Removing unpleasant odors from the sofa: this is how to do it

Unangenehme Gerüche aus dem Sofa entfernen: So geht’s - Livom

Sofa odors are a common problem, especially in households with pets or small children. These odors can be unpleasant and affect the well-being of your home. Fortunately, there are several ways to remove odors from your sofa.

General tips on how you can remove unpleasant odors from the sofa

One of the easiest ways to remove odors from the Sofa is to air the room regularly. Open the windows and allow fresh air to flow into the room to dilute and reduce odors. This is especially important if the sofa is right next to a source of odors like a pet or trash can.

Vacuuming the sofa with a vacuum cleaner

Another way to remove odors from the sofa is to vacuum it with a vacuum cleaner. This will remove loose particles and hair that can increase odors. To do this, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery nozzle attachment to thoroughly clean the seams and folds of the sofa as well.

Detergent & water

If vacuuming the sofa is not enough to remove the odors, you can use a solution of water and a mild detergent to thoroughly wash the sofa. Mix a small amount of the detergent with warm water and apply the solution to the sofa with a soft cloth. Then wipe the sofa with a clean, damp cloth to remove the cleaning solution. Then allow the sofa to dry thoroughly before using it again.

Another way to remove odors from the sofa is to spray detergent directly on the affected areas. There are several cleaners on the market that are specifically designed to combat odors in upholstered furniture. Spray the detergent on the affected areas and let it work as instructed. You can then vacuum or wipe the sofa to remove the cleaning agent.

Other simple home remedies for bad odors in the sofa

Odors in the sofa can be removed with three simple home remedies if you don't have special cleaning products on hand.Vinegar, baking soda and citric acid are effective remedies for superficial stains and the associated odors.


Vinegar has a neutralizing effect and can be mixed with water at a 2:1 ratio and applied to the sofa with a spray bottle. Soda can be sprinkled on the affected area and then vacuumed off. Citric acid can be applied in concentrated form to the affected area and then washed off with water. These home remedies are effective and can help the sofa smell fresh again.


To remove odors from the sofa, you can use baking soda. Soda pulls moisture from the sofa and thus removes unpleasant odors. It also has an antibacterial effect and fights dust mites, which is beneficial for allergy sufferers. To use baking soda, sprinkle 200 g of fine-grained baking soda on the sofa and leave it overnight. The next day, vacuum the baking soda off. In cases of heavier soiling and stench, you will need to work the baking soda in with water.

Rose water

Rose water is a home remedy that can be used against unpleasant odors in the sofa. However, it only overlays the odors and does not remove them. Therefore, it is only partially effective against stubborn odors. To use rose water, simply spray it on the sofa and let it dry. Alternatively, you can dampen a cloth with it and wipe the sofa with it in the direction of the grain. Rose water binds the odors and gives the sofa a pleasant scent of roses.

The advantage of modular sofas in terms of washability

An advantage of a Livom modular sofa is that the individual parts of the sofa can be removed and washed separately. This allows stains and odors to be treated specifically in the affected area without having to wash the entire sofa. This can save time and effort and ensures that the sofa is thoroughly cleaned. In addition, the washability of a modular sofa makes it possible to keep the sofa clean and hygienic for longer.

Almost all Livom sofas allow you to remove the covers of the sofa and conveniently wash them in the washing machine at 30 degrees.

How to remove a smoke smell

Smoking households can pollute their interior with the smell of cigarette smoke. Furniture and walls take on the smell of smoke and nicotine builds up. To avoid this, do not smoke inside the house, but outside on the balcony or in the garden.

If your sofa already smells of smoke, you can clean it with vinegar water and wash any cushions or covers. Then you can treat the sofa with rose water to give it a pleasant scent.

Your new sofa smells like chemicals

New upholstered furniture can sometimes emit a strong chemical smell. This stench can be dangerous if it is caused by toxic pollutants. In most cases, however, it is relatively harmless. To be on the safe side, buy high-quality furniture from the start and look for recognized seals such as OEKO-TEX®.

If your new sofa already smells like chemicals, you can try removing the odor with vinegar water and airing the room thoroughly. This can help to eliminate the unpleasant smell.

How to reliably remove odors from upholstered furniture

Odors from upholstered furniture can be removed using various home remedies and special cleaning products. Superficial stains and odors can often be treated well with home remedies such as vinegar, baking soda and citric acid.

For stubborn and deep stains, a steam cleaner can help. This cleans the sofa with hot steam without chemicals. However, do not use a steam cleaner on leather sofas and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. If in doubt, consult professionals.

Note that the implementation of all tips at your own risk and we assume no liability.