How to Get Rid of (Remove) the Old Musty Smell From Vintage Upholstered Furniture
Okay, I have a really great tip for you today on how to rid of the old musty smell from vintage upholstered furniture.
But, first you have to promise me something ‚Äì don‚Äôt judge.¬† It‚Äôs an unusual tip.
First, I removed the slipcovers on this loveseat and the two matching chairs.¬† I washed them in my front loader washer, several times, with a whole lot of white vinegar and a small amount of detergent (to offset the vinegar smell).
This loveseat and coordinating chairs have a long history and are very well made furniture ‚Äì they are just old and had been in the same home for many years with two families.¬† They were in great shape ‚Äì but the cushions, which on the loveseat are down, were very musty.
I tried all kinds of over the counter products and they still smelled.¬† They were really not usable in the state they were in, so I decided it was time to get aggressive in how I approached it.
Then I found some information about how theater companies address the problems.
They use vodka.
Yes you heard me right ‚Äì lots and lots of (cheap) vodka.
I took all the pieces and moved them to the driveway on a sunny warm day when I knew it would stay that way.¬† I used a spray bottle and around 2 and half bottles of straight vodka.
I simply sprayed the entire piece of upholstered furniture in vodka, wetting it pretty well.
Then, I left it for a few hours in the sun and came back and did it again.¬† In total, I did it three times and let it dry all the way.
By the time I brought them in, they were still slightly musty ‚Äì but no smell of alcohol. I then used a bit of the over the counter sprays and the job was done.
I think the true test is when you sit on a piece of upholstered furniture ‚Äì when you offset the cushions, if there is an odor ‚Äì that is when you will smell it.
I can honestly say there is no longer any musty odor in our sofa ‚Äì which is perfect since it is such a fun piece and we love it in this room.
Of course, my furniture was a ‚Äúfix it or ditch it‚Äù approach.¬† If you have a treasured piece ‚Äì please spot check in an inconspicuous area first to see if it leaves any stains or issues.¬† I also was not spraying on the outside ‚Äì just under the slipcovers.
Happy odor removing my friends!
Thanks so much for reading.