Used Furniture: 5 Tips for Disinfecting Your New Find


For some people, hunting garage sales and second-hand stores has become almost a sport. If you are one of these people, you know how exhilarating it is to find that perfect vintage piece of furniture that has so much potential, but is in need of a little TLC.

Once you find that amazing piece of furniture you can’t live without, there are a few steps you should take to get it ready for use in your home. Here are 5 tips that will help you get started and spruce up your newest find.  

1. Take Inventory of the Piece

Regardless of how clean a piece of furniture may appear, if it’s been previously owned, you need to inspect it closely prior to purchase. Pull out all of the cushions, flip the piece over, pull out drawers, and inspect every inch of the item, paying extra attention to dark places that are the most difficult to access. At this point, you’re searching for any signs of bugs, since used furniture is notorious for transporting bed bugs, fleas, and other undesirable pests from home to home.

2. Get Rid of Any Bugs

When bugs are present on a piece, it is possible to get rid of them, but it can be a difficult process. If you’d prefer to use a method that requires fewer chemicals than dousing the piece in bug spray, you’re in luck, as there are more environmentally-friendly methods.

Steam kills almost anything, and having the piece of furniture steam cleaned may be enough to kill any bugs present. Another idea is to encase the piece in a large furniture-sized plastic bag, add in some diatomaceous earth, seal the bag tightly, then leave it outdoors for several days. This should kill any infestation present.

3. Clean and Disinfect the Piece

Once you’re confident the furniture is bug-free, it’s time to get it disinfected. This step can be completed simply with the use of disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, and even steam cleaning. Whatever method you choose, wipe down the piece until you feel confident it is clean.

4. Kill the Smell

It’s common to notice a musty, moldy smell in many old pieces of furniture. Thankfully, this smell is relatively easy to get rid of. Sprinkle baking soda on any upholstered portions of the furniture, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum it up. Vinegar can also be used on other surfaces to kill the bacteria that are causing the musty smell.

5. Remove Stains

Finally, it’s time to remove any stains that are tarnishing your furniture. Rust is easily removed with lemon juice and salt, ink will typically come out with rubbing alcohol, and WD40 is excellent at removing crayon. When you encounter a particularly difficult stain, the professionals at Zerorez can help.

Contact Zerorez Today

Cleaning and disinfecting used furniture is a process, but it is possible to do. When you want to be sure it’s cleaned right the first time, learn more about how the professionals at Zerorez can help!

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