How to Get Rid of a Chemical Smell in New Furniture

After bringing home a new piece of furniture from a store, it's not uncommon to notice a peculiar chemical smell. Unfortunately, this isn't just due to packaging or days spent lingering in a warehouse. In fact, there are certain harmful chemicals -- known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs -- that are used to treat furniture and that have been linked to respiratory and nervous system damage. There are a few simple methods you can employ to get rid of the chemical smell and some of the dangers associated with it.

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New furniture may emit a chemical smell that can cause respiratory problems.

For Furniture With Removable Fabric

Step 1

Remove any covers or fabrics on your furniture that can be removed, such as chair backings or couch cushions.

Step 2

Launder these items according to the care instructions found on the furniture label. Pay attention to symbols such as W/S or S. The first symbol indicates that you can clean the items with water and soap, whereas the S indicates that only a solvent-based cleaner can be used to clean the items.

Step 3

Leave the fabric items outside to air dry. If you can't leave them outdoors, then leave them in a well-ventilated room or a room with a fan.

For Furniture Without Removable Fabric

Step 1

Dissolve 1 tbsp. of baking soda into a cup of warm water.

Step 2

Moisten a clean cloth with the mixture.

Step 3

Wipe down the furniture with the cloth. The baking soda mixture should absorb the chemical smell.

Step 4

Allow the furniture to air dry.