Ways You Keep Your Furniture Smelling Clean and Fresh September 09 2019
Think about the many people and things that come into contact with your furniture throughout the year – pets, kids, family, guests, cigarette or cigar smoke, food, drink, etc. With every spilled item, it can be difficult to keep the furniture from smelling nice and clean. There is no need to feel overwhelmed, however, are there are some ways you can refresh your furniture.
- Before cleaning, consult your furniture’s label to determine how it should be cleaned. Spills and stains are the most common cause of odors, but first, you will need to know what type of cleaner can be used on the fabric you’re cleaning. Most labels use a code that indicates which cleaning agent is safe. “W” stands for water-based products (upholstery shampoos and mild detergents), “S” stands for solvents (dry cleaning products and rubbing alcohol), “WS” stands for water OR solvent-based products, and “X” means you cannot use any cleaning products on the fabric.
- Using the handheld attachment, vacuum your furniture. Flip any cushions over and vacuum underneath to remove pet hair, crumbs, dirt, etc. To help keep your furniture smelling fresh, vacuum once a week.
- Sit the furniture outside or open the windows to allow it to air out. If the furniture has been placed away in storage and smells musty, or if it has been exposed to tobacco smoke for an extended period of time, you will see a difference in the smells by allowing it to get some fresh air.
- For heavier odors, sprinkle baking soda over the furniture and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight. After the time is up, vacuum the baking soda to remove it from the furniture.
- Put some white vinegar into a spray bottle and mist the furniture. Allow the area to dry; while you will smell the vinegar as it’s applied, it will dry without an odor. Don’t use air or fabric fresheners; these will only mask the smell rather than remove it.