Daughter borrow my luggage a month ago. She stayed at a brand new 5 star resort in Mexico. When she returned the luggage smelled like mildew (she said the room did too). She left it in her cold garage for a week. When I got it back it still smelled bad. I have sprayed it with Fabreeze 3 times and left it outside in sub-zero temp. but it still smells. Can it be salvaged??
Dishwashing detergent does a great job, use really hot water and leave it soak in the tub.
If it's not washable then Febreze will work if you use most of a bottle then wrap the luggage in a garbage bag and leave it for a week or so, then air out.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will try that today. Someone suggested crumpled up newspapers and baking soda for the inside and that has really made an improvement but the outside still smells musty so I think if I don't get rid of that, it will eventually start smelling inside again.
You probably have not killed the mildew spores, if you not too worried about fade, I would try a bathroom mould type cleaning spray, then leave out in sun to thoroughily dry.
To remove the smell from Shoes, my Mum puts a handful of charcoal from the bottom of the open fire in each shoe and wraps them in a plastic supermarket bag for about a week.
The charcoal absorbs mould spores, moisture and ocour.
Maybe this could work for your smelly luggage? - except use a garbage bag to fit the luggage in as you need to seal closed the bag.
What material is the luggage made from - do you know??