5 Ways To De-Funk Musty Furniture

5 Ways To De-Funk Musty Furniture

Alysha Findley
May 25, 2012

Nothing's worse than finding the most amazing piece of furniture at a thrift store — and on further inspection you get hit in the face with the overwhelming smell of mildew.

I recently passed up an awesome military trunk for this very reason. Soon after that loss a friend tipped me off to some very easy and successful ways to rid furniture of the funk. Now I can freely go shopping with an open mind and an open nose.

Here are five helpful tips to musty funk-free furniture:

Murphy's Oil Soap: The miracle product wins again. Just follow the directions and go to town.

Charcoal: Charcoal is a wonderful odorless filter. Just places briquettes or bags of small pieces (from aquarium stores) in the furniture for 1-2 days and let it do its thing. When finished, just store the charcoal to be re-used at a later time.

Coffee: Ground dry coffee is a great odor remover. Place it in bowls for 24 hours to allow it to absorb the odor.

Baking Soda: This well known odor remover has been around for ages. Just grab an opened box for a few days and you should be good to go.

Kitty Litter: Natural clay kitty litter is another inexpensive odor absorbing option you can try. Fill a few bowls with the litter and let it sit for at least 24 hours.

(Image: A very un-funky Vintage Wood Trunk from the Marissa Rocke Etsy Store)

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