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How to Clean and Disinfect Used Furniture

Spray used furniture with bug spray before bringing item inside your home.

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Bugs and other unwanted pests like to burrow in old furniture that sit unattended. There is also the possibly of an item being infested with bed bugs.

When getting used furniture, you sometimes don't know where the item came from or what's hiding in the cracks. That is why I take used furniture directly out to my patio (if you have a garage or work shed that's even better!).

If my item has drawers, cabinets or any other compartments, I make sure to either take them out or open them. Using a flashlight, take a good look at your item. Keep an eye out for any bug droppings or bugs themselves.

  • If you do find any dropping or bugs, spray your item with an all-purpose bug spray and leave it out in a well ventilated area for at least 24 hours.
  • If you don't find any droppings or bugs, still spray your item. You not only want to make sure there are no bed bugs hiding, but also fleas, ticks or mites.

Since I have pets, I like to use a pet-safe flea, tick and inspect spray. You can typically find this type of spray at a local pet store or the pet department at a large discount chain. You can also make your own homemade flea spray out of vinegar. If you're concerned about bed bugs, there are a variety of bed bug sprays you can purchase.

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