DIY: de-stinkifying furniture
We purchased a beautiful Queen Anne-style sofa off Craigslist. The sofa was a prefect fit for our living room as I was looking for a charcoal sofa, preferably Queen Anne. So I was elated to come across an ad for a black and cream brocade sofa. The ad said smoking home, but I thought, well, how bad could that be?
Steven went to the little old lady's house to pay her for the sofa on Wednesday and we'd be back to pick up the sofa on Friday. He called me a minute after paying her and said he'd been in the house for 5 minutes and his teeth tasted like smoke.
We both went on Friday to load up the sofa. Holy moley. The lady had a custom slipcover made for it when she bought it, so the original fabric was in perfect shape. The slipcover used to be white with a shabby chic floral thing happening. It was now corn-tooth yellow except for the part folded under the cushion which was cream.
He got the sofa home and immediately I used the steamcleaner vacuum with the upholstery attachments, filled with extra strength upholstery cleaner. After three passes with that, we doused the thing with about 50 coats of extra strength Fabreeze.
Our sofa was slightly less stinky, but under the Fabreeze smell was eau de ashtray. Gross.
I did some research and discovered a product called “Room Shocker.” Room Shocker is a chlorine dioxide airborne cleaner which is supposed to clean smoke, mildew, pet urine, vomit, mold, you name it. It is eco friendly, and safe for kids, pets and furnishings. I ordered the product hoping for the best.
$25 later, my Room Shocker arrived. It included an insert talking about how the government uses the ingredients to kill off anthrax. Well, if it can kill anthrax, surely it will kill stanky ashtray smell.
We got all set to “bomb” the living room. I tore open the pouch, put water in the cup and placed the cup in front of the sofa. Immediately my living room smelled like a pool party. We let it run through the day and decided to go ahead and let it run the full 24 hours.
The next morning, I went into the living room full of hope. I picked up a pillow and it smelled like.... absolutely nothing! Success! No ash tray smell. No Fabreeze. It didn't smell like anything at all.