How do you get the smell out of the foam cushions?

Discussion in 'Cushion, Curtains, Carpets, Bedding, Clothing Stor' started by Bayez, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Bayez

    Bayez New Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    I have the covers off, and Washed them, they are hanging out to dry right now. How do I get the stinky smell out of the foam pieces. Or will it not smell once I get the clean covers on? Thanks a bunch!
  2. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

    May 20, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    I think that foam is outgassing and you will just have to live with it until it has diminished. The number of molecules being emitted will slowly subside over time.

    1998 Explorer Sport & 2007 Fleetwood Yuma
  3. Frances

    Frances New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Central Florida
    I agree with Tripod. Most dense foam "smells." Don't spray with anything, or you may create an undesirable (and possibly worse) chemical reaction.

    After some airing, if the cushions still smell, you might try sticking a "fragrant" dryer sheet or a Fabreeze sheet inside when you put the cover back on.

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  4. Retired Alex

    Retired Alex New Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    Limoges, Ontario
    Put the foam into a green garbage bag, close the end of the garbage bag around the hose from a vacuum and turn it on. Suck all the air out of the foam and release the garbage bag. Do this 2 or 3 times to "change" all the air in the foam. It works easier if you can do 2 coushins at a time and put the hose between them. That way you don't get the bag stuck in the end if the vacuum.

    Alex & Mary Burnett
    06 Trail Cruiser 26QBS, 2006 F-150 XLT

    Edited by - Retired Alex on April 24 2009 16:42:42
  5. theraceshop

    theraceshop Belchertown, MA

    May 20, 2008
    Belchertown, Ma
    Put some burned coffee grounds inside. this will remove the smell in popup. You will get a nice coffee smell

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  6. Bayez

    Bayez New Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Hi all! Thanks for the replies! I have washed all of the cushion covers, and the foam peices themselves have all been sitting outside since last wednesday baking in the sun. That has helped some. Today I douced with Febreez (antimicrobial kind) and I cant believe it! They are dry and have no smell whatsoever! I am soooo happy! I am going to put the covers back on this evening. Yayyyy!
  7. Crackshot

    Crackshot New Member

    May 4, 2008
    I have ripped some pretty gigantic stinky farts on the couch and bed in our pup when we had it.
    (Usually when I eat pork products or foods that have a high corn content)

    We used to clean it out after every trip, wipe it down and fabreeze all the beds and cushions before collapsing.
    Every time we opened it up, it smelled nice and new.

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  8. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

    The big trick is to keep on top of it. If the odors get bad enough, are allowed to stay long enough, and you keep subjecting them to more odorous things you will never get rid of the smells. When that happens you only choice is to replace.

    I used to clean cars for a living and I once got a fairly new pickup in that was filthy and stunk to high heaven. (It was from a dealer who took it on trade) I steam cleaned the seats, carpets and headliner 4 times and all but flooded the cab of the truck with Fabreeze and the smells would come back as soon as everything was dry.

    1994 Jayco 1006
    Its not what we take with us that matters but what we leave behind that counts.
  9. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    The foam from our bench cushions has a slight musty smell. Buying new foam is not in the budget, so I started searching the forum. The smell is not strong, in fact, I am the only one that can smell it, and only because I had my nose right up in the cushions removing them from their old covers (which I've trashed.)

    Ran across this interesting advice and seems to make sense. Pull old air out, new fresh air goes in ...

    Since I just purchased some XL space bags, I sacrificed one to give this a shot. I put each cushion, one a time, in the bag and sucked every bit of air out 5 times over. I had them flat as a pancake. The smell was still there.

    So, after that, I put all four of them in my bathtub and squeezed a mixture of laundry and dish soap into each of them, filled the tub and let them soak in it overnight. Not an easy task since they all want to float on top, even saturated with water! They had to be stacked and weighted.

    Today, I moved them one at a time to the shower for rinsing. [:O] Not as easy as it sounds. Let's just say I've had quite the aerobic workout today! Once I got each to rinse clear, I took them out to lay on deck railing in the sun. They smell like soap right now, I hope that stays once they dry completely, which could take awhile.
  10. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    I don't recommend trying this at home. The foam is nearly impossible to dry out completely. [:O]
  11. Laney A

    Laney A My crew: Me, hubby and our 3 K9's.

    Oct 28, 2015
    I'd set them outside in the sun for a few hours to air out. I then spray the foams with an essential oil mixture (10-20 drops essential oil of choice added to 1 ounce of distilled water) and let that dry.

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