I recently purchased a sweet turquoise sofa circa 1950ish. The upholstery is still in great condition with the exception of a tad bit of fading. However, it stinks… smells much like cat urine. I don’t really think that the smell is cat urine, rather I think it is simply due to the material and aging. I thought that I would be able to get the smell out by steam cleaning using an odor killing additive. But, to no avail. Have you heard of any tricks to removing the aged smell to old upholstery? Crossing my fingers that there is a cure!
Gorgeous sofa, Kendall. But, I don’t know the answer to this one. As I’ve said before, buying a vintage sofa can be difficult for this reason, and because the upholstery — especially anything made of foam — can get all stiff. I would think, though, that smells *can* be tackled. So I’ll open this one up to reader: Readers, have you found solutions to this common problem?