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Cleaning Mold Off Wooden Furniture

There are many modern types of furniture but my personal favorite remains the wooden one.¬†However, as usual, there is a catch. Wooden furniture is very susceptible to mold and other types of damage, so it’s a bad idea to choose this type of furniture if you live in a home with high humidity levels. Of course, should you make that mistake, it’s still not the end of the world. First of all, you can get a dehumidifier and solve the dampness problem. And second of all, even if your wooden furniture gets mold, it’s not the end of the world because you can still do something about it. Here’s what you can do.

Go outside

Although it’s not definitely needed, it’s a good idea to go outside before you commence the cleaning process. This is due to the fact that mold is actually an accumulation of microorganisms and you don’t want them spreading. The fungi reproduce using spores so if you spread the spores in the house you risk another infestation, even if you manage to contain the first one. So go outside.

If that’s not an option, try to ventilate a room of your choosing as much as possible. The end goal is to contain the contagion within certain perimeters. Like I said, if you fail to do so, it will be problematic in the future.

Perform a test

Get a small rag and a cleaner of your choosing (there are many mold cleaners on the market so take your pick). Before you start cleaning, test a small area of the wood to see the effects of the cleaner. Should some damage occur, you want it to be in a place no one would ever notice or care about. This is what you should do every time you’re testing a new cleaner, by the way, because you will save a lot of potentially damaged goods.

Never skip this step just because you think you’ve made the right choice of cleaner, or because a friend recommended it. Different cleaners have different efficiency on different types of wood, so perform the test. It will only take about 15 seconds, but it might end up saving your furniture from a dire fate.


Now it’s time to start cleaning. You’ve tested your chosen cleaners and you’ve realized which would be the most effective one. Now all you have to do is clean it. Start from the sides and work your way to the center of the contagion. If you try it the other way around, you will spread the spores and then will have to do double or even triple work.

When you get to the center, if you’re lucky, you will be able to remove the spores by simply cleaning them. However, sometimes, especially when the wood is older, the contagion is deeper, which is when it simply cannot be cleaned. In this case, you should use some sandpaper and sand the areas as lightly as possible until you remove the mold. After that, if there is something left, apply new paint and coating and your furniture will be good as new.

Author Bio: Connie Jameson works as a professional cleaner for many years. She is a part of putney cleaners and she has a lot of interesting ideas to share with her readers.

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3 thoughts to “Cleaning Mold Off Wooden Furniture”

  1. Thank you for the valuable information! I’m a cleaner myself, but I didn’t know how to save my wooden furniture from the mold!

    Best regards!
    Sanderstead Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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