Do It Yourself Furniture Mold Removalby Alana Morein
If you have a leaky roof or flooded room, chances are you have furniture that is in need of some tender loving mold removal care. Unfortunately, furniture mold removal is not as easy as simply spraying a black mold removal product on your couch or favorite dresser and watching that mold problem disappear.
You can however, tackle the problem yourself with the proper equipment like a respirator, gloves and protective eyewear. You’ll also want to make sure you’re removing the fungi from your favorite item, outside. Working outside may seem like a hassle, but if you don’t you’ll wind up spreading the spores of the fungus to other parts of your home.
If you only have a minor mold problem, you could put the effected piece out in the sun for several days. You’ll want to bring the piece in at night or you’ll wind up with dew right back on it. Also, make sure that you remove any cushions and dry them separately in the sun.
You’ll also want to flip the cushions every few hours and remove the foam if possible. You may also need to brush off spores with a stiff brush if the piece isn’t delicate. This method of furniture mold removal will only work if the problem is slight.
If you have an item that can be penetrated such as wicker, you can spray the item with a mixture of hot water and bleach or vinegar. Make sure that the solution is strong enough to kill the fungi, but don’t saturate it or you’ll end up warping the wicker.
Make sure you spray enough however to get in between the cracks and overlays of the wicker’s design. Since wicker is porous, the bleach or vinegar solution should kill the mold.
Once you’ve sprayed the solution on the piece, scrub it with a still brush to loosen any remaining spores. And discard the brush once you’re through using it on the item by placing it into a sealed bag and removing it from the home.
Wipe the item with a clean dry rag to absorb moisture then spray the item with the solution once again and allow it to set for about a day. Repeat scrubbing with a stiff brush and dry with a rag.
Check the on the piece over the next few days for any remaining fungi and repeat the procedure if necessary.
You can look for a mold spray that is specifically design for removing mold, but make sure that the product will not fade furniture and just to be extra safe, you may want to test it in an inconspicuous place.
You should also keep in mind that many chemicals in these products can be just as dangerous as molds themselves. So you may want to consider using one that is eco-friendly on both the environment and the lungs.
To prevent future problems with your furniture and the removal of mold from it, don’t store them in damp places such as basements, garages, shed or anywhere that has a musty smell. Otherwise you’ll end up having to remove the fungi again. And you can see that furniture mold removal can be involved.