Removing New Furniture Smell

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Removing New Furniture Smell
Clean your furniture to remove that newly purchased smell. (brown leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

New furniture sometimes comes straight from the factory or furniture store with a strong smell. The smell is a combination of the chemicals used in manufacturing the furniture and the materials of which the furniture is made. Simple home cleaning products can help you eliminate that hard-to-tolerate smell.

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Things you need

  • Rags
  • Dish soap
  • Large bowl
  • Baking Soda
  • Woolite
  • Resolve
  • Murphy's oil soap
  • Pledge

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    Add one or two tablespoons of dish soap to a large bowl of warm water. Mix in the dish soap until the water becomes sudsy.

    Removing New Furniture Smell
    Baby shampoo is one of the mild products that can be used to clean leather furniture. (behälter image by andreas from
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    Wipe the furniture with the soap and water solution, using a rag to apply. Do not soak any one part of the sofa with the solution for too long a period of time. Dry off the furniture with an old towel.

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    Dish soap works wonders to clean leather furniture. (Morgan_dishes1_070307 image by TMorgan from
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    Allow the furniture to dry. This may take between 12 and 24 hours.

    Removing New Furniture Smell
    Remind family members to keep off the furniture while it dries. (brown leather rocker recliner image by James Phelps from
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    Use a cleaner such as Woolite or Resolve carpet cleaner on upholstered furniture. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of the selected cleaner into a bowl of warm water. You can also add either baking soda or ammonia to the water, but not both. The combination of baking soda and ammonia can create a chemical reaction that may make you ill.

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    Remove the new-couch smell so your family can enjoy the furniture. (on the couch image by max blain from
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    Wipe down the upholstered furniture with the cleaning mixture using a rag. Wring out the rag so it is damp, as opposed to soaking.

    Removing New Furniture Smell
    Save your rags; they come in handy for furniture cleaning. (rag image by Henryk Olszewski from
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    Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours.

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    If the furniture has any accompanying decorator cushions, clean them in the same way. Place the cushions outside to air-dry.

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    Remove the smell from wooden furniture with furniture polish or oil soap.

    Removing New Furniture Smell
    Oil soap is an effective wood furniture cleaner. (beautiful furniture image by Leticia Wilson from
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    Use a damp rag to wipe the furniture down. Do not use too much water on the wood furniture, as this can cause water stains, and the rag should be soft and made of cotton or a cotton-like material.

    Removing New Furniture Smell
    Cotton rags are best for furniture cleaning. (towel image by Alison Bowden from
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    Dry off the furniture with a dry rag.

    Removing New Furniture Smell
    Cleaning your furniture will not only eliminate that new-furniture smell, it will help maintain the new look. (kommode image by Marvin Gerste from

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