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how to clean used furnitureFurniture can be expensive, so it can be exciting to find a great deal on used furniture. However great a deal it was, you shouldn’t bring used furniture into your home until you’re sure it’s sanitized. After all, you never know where your furniture has been and what could be lurking in it. Used furniture can harbor bacteria, allergens, odors, and more. 

Not to worry though, it can be easy to clean your used furniture so you can bring it home. Here are the easy steps to follow:

Air it out

If it’s nice weather, place your furniture outside to air out. If it isn’t, put it in a garage or sunroom. This gives you a place to store your furniture while you clean it, and it allows it the chance to air out any musty odors it might have. Sunlight can also help to kill germs on the furniture.

Disinfect Your Furniture

There are a lot of ways that you can disinfect your furniture and kill the germs hiding it. There are disinfecting wipes and aerosol sprays that you can purchase, or you can make your own mix of vinegar and warm water. Be sure to get all over the furniture with your sanitizer, including under cushions and the back of the furniture. If you worried about germs, for example if you have small kids or other immunocompromised individuals in your house, a professional upholstery cleaner like Great American Chem-Dry can sanitize your furniture so you can rest assured that the germs are gone.

Remove Odors

If your new-to-you furniture still has an odor after being left to air out, you need to tackle that before you bring it in your home. Otherwise, the odors will only get worse and stink up your entire house. Do not try to mask the odor with a fabric freshener, as it will only cover the smell for a short amount of time instead of eliminating it. Instead, try sprinkling baking soda on the area, letting it sit, and then vacuuming up it. Warm water and vinegar can also help eliminate odors. If you can’t get the smell out, which is common with tricky smells like pet urine, a professional cleaner will be able to help.

Vacuum It

Especially if you have left your furniture outside, vacuum it right before bringing it inside. This will remove any pet hair, dirt, and other build up. Again, make sure that you get every side of the furniture, including under cushions and in cracks.


Once you have removed any germs, odors, and other build-up, you’re good to bring your furniture into your home and enjoy it! If you need more help with cleaning used furniture, be sure to give Great American Chem-Dry a call. Our professional upholstery cleaners are happy to help you!