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How to Protect and Heal Your Outdoor Timber Furniture

You can do so much for your furniture to keep it in shape. Your aim is not to buy a new piece of furniture every time you see mold on it. Many different methods for removal of mold and prevention are at your disposal.

So what to do if there ever was a rainfall and you could not move the furniture into a dry area? If you protected your wood, then everything will be fine. However, if your furniture had cushions there will eventually be moldy. You can throw it out if it is beyond helping, try cleaning it or just dry it. The third possibility is doable only if you bought the right furniture. The market offers a wide range of timber design furniture with the right kind of foam that dries fast and retards the growth of common molds and fungus. Therefore, the choice of cushions that go with the furniture should also be imperative.

Cleaning the fabric

Usually, soggy upholstered furniture needs to be disposed of unless it is an antique piece or very valuable in which case you want to save it. If the cushions or the fabrics are still wet, you need to dry them thoroughly. The usual weapon against mold in any household is bleach, but it is advisable to avoid it. And you should avoid it. You can damage both the quality of the fabric and cause discoloration. The best alternative is vinegar. Usually the proportion of vinegar and water in 80:20 would do the trick. Spray it over the fabric, scrub and rinse with water. However, if you are too afraid of damaging the canvas you can always buy a disinfectant. Apply the disinfectant in the 50:50 proportion and rinse it with a mixture of lemon juice, salt, and water. Avoid experimenting with concoctions. Always check what the best solution is, as there are many good online resources concerning mold issues.

Cleaning the timber

No matter whether you live in a humid and hot climate, or your furniture was caught in a rainfall, the mold will find its way. When your furniture “catches” mold, you can always seek rescue in vinegar. Apply with a spray a solution made with vinegar. If you are bothered by the smell of vinegar, you can always add a few drops of essential oils. Additionally, the most stubborn mold can be removed with mixtures containing ammonia. After it all dries out, you need to ensure that the timber is protected. When it is dry, sand its surface to clean all the dirty areas. If any part of the furniture was damaged beyond repair, this is the time to replace it. Now all you need to do is apply the right finish.


Even the best of finishes deteriorate over time, so you will most certainly have to redo the finishes on your timber furniture. If you plan to store the outdoor furniture, always make sure it is completely dry. In addition, mold is stubborn, so you will need to check periodically for any traces of mold and treat it accordingly before it spreads.

Derek Lotts writes about recycling, gardening, home improvement and thinks these all fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. In his free time he likes spending time in nature with his wife. 

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