You have finally found it! Your home is decorated in a unique way that is all you and not just any sofa would do for your living space, no you had a specific vintage masterpiece in mind that would fit perfectly into your home. You searched high and low; you scoured antique stores, thrift stores, vintage boutiques, craigslist and more to find that work of art in the form of furniture to finish one of the most important rooms in your home. Now that you have found the perfect sofa you sit down, relax and look around to enjoy your masterfully designed room only to discover that unpleasant musty smell all too common with older upholstered furniture.
So what do you do? How do you get the smell out? Can you get the smell out, or should you throw this perfect piece of furniture artwork to the curb and begin your extensive search all over again?
Don’t fear, there are a few things you can try to remove the musty smell from that beloved and almost perfect sofa.
You Will Need:
- A box of baking soda
- A spray bottle
- Some white distilled vinegar
- A vacuum cleaner
- The number of a great professional cleanerhandy
Your first step is to try the baking soda. Take the baking soda and sprinkle a light amount all over the sofa. Let the baking soda sit for about eight hours or overnight. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and will absorb the odors. After the time is up simply vacuum the baking soda from the furniture. Be careful to make sure you thoroughly vacuum the furniture and have sucked up all the baking soda leaving none behind on the sofa.
If the baking soda did not remove all of the musty smell take a spray bottle filled with white distilled vinegar and lightly mist the entire sofa with the vinegar. Vinegar is also a natural deodorizer as well as a germ killer. Simply allow the vinegar to dry on the sofa as you would if you sprayed Febreeze.
If you have tried both the baking soda and the vinegar and the musty- funky smell is still lingering in the perfect vintage sofa it is time to call in the pros. An experienced professional cleaner will know how to handle your vintage sofa with care. A good deep steam cleaning could be just what this sofa needs. Yes you could rent one of those grocery store machines and do it yourself but you run the risk of using too much moisture and making the musty smell an even bigger one. Skip the rental machine and call the pros after all you spent so much time looking for the sofa isn’t the perfect piece of furniture worth the investment?
Keep in mind the ability to clean your sofa and return it to a fresh smelling thing of beauty all depends on its current condition. In many cases a professional steam clean can help but in some cases the sofa may not be able to be saved. If the sofa is musty after a deep clean there was nothing that would have been able to save it.