How to Get Rid of Musty Smell in Furniture

Updated July 20, 2017

Musty furniture stinks. Literally. Getting rid of that smell can be a challenge, but it's possible with the help of a few products and techniques. Read on to learn how to get rid of a musty smell in furniture.

Try using a product like Febreeze. Test a hidden area of the furniture first to make sure the product doesn't stain.

Run a vacuum over the furniture regularly. You may want to use an old vacuum for this because there is a chance the smell will transfer.

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Mist the furniture and allow the vinegar to dry. Repeat several times if necessary.

Remove any cushion covers. Follow the cleaning instructions for machine washing or dry cleaning.


Always test a method on a portion of the furniture that is unseen.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric freshening spray
  • Vacuum
  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
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