Couches, and the upholstery that covers them, are some of the most used and well-loved items in our homes. A couch makes for the perfect Sunday afternoon nap, or a quiet nook to snuggle up into and read your favorite book. People and pets love the couch all the same, but we’re all creatures with a unique smell that, over time, transfers to our furniture.
Do you have that one piece of furniture you just can’t part with because it holds so many memories? Or, perhaps you love thrifting and finding interesting furniture, yet when you bring it home, you notice the faint smell of old beer and stale cigarettes! At Crystal Clean Carpet Care in Kearney, we’re here to help tackle odor control in all your living spaces. Follow along and learn how to get a start on deodorizing your couch upholstery.
The Upholstery All-Stars
This cleaning duo is likely something you already have in your home and use for other cleaning products. The odor control all-stars extraordinaire are baking soda and vinegar. Together, they can tackle any mildewy, musty, or foul body odor your couch wafts.
How to use this all-star team:
Always begin be giving your couch a thorough vacuuming – This removes the dirt, grime, dander, and hair that may be contributing to the foul smell.
- Baking soda – Sprinkle baking soda liberally and cover your entire couch — don’t forget to remove the cushions and sprinkle under them. Your couch should have a visible layer of baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for at least 15 minutes, or overnight if it just reeks. After it has had time to soak up and deodorize, vacuum up the baking soda — repeat if necessary.
- White vinegar – Mix up a water and vinegar solution in a spray bottle — try a 1:3 or 1:2 dilution for tough odors, and always check your furniture code to ensure that you’re able to use water in it (it will have a “W”). Once you have your deodorizing spray, lightly saturate the upholstery and let it be. You may smell the vinegar, but as it dries, it will go away along with the smells of the couch. You can repeat this as necessary, and for double deodorizing action, use both the baking soda and vinegar methods together!
Other Wonderful Deodorizers
- Vodka – Similar to white vinegar, you can use vodka for a happy-hour-esque cleaning time! You can use what you have, but we’d suggest steering away from the top-shelf stuff! Decant in a spray bottle in similar dilutions to the vinegar. Spray directly on the upholstery and let dry.
- Lemon water – Not only is lemon water great to drink, it’s great for neutralizing odors! Keep in mind when using lemon that it has bleaching properties so always rinse or wipe with another cloth to avoid discoloration — or patch test a small area to see how it works on the fabric. The lemon water concoction works well on an upholstery alternative material, such as vinyl or leather. Dilute a 1:1 ratio of lemon to water and wipe down the smelly surfaces. Wipe down once more with a clean, damp cloth to avoid bleaching.
You can also put bowls of the two next to your couch to absorb any excess smells, for a clean, pleasant-smelling home!
Odors can ruin the ambiance of a home, so keep your home smelling fresh with these at home tips.