Used furniture. It’s a great deal, a great way to reduce waste, and a great way to furnish your new or existing home for cheap. However, there are some things that you should know before you bring used furniture into your house. That’s because you don’t know where your used furniture has been. It could be full of germs and allergens, or it could have an unpleasant odor. No matter what the case is, you want to make sure that you sanitize your secondhand furniture before you bring it into your house. Just follow these easy steps.
- Find a place to put the furniture that isn’t inside your home while you clean it, if possible. A garage is good for this. If the weather is nice, store it outside. You just want to make sure that you clean it properly before you bring it inside if at all possible.
- Start by sanitizing. There are a number of ways to sanitize furniture, and it depends on what type of furniture you have. If you have upholstered furniture with removable covers, follow the washing instructions for those and just wash them in your washing machine. If the furniture is wood, wipe it down thoroughly with a sanitizing wipe. If it’s upholstered furniture without removable fabric, use a sanitizing aerosol spray. Be sure to get all sides of the furniture. Flip cushions over and get the back and bottom of everything too.
- Next up is odor removal. Simply airing the furniture out for a couple of days might do the trick. If not, you’ll have to do some work. Most odors in furniture is caused by moisture that’s been trapped in fabric. A fabric freshener will only cover these odors for a short amount of time, not remove them completely. Instead use a mixture of vinegar and warm water to scrub out odors. You can also call an upholstery cleaning professional that specializes in removing 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!