How to Clean and Disinfect Used Furniture


If you are trying to save money or if you just love a good bargain, purchasing used furniture is often your best resort. Used furniture can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of buying it retail. Plus, there are so many options for used furniture – from garage sales, to online auction sites and antique stores. However, before you bring in a chair, a couch, or even an old chaise lounge, you may want to disinfect the item before you find the perfect place for it inside your home. When it comes down to it, there are a number of ways to disinfect preowned furniture. Here is how to clean and disinfect used furniture.

Your first step when it comes to disinfecting used furniture is to make sure it is free of any bugs or pests. You just never know what could be living inside an old dresser or in the fabric of a used couch. This is why you want to take a general bug spray and give the furniture a light dusting. After you do this, you want to leave the furniture in a well-ventilated room for a period of up to two days.

After you make sure that the furniture is free of bugs and pests, you want to give the furniture a wipe down. Not only do you want to remove the bug spray, but you also want to remove any dust, debris or detritus that may have collected on the furniture. Sometimes, if you purchase something from a thrift store, it may have a few layers of dust on it. In most cases, you can use a damp rag to remove these layers of dust. If there is a lot of debris, you may want to use the reverse blower function on a shop vacuum to blow the debris away.

Next, you want to take steps to make sure wood is polished and upholstery is free of any stains. When it comes to wood furniture, you want to find out what kind of wood it is and then purchase the right wood cleaner and conditioner. After the wood is conditioned, you can then use a polish to make the wood look new again. When it comes to upholstery, there are a number of avenues you can take. You can use baking soda to remove light stains. You can also use a carpet cleaning solution – like the ones provided by a cleaning service like ServiceKnights. The cleaners will get deep inside the fabric and lift heavy and unsightly stains.

Lastly, preowned furniture often has more life and character than brand new furniture. Plus, preowned furniture won’t have any unhealthy volatile organic compounds. These compounds, which are slowly released from new furniture in a process called off gassing, have traces of formaldehyde. When it comes down to it, disinfecting and cleaning used furniture is easy and it won’t take up too much of your time. The best part is that you will have saved money, which is important when you are furniture shopping for your house.

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