The more expensive the furniture, the more easily it seems to collect mildew – that grey-white mold that leaves spots and rots the furniture, from within. We all dread this day because it might mean having to discard the furniture altogether. Or it may mean getting the furniture cleaned by professionals, which would cost a fortune. Cleaning and dusting are not very taxing in terms of effort, money, or time. However, cleaning of mildew send chills down the spine of any homemaker. Not only is it smelly, it may also be invitation to other insects and pets. Of all types of furniture – solid wood, wood veneer, upholstered – it is upholstered furniture, which is most difficult to rid of mildew. The moment it catches mildew, we start contemplating replacing it. Relax, you need not do that. All you need is some simple stuff that may be available in your kitchen. Read on to know how to clean mildew and mold off furniture.
How To Clean Mold & Mildew Off Furniture
The first step in the process is to manually sweep away the mildew. It will cause the bonds between the mold to loosen up, and break. Make sure to do so, outside the house, or else mildew will spread all over the house or room, re-triggering growth of it. Also, vacuum the area where the piece of furniture was kept; discard or properly clean the vacuum bags later.
Alcohol To Clean
If mildew still persists, which may actually happen, use a sponge dipped in soapy water on the fabric of the furniture. Then, using a soft cotton cloth dipped in a mixture of one cup each of water and one diluted denatured alcohol, wipe the affected areas on the fabric. An alternate to denatured alcohol, if not easily available, is a mixture of chlorine bleach with water.
High And Dry
Since it is common knowledge that mildew spreads because of excessive moisture that accumulates in fabric, it is best to dry the fabric thoroughly, in enough sunlight. Maybe the reason why mildew spread so easily and quickly into the piece of fabric was because of insufficient supply of sunlight in the room, where that piece of furniture was kept.
After completely dry, Deodorise and fumigate the fabric of the furniture to remove any more odour or small remainder of mildew that may not have been cleaned totally. Use a low-pressure spray containing fungicide to completely rid it of any more mildew.
- If mildew has spread into all parts of the furniture and persists even after being cleaned repeatedly, then you may have to get professional help to thoroughly dry clean, and fumigate.
- If using ammonia or any other wet substance to clean the wood part of a piece of furniture, in case that is affected too, make sure to wipe it away instantly, or the wetness may trigger off new growth of mildew.
- All these methods, be it fumigation or dry cleaning, will not prevent further attack of mildew. To prevent further attack of mildew, one must expose furniture to enough sunlight, vacuum the furniture and the area where it is kept regularly, and prevent moisture from collecting anywhere near the furniture.