- 08 May
Part 1: Mold Free House: How to Clean your Wooden Furniture from Mold
Unsightly fungus doesn’t have to mean peril for your home or health. Provided the mold has not spread far and wide, you can remove it from wood quite easily with some good old fashioned hard work. Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew. If you’re dealing with baseboards, trim, or furniture that’s been affected, we’ll show you how to remove mold from wood.
If you have any indoor or outdoor wooden furniture that has grown unsightly mildew, you’ll want to know how to remove it. While set-in mildew may seem a bit tricky to get rid of, you’ll find that with a few common household items, your wood furniture can be clean and mildew-free in no time. Below are the steps you will need to take in order to remove mildew from any wooden piece of furniture in your home.
Before you begin, make sure to protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves, protective eyewear, and most importantly, a face mask to avoid breathing in any spores.
The first step to getting rid of mildew is to clean off as many spores as possible. Take a vacuum cleaner equipped with a hose, a soft brush attachment, and a HEPA filter and go over the affected area to remove any loose spores. Empty the bag or canister into a plastic bag and dispose of it when you are done.
You can give the affected wood furniture a thorough water washing too. If you’re removing mildew from a piece of indoor wooden furniture, use a spray bottle filled with water, paying attention to the mildewed areas. Then vigorously wipe the furniture with a sponge or washcloth. You may need to repeat this process several times before the affected areas are completely clean. Once you’ve finished this initial cleaning, use a washcloth or paper towel to dry off your furniture.
Indoor furniture, which is usually finished, will usually not need such abrasive cleansers because the mildew won’t penetrate as far into the wood. Mild cleaners will also preserve the finish while product like bleach could damage it. So stick to a simple solution of dishwashing detergent and warm water and apply it to the wood with a soft-bristled scrub brush. If the mildew persists, you can try a vinegar solution instead. Spritz the affected areas with vinegar from a spray bottle and leave it to sit for about an hour. Afterward, wipe the wood clean with a damp towel. If the furniture appears free of mildew upon inspection, then you can finish drying it; otherwise, reapply the solutions as needed.
About the Author
My journey as a Cleveland home inspector began 15 years ago when I was buying real estate properties in Ohio. Because they were my investments, I wanted to make sure I was getting a great deal, so I decided to learn everything I could about general home inspections.