How to remove formaldehyde from furniture?


New furniture may smell like formaldehyde or chemical odors due to the materials used in the manufacturing process. Let the furniture air out as much as possible before bringing it inside, or leave it in an enclosed area with windows for a few days. You may even notice a slight odor after you deodorize the furniture, and the smell will disappear over time. Here are ways how to remove formaldehyde from the furniture.


If you are dealing with a new sofa or dresser, it may smell strongly of formaldehyde. This chemical is used in the manufacture of many furniture made from plywood or particleboard and is also present in some adhesives used in furniture production. Remove any packaging or plastic covering the furniture before bringing the furniture into your home.

If possible, leave perishable furniture outside for several days before bringing it into your home. A porch, patio, shaded canopy, carport, or garage with an open door are all places where you can cool off that furniture before you enter your home.

If you can’t keep furniture outside, put it in a room that has a door that closes off access to the rest of the house. Open all the windows and put a fan in the open window, they will absorb the air in the room. If possible, turn on the ceiling fan.

Open all the doors or drawers of the furniture in the furniture, so that the interior of the rooms gets fresh air.

Remove cushions or cushions from upholstered furniture and air each piece individually.

Also, check out how to get smoke smell out of wood furniture.

Remove excess odor

The furniture smells a bit even after exhaling. It takes some time to reduce the odor to an almost imperceptible level, but some natural odor removers can speed up the process.

Sprinkle baking soda on upholstered furniture and pillows and vacuum after an hour or so.

For furniture with doors or drawers, place a container of baking soda in the cabinet or drawer near the door or drawer, and remove the baking soda the next day. Repeat the process if necessary.

A bowl of dry coffee can also be used to absorb odors in a cabinet or drawer. Roll up a sheet of newspaper and place it next to the extra bowl to remove the smell.

Once in the house keep furniture away from direct sunlight and the heat from sunlight can cause the piece to release more gas than it otherwise would.

If you are sensitive to the formaldehyde odor coming from plywood or particleboard furniture, seal the exposed material with environmentally friendly light paint or an eco-friendly primer and paint. The eco-friendly products don’t emit VOCs like their standard products, so you don’t have to worry about inhaling other chemicals.

These were some really simple ways how to remove formaldehyde from furniture. Check out more solutions to home-related problems.

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