Thrift store finds can be a treasure trove of unique and affordable furniture and clothing. However, these items often come with a distinct odor that can be difficult to get rid of. Here are some tips to help you remove thrift store smell from your furniture and clothing.
Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda generously over the furniture and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Vacuum up the baking soda the next day. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and will help absorb any lingering odors.
White vinegar: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the mixture on the furniture. Allow it to sit for a few hours before wiping it off with a clean cloth. White vinegar is another natural deodorizer and will help neutralize any odors.
Activated charcoal: Place a container of activated charcoal near the furniture to help absorb any odors. Activated charcoal is highly effective at absorbing unwanted smells.
Air it out: Open the windows and doors to let fresh air circulate through the room. Leaving the furniture outside in a well-ventilated area for a few hours can also help.
Vinegar and baking soda: Add a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of baking soda to your washing machine when washing your thrift store clothing. This will help remove any unwanted odors.
Fabric freshener: Apply a fabric freshener or odor eliminator spray to your thrift store clothing to help freshen it up. You can find these products at most stores.
Air dry: Allow your thrift store clothing to air dry in a well-ventilated area. Hanging it outside can also help.
Freezer: Place your thrift store clothing in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a few hours. This will help kill any bacteria causing the odor.
*Please Note: Before using any of these methods, it is important to test a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage to the furniture or clothing.
Storage locations are sometimes cramped and have poor ventilation. So, they can get moldy and musty smelling. We often see this in the supply closets of the facilities we service.
Pine and cedar: Over the years, we have found it helpful to use packets of pine pellets or shavings in corners of the room or in trash cans. Cedar chips can also serve this purpose.
At Palmetto Services, we understand that every cleaning challenge is unique. If you have tried these tips and are still struggling with thrift store smell, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of professionals has the experience and tools necessary to tackle even the toughest cleaning jobs. Contact us today to learn more about our professional cleaning services.