the secret to used furnitureFurniture can be expensive. And yet, we all need furniture in our homes. One great way to furnish your home for cheaper is to buy used furniture. You can find great deals at thrift stores, yard sales, maybe even from friends and family who are moving or getting rid of furniture. This all sounds great, until you think about the fact that furniture can hold allergens, bacteria, dirt, smells, and other things you don’t want to bring into your home. So what do you do? Should you forgo buying used furniture all together?

The answer, of course, is no. You don’t have to give up your thrifted treasures, you just have to make sure that you take the right precautions before you bring them into your home. Just follow these easy steps and then enjoy your new (old) furniture!

First, you need to be sure that you properly disinfect your furniture. You can use sanitizing wipes, aerosol sprays, or a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Make sure you get the entire surface area of the furniture (you may need to remove cushions). If you’re worried about introducing bacteria into your home, consider having a professional like Chem-Dry use professional strength sanitizer to remove bacteria completely.

Once your furniture is disinfected, you can begin the task of removing odors and stains from your furniture. Most odors are trapped in the fabric, so fabric fresheners and deodorizers won’t cut it. They’ll cover up the smell for a short period of time, but it’ll be back soon. In order to permanently get rid of odors, try using baking soda, or a mixture of water and vinegar (note: do not try these together). If you have really pesky smells and stains, such as those from pets, you may need to all in professionals like Chem-Dry to eliminate them completely.

Finally, make sure that your furniture is completely dry, and then you should be good to bring it into your home without fear of bacteria or smells entering your home! Buying used furniture can be great for your home and your wallet, but you just need to take these easy precautions first!