You scored a nice coffee table or couch at the local thrift store, but you’re worried about what might linger on its surface. Or perhaps it’s the smell that’s making you have second thoughts. Fear not, MOLLY MAID has a few cleaning tips to help you get rid of that funky smell, and show you how to safely disinfect used furniture.
Dust with Baking Soda
For couches, remove the cushions and work the baking soda into the fabric, including the seatback and armrests. You can even use a brush to help scrub the powder into the fabric. This will soak up moisture and any lingering funk. It’s best to let this sit for a few hours in the sun. Then vacuum the baking soda out.
Spray with Spirits
Still worried about everyone hating your loveseat because of how it smells? Pour some vodka into a spray bottle and liberally moisten the upholstery. Allow it to dry outside in the sun and thoroughly vacuum after it dries. For coffee tables or bookshelves, wipe off the baking soda with a mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar is a safe and effective disinfectant that most of us already have lying around. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it will disappear as it dries.
Get in Deep with Enzyme Cleaners
Enzyme cleaners break down odour-causing bacteria and can be very effective for stubborn smells and stains. The cleaners are usually sold for specific materials, so be sure to get the right one, whether it’s for leather, cotton, wood, or carpet. Follow the instructions on the label for the best results.
Steam Clean for Perfection
If you really want your new couch to shine, rent a steam cleaner to really penetrate the upholstery and clean deep down. The heat from the steam helps remove stains, kills bacteria, and can make your thrift store score look brand new!
Now that your piece of furniture is sparkling clean, why not put it in a home that’s just as clean? With MOLLY MAID, you can schedule a custom cleaning plan to fit your needs. Contact us online for a free estimate!