how to properly clean used furnitureUsed furniture is a great deal, whether you got it from a thrift store, your friends, or even the side of the road. However, you want to make sure that you take extra precautions when bringing used furniture into your home. After all, you have no idea where it’s been or what it has on it. You could be bringing allergens, bacteria, and odors into your home. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to clean you’re furniture yourself (or you could hire a professional to do it!) so you can feel good about bringing used upholstery into your clean home.

When you first bring your furniture home, put it outside or in your garage if you can. Avoid bringing it into your house until you have sanitized it so you don’t spread germs. This will also prevent the odors from the cleaning products from filling your entire home.

Next, disinfect the furniture. There are a lot of ways to do this and what works best will depend on your furniture. Disinfecting aerosol sprays work well for upholstered furniture, while sanitizing wipes are great for any wood, plastic, or otherwise hard pieces. A mixture of vinegar and warm water will also do the trick. Another option of course is to call in the furniture cleaners, especially if you’re really worried about germs or an odor.

Finally, you want to work to remove any odors that may have built up in the upholstery. Don’t just spray Febreeze on these and call it a day, because air fresheners will only cover the smell for a short period of time. You want to make sure that you completely remove the smell. Baking soda works well to remove smells. Just sprinkle it over the furniture, leave it to sit, and then vacuum it up. Remember to get all of the surfaces–remove and clean the underside of cushions, get the back of couches and chairs, etc.

Once you have completed these steps, you will feel much more comfortable bringing new furniture into your home without also bringing bacteria and unwanted odors!