Microfiber Odor

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Old 07-22-06, 11:34 AM
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Microfiber Odor

Received a microfiber computer desk chair that has a very strong odor and was hopeful of any suggestions for treating the material to get rid of the smell.

Have tried just letting air out, vacuuming..

Any assistance would be appreciated.
 
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Old 07-22-06, 11:53 AM
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You can try baking soda and then vaccuming.
 
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Old 07-22-06, 12:17 PM
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Airing it out is truly the best way

If you can determine it is in fact the material rather than the frame, you may have some luck covering up the smell with Febreze et al.

Or to beef up DIYAddict's baking soda, Arm & Hammer does has a carpet "pet odor" freshener which is basically baking soda plus
You would sprinkle it on and vacuum it off
 
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Old 07-24-06, 08:18 AM
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Microfiber Odor

Thank you both for the suggestions. We will give them a try and hope for the best.
 
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Old 07-24-06, 11:09 AM
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received it from who/where? and what is the smell???
 
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Old 07-24-06, 11:14 AM
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I like OdoBan for odor removal, febreeze and the like tendto cover odors more than remove, IMO.

Annette is right in looking for more information on what exactly is the cause of the odor.
 
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I have never encountered an account of odor associated with microfiber except for odors associated with pet urine and other liquids that have soaked into padding beneath upholstery. You state that you 'received' the chair. If used, perhaps there was a spill that saturated padding and is causing the odor. If you purchased the chair new, return the chair to the retailer and explain the odor problem.

Certain dyes produce an odor. This could be a possibility if the microfiber was not solution dyed while fibers were in molten state. Microfibers are made with synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon, which are made from petrochemicals. Some rayon and acrylic micros are used. Micros can be used alone or blended with other conventional man-made fibers or with natural fibers such as cotton, wool, and silk. Man-made fibers typically have no odor, especially if solution dyed.

A greater possibility could be that the odor is emanating from the padding beneath the upholstery rather than the upholstery. An enzyme digester deodorizer may be helpful if source of odor is organic. Enzymes should not be used on wool or silk because they are organic. Spraying on scents that mask odors will tend to provide only temporary relief. As suggested, airing may be helpful. Thoroughly cleaning padding beneath is impossible.
 
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Old 07-28-06, 10:02 PM
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hello rug doctor?

Make sure you get the upolstory attatchment and buy their chemicals. Sentimental reasons can destroy perfectly good office furniture.
 
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