Thrifty shoppers know that brand new furniture is expensive, and you can often find great deals on used furniture from thrift shops, yard sales, and even the side of the road. However, have you ever stopped to think about what’s on and inside of that used furniture? Often used furniture is a breeding home for bacteria and other germs. That’s not to mention old sweat, pet urine, and other strange spills and smells. Do you really want to bring all of that into your nice clean home? If not, you must follow these steps to clean and disinfect your new used furniture before it ever enters your home.

First, be sure to properly disinfect your used furniture. There are many options to ensure a proper sanitation, including sanitizing wipes, aerosol sprays, or a homemade mixture of vinegar and warm water. If do purchase something like aerosol sprays, make sure that it is actually disinfecting and not just odor masking. You’re looking for something to eliminate bacteria. This is a crucial step, so be sure not to skip it.

Next, give your furniture a proper cleaning after it has dried. Vacuum it to remove any  dust, dirt, or hair. You will probably want to remove any cushions and shake them out to dislodge any dirt and dust that has built up. If the furniture has covers that come off, remove them and throw them in the wash (be sure to follow any cleaning instructions on the tags).

The final step is to remove any odors your furniture has brought with it. Since many of these odors are caused by moisture trapped in the fabric, just spraying them with fabric freshers won’t last long. You need to attack the odors at the source. Try scrubbing the area with baking soda and removing it with warm water, or else using a mixture of warm water and vinegar.

It can be difficult to clean furniture on your own, particularly if it has bad stains or pet urine spots. If that’s the case, you will want to call in the professionals at Old Dominion Chem-Dry. We use a professional strength sanitizer to eliminate unhealthy bacteria, and we can remove most tough odors. You can trust us to get your used furniture as clean as new!

You don’t need to worry about buying used furniture, as long as you follow these steps before you bring it home. Good luck with your thrifting and enjoy your new (used) furniture!