FurnitureCleaning
To Top

Deodorize a Musty Couch?

Category Furniture

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.

Ad



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.

Adam

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

By guest (Guest Post)
September 5, 20040 found this helpful

sprinkle baking soda all over it........leave for a few days and then vacuum it up........if that doesnt work, try cat litter........both absorb odors..........susan

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 5, 20040 found this helpful

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

By guest (Guest Post)
September 14, 20040 found this helpful

use some febreeze on it.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 9, 20050 found this helpful

We received a FREE couch today... woo hoo! It fits together with my current set perfectly. I'm so excited.

The problem I have is it has a musty odor from sitting in the previous owner's garage for a while. I rubbed it with a dryer sheet, but the odor came back.

It's cloth velour type stuff. (You know, you rub your hand across one way and it's dark, then you rub it the other way and it's a lighter color?) It's dark brown. I don't want to ruin the upholstery, but I will take some chances.

The solution doesn't need to be super frugal, just so it's not stinky anymore. Thanks so much for your help.

Michelle Darby, NJ

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

By guest (Guest Post)
June 10, 20050 found this helpful

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 amasing. 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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
August 19, 20050 found this helpful

ZeroOdorPet.com

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By guest (Guest Post)
May 9, 20070 found this helpful

I'm sure some people have couches with removable covers on their cushions and are tempted to hand or machine wash them. Is that wise or will getting them wet change their shape like with the car apholstery above? Thx. Dan P. J. - San Francisco, CA

Ad


joseph(underscore)twin1(at)yahoo(dot)com (please replace parentheses with correct symbols to reply - Thx!)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By guest (Guest Post)
February 7, 20090 found this helpful

The best deodorizer of them all for sure is our lucky old sun! Yep, fair dinkum, it takes time but works every time.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content
Categories
Home and Garden Cleaning FurnitureJune 9, 2005
Guides
Musty Shoes
Cleaning Musty Odors From Shoes
Photo of a furniture spring isolated on white.
Repairing Couch Springs
An antique dresser with many drawers.
Cleaning a Musty Antique Dresser
A top loading washing machine, empty.
Top Loading Washer Smells Musty
More
🎃
Halloween Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/10/13 15:10:35 in 695 msecs. ⛅️️ ⚡️
Loading Something Awesome!