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How to Get Rid of that "New Furniture Smell"

Posted by Mandi Bugatti on

Have you ever purchased a sofa or bookcase and it smells a little “off”? Or maybe you notice the smell in your apartment or home has changed a few hours later, or even the next day? That smell is from the products used to treat the materials during the manufacturing process. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to neutralize the odor, and get your space smelling fresh again.

Let it air out

Open windows on both sides of your space to let the air move through and carry the odor with it. If your item is light weight, you can move it to a patio, backyard, or garage. Leave it out for a day or so, and combine with any of the other tips before moving it back inside. If your item requires assembly, you may want to assemble it outside your main living area.

Wipe it down

For furniture made from wood, wood veneers, vinyl or leather type materials, a quick wipe down can help remove any smelly layers. Add some white vinegar to a bowl of warm water. Use a microfiber towel or rag to dip into the solution and gently wipe the surface of your furniture. The vinegar will help to neutralize the odor.

Deodorize upholstered furniture

Baking soda is a proven natural deodorizer, and the fact that it's inexpensive makes it all the more appealing as a solution. Sprinkle your upholstered sofa, loveseat, or chair with baking soda and allow it to sit overnight. The baking soda will neutralize and absorb the odors, and then you can easily vacuum it up the next morning.

Purify the air

Crank up your dehumidifier or air purifier if you have one. You can also use a diffuser with essential oils such as Thieves or OnGuard as they are great cleansers and respiratory supporters. There is also a product called the Bad Air Sponge that will draw out and absorb airborne odors (available on Amazon).

These tips will help keep your home smelling fresh, and we hope you enjoy your new furniture!

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