Picking up new furniture can be a costly endeavor, but there are ways to cut costs. For example, you can purchase some quality second-hand pieces. The process of searching for used furniture at thrift stores, garage sales, and antique shops can be a lot of fun too. Once you actually have your furniture, it’s time to personalize it. The first step is going to be proper cleaning to eliminate all evidence of the previous owner, including stains, odors, and dust. Here are a few tips from the upholstered furniture cleaning pros at Chinook Chem-Dry to get you started.
TIP 1: Make It Fresh
You’re going to want to go beyond a simple vacuum to actually make your furniture fresh. A quick look at Pinterest will let you know a variety of ways to clean used furniture. There are plenty of DIY solutions, from simple aerosol sprays to cooking up your own cleaning solution. A professional upholstery cleaner like Chinook Chem-Dry will be able to help you out as well.
TIP 2: Clean To Remove Odors
Not too many people would want to have furniture with leftover smells from a previous owner. A good place to start is to find out exactly what’s causing the odor. Most odors are caused by trapped moisture or stains in the fabric. That can be from common spills or pet accidents. Fabric fresheners and deodorizers may do a good job of masking the scent for a time, but you’ll need to do something more to eliminate the unpleasant smells. A couple of DIY solutions you can try are cleaning the fabric with warm water and vinegar or using baking soda. Sometimes the stain and its subsequent odor are set deeper into the fabric which can be difficult to clean on your own. That’s when it’s definitely time to call up Chem-Dry. We can remove virtually any stain and odor from your furniture. Even the nasty pet urine stains.
We hope these tips make you feel even better about buying a used piece of furniture. Get out there and start finding new treasures to bring into your home.