How to remove mildew on wood furniture

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Cleaning up your outdoor furniture each year is a good idea, especially if you live somewhere that's prone to high humidity. Wherever there's humidity there's likely to be mould growing on things, especially wood. Mould is a living organism, and like any other living thing, it needs food to survive. Mould feeds on wood and drywall, and it thrives in moisture. So the perfect place for mould to grow is on wood that's been outside left in the rain or humid air to collect moisture. Once the wood becomes saturated in water, the mould can penetrate deep into the fibres of the wood which can end up ruining it if you don't take the time to clean it up properly. You need to learn how to remove mould from your wood furniture and these cleaning tips from Do It Yourself will come in handy the next time you notice some mould on your outdoor wooden furniture. Whenever you're cleaning mould make sure you wear rubber gloves, protective goggles for your eyes, and a face mask, so you don't breathe in any spores. For these cleaning tips from Do It Yourself, you'll also need a vacuum, bags, spray bottles, scrubbing pads, cloths, hose, brushes, soap, vinegar, bleach and sandpaper.

First, you'll want to give your furniture a shower before you start. So put on your protective wear and then clean off the mould spores with your vacuum and once you're done make sure you throw away the vacuum bag right away, so you don't spread the spores around too much. Then, take your hose and start spraying the furniture with water. If you have a power spraying nozzle use that to spray the furniture down really well. Once you're done that, you can allow the piece to dry off in the sun which will also help to kill the mould too. Once it's dry use some vinegar in your spray bottle and spray the mouldy areas with the vinegar. Allow the vinegar to soak on the mould to kill the spores and then scrub the areas with a cleaning brush. You can then rinse the entire piece again and allow it to dry out completely. Once it's dry, take some sandpaper to get rid of any stains left behind from the mould. Just hand sand the furniture to take off the thin layer of mould. Once you've done that, you can then clean the furniture again with the vinegar and then allow it to dry completely in the sun.

To prevent mould from growing on your outdoor wood furniture, you can make sure that you have it stored away during the rainy weather or in the winter. You can also place it under an awning or a shelter to keep it dry or place some furniture covers over it to protect it. Check your furniture often to make sure that it's not growing mould and anytime you see mould growing on it make sure to clean it up using these cleaning tips as soon as possible. You can also apply a sealant on your outdoor wooden furniture which could help to keep mould off of the wood. The sealant is a protective layer that helps keep wood mould free. It also helps keep it free from water damage as well. If you want to learn how to remove mould from other areas of your home and yard, you can use very similar cleaning tips to the ones you see here. Vinegar is a great natural defence against mould and so is baking soda and essential oils. Try out these cleaning tips and see how well they work for you.***

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