Make Hand-Me-Down Furniture Your Own


Ah summer – the perfect time to go out and hunt for used furniture at yard sales and thrift shops and apps like LetGo. Sure, some of it can be gross and over-used, but among all the dust-ridden upholstery is the perfect little gem for your home or apartment.

Once you set your sights on a new (old) couch or armchair and you barter for a better price, what are you supposed to do next? Moving an old couch into your home can be a bit risky. It’s probably not infested with lice or something, but it almost assuredly has dirt, dust, and grime set into the fabric that wasn’t really part of the deal.

So we’re here to tell you to clean and disinfect this furniture before bringing it into your home!  This is important so that you do not invite in unwanted germs or bacteria. And not only that – but it will also help to rid used furniture of any unpleasant aromas.


Let’s talk upholstery cleaning.


First thing, you will want to be sure that your furniture is properly disinfected.  There are various ways to disinfect furniture.  For example, you can purchase sanitizing wipes, aerosol sprays, or create your own mixture of vinegar and warm water. OR you could call in professionals like San Juan County Chem-Dry who will use a professional strength sanitizer to eliminate unhealthy bacteria.

After you have sanitized and disinfected your furniture, you can begin removing any unwanted odors.  Since many of these odors can be caused by moisture that has been trapped in the fabric or pet odors, fabric fresheners and deodorizers won’t get rid of the musty smell.  Instead, you should try cleaning the fabric with warm water and vinegar or using baking soda or calling Chem-Dry who specializes in eliminating unwanted odors, not just masking them including pet odors.

Once you have taken these necessary steps, you will feel more comfortable bringing the furniture into your home and you can begin to enjoy your new treasures!