short stop chem-dry upholstery cleaningYou walk through the aisles of a thrift shop, carefully examining the crammed shelves, hoping to find a piece of treasure among all the garbage. On another occasion, you pull over the car when you see a sign advertising a garage sale and start hunting. Why do we do this? Because everybody loves a good bargain! If you’re lucky you really can find a steal! A piece of treasure! Well what about old used furniture? Is that something worth bringing home? The answer to this question is yes…if you remember one thing. You don’t know where that furniture has been and you should have it cleaned.

First make sure that the furniture is properly disinfected. Whether you use sanitizing wipes, aerosol sprays, or a homemade mixture of vinegar and water, it really is up to you. The best way to sanitize furniture is to call up the professionals at Short Stop Chem-Dry whose team of trained upholstery specialists will come and apply their professional-grade sanitizer. The reason why disinfecting is so important is that it will eliminate bacteria from the fibers of the upholstery.

After you have sanitized and disinfected your furniture, you can begin removing any unwanted odors.  Since many of these odors can be caused by moisture that has been trapped in the fabric or pet odors, fabric fresheners and deodorizers won’t get rid of the musty smell.  Instead, you should try cleaning the fabric with warm water and vinegar or using baking soda or calling Chem-Dry who specializes in eliminating unwanted odors, not just masking them including pet odors.

Now, your furniture may be free from harmful bacteria, but that doesn’t mean it smells great. It might still smell like the old man who you bought it from. To get rid of the odors, don’t waste your time using fabric fresheners and deodorizers. Rather, clean the fabric with warm water and vinegar, baking soda, or just call Short Stop Chem-Dry. They’ll make your life easy and your furniture smelling fresh and clean. Chem-Dry specializes in removing odors (especially pet odors) completely, not just covering them up with temporary scents.

Once you have taken these crucial steps, you will feel more comfortable bringing the furniture into your home and you can begin to enjoy your new treasures!