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How to get most smells out of old furniture

How to get most smells out of old furniture

How to get most smells out of old furniture

No matter what type of old furniture you are looking for, sometimes they are going to come with an extra: a smell. Whether it’s from dust, storage, or from the pieces old home, don’t end up regretting not picking up the smelly item that you love the look of. So how do you get the smell out of the piece once you have it home?

The best thing for getting rid of the odors is to neutralize them, not mask them. So put the Fabreeze away, as you can use a whole bottle and the smell would still come back. Many pieces of smelly furniture need a good air out, with lots of sunshine and neutralizing agent.

How to get most smells out of your old furniture

First, if the item has drawers, clean them inside and out with an appropriate cleanser. Most items are good with a slightly water dampened rag or a furniture-safe cleanser. Vinegar and water is another solution that works on most items. If you are trying to remove the smell from an item like a trash can or a diaper genie, try scrubbing with a bleach-based cleaner and Lysol if needed.

Next, get some baking soda as baking soda is great at removing odors. You can sprinkle the item with baking soda, let it sit for a few days, and then vacuum up the baking soda. The item may need several applications before the smell is fully removed. You can also place a bowl of baking soda in the item or really close to the item. In order for this method to work, you would have to leave this bowl there for as long as you can, since the baking soda does a better job the longer it’s in place.

You can also let the smell air out by leaving the piece outside in the sunshine. This can take days, depending on the smell.

Dryer sheets like baking soda are wonderful at removing smells. Place a number of dryer sheets on and in the item and let the dryer sheet do their job for several days. This can take longer if the smell is really bad. Jars of white vinegar can also be used in place of dryer sheets. The smell of the white vinegar does not linger and removes most odors. How long the vinegar takes to work and how many times you should replace the vinegar will depend on how bad the smell is.

How to get most smells out of old furniture

Paint can sometimes mask and cover odors. Talk to your local paint specialist to see if they have any paints that are designed to mask and cover odors as there are a few on the market. This is not where you should start to try to remove odors from a piece, but is definitely an option.

If the item has drawers and the item is cleaned and the odor removed, you may want to store scented candles in one of the drawers. Candles will cover up any smells that may return over time.

Coffee beans can also be used, as coffee beans absorb and mask the odors that the piece can collect over time and use.


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