If you're removing things from storage or inheriting older furniture, you will need to know how to remove the mothball smell in furniture. Mothballs have been used for ages to preserve furniture and keep fabric moths from creeping in and ruining the fabric on your furniture. Even though mothballs are excellent for keeping horrible little insects from eating your furniture to pieces, they come with one of the most disgusting smells in the history of smells. The mothball smell in furniture can cause an entire room to smell like mothballs, if furniture is allowed to sit in a room untreated for too long. The best way to get rid of the mothball smell in furniture is to use a combination of nature and modern cleaning products to air the furniture out and kill the elements of the mothballs that cause your furniture to smell.
- Air it out. Let your furniture sit outside in the fresh air for a day or two. The fresh air will eliminate the mothball smell on the surface of your furniture; while the sunlight will kill the mothball odor that is buried deep inside of the fabric of your furniture. If you're unable to let your furniture sit outside for a day, then air out the room that the furniture is in. Open all of the doors and windows in the room where the furniture will be. Let in as much air and sunlight as you can. It may take a while longer than letting the furniture sit outside, but it will still get the mothball smell out of your furniture.
- Use an odor eliminator. Odor eliminators are products that you spray onto the fabric of your furniture to get rid of the mothball odor in the furniture. Spray your furniture with odor eliminator and let it dry. As the odor eliminator dries, its chemicals attach to the elements that cause the mothball smell in your furniture and destroy them to remove the smell. If you have older furniture with a mothball smell, spray a small amount of odor eliminator in a discreet corner of your furniture to make sure that the chemicals in the odor eliminator won't discolor your fabric.
- Hire a professional cleaning service. When all else fails, you can hire a professional cleaning service to remove the mothball smell from your furniture. A professional cleaning service will use a combination of steam treatments and fabric detergents to remove the mothball smell from your furniture. Leaving your furniture clean and mothball free.