Becky Dietrich, Interior Designer
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CAUTION: Entering used upholstery zone

CAUTION: Entering used upholstery zone

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Becky Dietrich, Interior Designer added this to The Perks and Perils of Reupholstering Old Furniture
Unfortunately, rodents are not the only potential upholstery residents you have to worry about. (Get ready for a collective “eewwww.") Bedbugs are a nasty reality these days. Vitian’s Re-Upholstery blog gives excellent advice, which includes always keeping a flashlight and magnifying glass with you when you are scavenging. These disgusting critters hang out on the backs and undersides of cushions and inside joints, seams, creases and screw or nail holes.What’s the answer to this dilemma? First, quarantine. Unless you are 100 percent certain your fab find is clean and pure, do not bring it into your home immediately. If it’s winter, wrap it in moving blankets or tightly in plastic and take it into the cold. Put the wrapped furniture in an unheated garage or back porch — anywhere where it will be protected from the elements but subject to freezing temperatures. The cold will kill any living insects within 48 hours. If you reside in a very hot climate, three days of 110-degree temperatures will also do the trick.
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