrapped book & a good amount of the powder in a ziplock bag & seal. Leave for several days. This process can be repeated 🙂


    1. I’ve tried this twice. Maybe I’ve just got to remove the cloth and just leave it in there until the smell goes. However long that takes. Thanks for the advice.


  2. Well I freshen mine from time to time by putting a packet of my favourite incense sticks inside (still in the box) and forgetting about it for a week or two. It would also benefit from a bit of leather care before doing this if the smell is really off-putting.


  3. I had the same problem and solved it in the end using a product called Simply Leather Mould Remover. It is meant to be sprayed on the surface, and, although that helped, I ended up having to put the organiser into a plastic bag containing some of the liquid and effectively soak the worst affected areas overnight. The organiser needed a little re-glueing after that, and still has a slight smell but not really a mouldy one now, more chemically.


  4. Here are some tips that might help you get rid of the mold smell.
    This I have used myself on a leather sofa that stood in a basement store a bit too long … And it worked out great!
    Clean with saddle soap used to clean saddles, follow the instructions on the package. Then polish with leather grease.
    Personally, I would try this several times before I test “heavier things” and then I would start with vinegar.

    These two suggestions, used for riding saddles, I found on a Swedish website (use Google Translate,

    1) Diluted vinegar 12% (1 part vinegar and 2 parts water), vinegar works great as it removes sponges.
    “I mix 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 liter of water.
    Use gloves and avoid splashes in the eyes when the solution is strong.
    In severe mold attacks you may have to wash several times. ”

    2) NOTE! Be very careful! Ammonia smells very strong so be outdoors, protect your eyes with protective glasses, wear rubber gloves!
    “Wash the leather with a saddle soap first, then wash the leather with an ammonia solution (1 tablespoon ammonia to 10 liters of water). It removes grease and mold, then allow it to dry thoroughly.
    Then it may be good to color the leather again if the color has gone out. Then use leather color.
    After it has dried, the leather should be greased a few times until you see that it does not penetrate. Good luck!”

    Good luck!
    PS. I apologize for any spelling mistakes, as Swedish is my native language, not English. DS.


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