Removing Mildew on Wood Furniture
Has mould attacked your wooden furniture outside? You need to learn what kills mould and how to remove mould from your furniture so you can keep it for many years to come. Outdoor furniture is susceptible to a lot of damage. The elements can really beat up your wooden furniture leaving it looking old, withered and full of mould. It's very important to take care of your outdoor furniture just as you would your indoor furniture. That means, if you spot some mould growing on it, you'll have to learn how to remove mould from it and how to make it look great again. Mould will settle into anything that contains excess moisture, especially wood and other building materials. Since wood is an organic material, mould will feed on it and use it as it's home. If you're not careful and you don't remove the mould right away, it could spread and cause a lot of damage to the piece. The good news is, even the most mould ridden wood furniture can be restored, and the mould can be removed for good. It might take a bit more work simply because the mould will grow in the grains and cracks in the wood, deeply penetrating the material. But it's not impossible to clean it off completely with the right cleaning tips.
First of all, what kills mould? The best things to use on mould will be cleaners like vinegar or alcohol. Something that will kill the mould spores on contact. There are other natural cleaners that kill mould like tea tree essential oil, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. You can try a variety of these different cleaners to see which one works best on your wood furniture. Whenever you're cleaning up mould, make sure you wear a mask to protect your nose and mouth, eye wear to protect your eyes and gloves to protect your hands. You don't want to breathe in any mould spores or get them in your eyes or on your skin. It's important to remove as many of the spores as possible, so if the piece of furniture is wet, allow it to dry out completely and then vacuum it off. Make sure you throw away the vacuum bag right away or clean out the canister really well with vinegar after vacuuming up mould. You can use your hose to spray off any significant mould then you can apply your cleaner.
You can use bleach on unfinished wood using a mixture of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Just spray the affected area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then scrub the area really well to remove all of the spores. Then you can rinse the entire piece off once again using your hose. In place of bleach, you can use plain white vinegar for a more natural option. Once you've washed the entire piece and rinsed it off, allow it to dry out in the sun. The sunlight will also kill any mould spores that remain. When the furniture is dry, look for stains and mould spots, and if there are stains left behind from the mould which can happen, you'll have to sand it off. Use a sheet of fine grit sand paper to hand sand the furniture in the areas it needs it. Don't use a power sander because it may take off too much of the wood which will not be good for your furniture either. To prevent mould on your outdoor wood furniture make sure you keep it in your garage, covered up with blankets away from any moisture.***
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