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How to Remove a Musty Smell From the Couch

Musty smells are common in sofas, especially if you have an old one or a sofa that was in a storage facility for a long period of time. No one wants to spend time on a foul smelling sofa; plus, the odor can take over your whole family room. This makes it important to safely clean and deodorize the sofa without damaging it.

Keep an old sofa smelling its best with baking soda.

Sprinkle a coating of baking soda over the couch and let sit overnight. The baking soda naturally deodorizes.

Vacuum the sofa the next day to remove the baking soda.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and mist lightly over the couch. This naturally deodorizes without harming the couch.

Use a steam cleaner to remove set in stains and heavier odor. Fill the steam cleaner with water and steam cleaning solution and use the hose attachment just as you would a vacuum cleaner. This deep cleans and deodorizes the couch.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Steam cleaner
  • Steam cleaning solution

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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