How to remove unpleasant odors from the sofa

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

Odors in the sofa 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 various ways to remove odors from the sofa.

General tips on how to 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 such as a pet or trash can.

Vacuuming the sofa with a vacuum cleaner

Another way to remove odors from the sofa is to vacuum the sofa with a vacuum cleaner. This removes loose particles and hair that can intensify odors. Use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery nozzle attachment to thoroughly clean the seams and folds of the sofa.

Cleaning agent & 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 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. Allow the sofa to dry thoroughly before using it again.

Another way to remove odors from the sofa is to spray cleaning agent directly onto the affected areas. There are various cleaning agents on the market that have been specially developed to combat odors in upholstered furniture. Spray the cleaning agent onto the affected areas and leave it to work according to the instructions. You can then vacuum or wipe the sofa to remove the cleaning agent.

Other simple home remedies for foul odors in the sofa

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


Vinegar has a neutralizing effect and can be mixed with water in a ratio of 2:1 and applied to the sofa using a spray bottle. Baking 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 to make the sofa smell fresh again.

Baking soda

You can use baking soda to remove odors from the sofa. Baking soda draws moisture out of 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 to work overnight. Vacuum the baking soda the next day. In cases of heavier soiling and odor, you must work the baking soda in with water.

Rose water

Rose water is a household remedy that can be used to combat unpleasant odors in the sofa. However, it only covers the odors and does not remove them. It is therefore only partially effective for stubborn odors. To use rose water, simply spray it on the sofa and leave it to dry. Alternatively, you can moisten a cloth with it and wipe the sofa with it in the direction of the fibers. Rose water binds the odors and gives the sofa a pleasant rose scent.

The advantage of modular sofas in terms of washability

One advantage of a modular Livom sofa is that the individual parts of the sofa can be removed and washed separately. This means that stains and odors can 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.

With almost all Livom sofas, you can remove the sofa covers and wash them easily in the washing machine at 30 degrees.

How to remove the smell of smoke

Smoking households can be affected by the smell of cigarette smoke. Furniture and walls absorb the smell of smoke and nicotine builds up. To avoid this, you should not smoke indoors, 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. You can then treat the sofa with rose water to give it a pleasant scent.

Your new sofa smells of chemicals

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

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

How to reliably remove odors from upholstered furniture

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

A steam cleaner can help with stubborn and deep stains. 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, you should consult a specialist.

Please note that all tips are carried out at your own risk and we accept no liability.