Deodorize a Musty Couch?

June 9, 2005

I found a semi-old couch that my university that was going to thrown out. I snagged it before they could throw it in the dumpster. It is a really nice couch that I could really use, but it has a slight mildew and dusty smell to it.


It is cloth and possibly some microfiber. I need to clean the whole thing (Cushions, and back). What's the best and LEAST EXPENSIVE way to give this dusty old couch a good cleaning? I am a college student so cost is an issue. Thanks for any advice in advance.



By susan. (Guest Post)
September 5, 20040 found this helpful
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Sprinkle baking soda all over it. Leave for a few days and then vacuum it up. If that doesn't work, try cat litter. Both absorb odors.

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September 5, 20040 found this helpful
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You could hire a steam cleaner. Or you could buy a bottle of upholstery cleaner and follow the directions. You might want to air it as much as possible by taking the cushions off and leaving the windows open as much as you can, that will help.


Even one of those fabric sprays (fabfresh/febreeze) for removing smells may work because they have odor neutralisers in them. The mustyness is caused by damp, so you'll want to dry it out as much as possible afterwards.

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By ardis barnes (Guest Post)
June 10, 20050 found this helpful
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Use an upholstery cleaner, or a rented carpet cleaner with attachments for furniture. Put straight white vinegar in the clean water tank. The vinegar odor wont last long. It's amazing. Then just for good measure, use fabric spray, like Fresh Care. Use fans to dry it. Be generous with the vinegar, but make sure you suction most of it out.

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By (Guest Post)
February 7, 20090 found this helpful
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The best deodorizer of them all for sure is our lucky old sun! Yep, fair dinkum, it takes time but works every time.

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