Scoring a beautiful antique bureau, or discovering your grandmother’s trendy couch from the 60s can be exhilarating. But sometimes, with time comes odor. After years of experience storing furniture, Find Local Storage has a few tricks on showing off your treasured vintage furniture without having to mask that horrible smell.
Air it Out
The first step to curing your furniture of foul odor is to air it out. If you live in a dry, sunny climate then an easy solution is to place the furniture outside for a while. Open all the drawers and cabinets when airing out a bureau or dresser. When working with a sofa or chair, take off all the cushions or pillows. This allows for greater air flow.
If the weather isn’t cooperating, another option is to use a storage facility. Place all items that need a little “de-funking” in a climate controlled storage unit. You can even add a dehumidifier to ensure a dry environment.
This step may require a little trial and error. Some smells can be harder to get out and certain materials may hold on to smells more than others. Here are our top tried and true solutions:
- Some stores sell special furniture cleanser, which can be especially effective for materials like wood that can suffer water damage if not treated properly. Place this cleanser on a damp rag and wipe down the entire piece of furniture.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the piece of furniture. If it’s a dresser, don’t forget inside drawers. If it is a couch or chair, remember to treat the cushions as well. Leave the baking soda for a few days, and then vacuum it up. Another long-term option with baking soda is to place it in a bowl and leave it in a drawer or cabinet for as long as needed.
- Dryer sheets can absorb odors. Line drawers and place in-between cushions to keep furniture smelling fresh.
- Try kitty litter the same technique as baking soda. It is made to absorb and eliminate odors, and can be vacuumed up afterwards.
- Charcoal and coffee beans also do a great job of absorbing unwanted smells. Place in a bowl and let sit.
- Lastly, if you’re dealing with a stubborn piece of wooden furniture it could be possible that there are bacteria involved. A “wood soap” will clean and kill any bacteria that may be hiding in your vintage treasure.
Don’t let odors take over your vintage experience! When you find a vintage piece that you can’t live without, eliminate odors so you don’t have to live with those, too! Find Local Storage wants to help you transform your smelly bureau into a grandiose work of art, today. Find a nearby storage unit to store your unique items, or remove them from storage and find a place in your home for your treasured piece.