How to Remove Mold off Furniture?

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How to Remove Mold off Furniture?
A very common question that gets asked is "Is it safe for me to remove mold off furniture myself?" 
 
Depending on the piece of furniture, it can be. However, you must follow certain instructions to ensure that you are safe and the furniture does not get ruined.
 
If the furniture is made of wood or plywood than you can try to remove the mold yourself. 
ie) Tables, chairs, desks, dressers , etc.
 
If the furniture is fabric then it becomes more difficult. The mold spores embed themselves deep into the fabric and make it almost impossible to get rid of in entirely. The smell may never be removed, and often times it is recommended to just dispose of the piece.
ie) fabric couches, cushions, matresses, etc
 
A common place you may ​find mold, especially in storage rooms in the basement, is on clothes or shoes. Because we store these items in a cool, damp place, it gives mold prime location to grow. These items can be cleaned by throwing it in a washer/dryer, washing it by hand.
 
Below is a great article that goes into more detail about how to clean mold off furniture and which pre-cautionary methods you should take.
 
 
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Level 6 (XP: 2400)
last year
lol @cjp thats actually hilarious...and yes mold on furniture sucks! cleaning mold and spores off furniture does not seem like a task I would take on all by myself!
Level 11 (XP: 5050)
last year
I suppose the most important rule here is simple: when in doubt, do not try it yourself.... Better safe than sorry
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
Absolutely! Always call a professional first. We at Canada's Restoration Services are very honest when it is something that you can clean yourself. If every in doubt, give us a call and we will direct you in the right path!
Level 3 (XP: 650)
last year
Those are some great tips! Thank you so much CRS!
Level 11 (XP: 6400)
last year
Like my professor used to say, water+cellulose = mold! lol
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Canada Restoration Services
last year
Hi Ms Manek,

Wonderful question!
The most common place for mold on furniture to grow is in the basement. Why does this happen? Basements are the most damp/moist area of the home. If it is not properly vented and insulated, then moisture gets trapped. As soon as mold has a wet/damp place to live, it will grow. If you have a wet basement you can ensure the following to help prevent mold growth:
1. Install a dehumidifier(s) - depending on the size of the area you may need two
2. If the basement is unfinished, think about at least insulating the walls up to code.
3. If you know you have a crack in the foundation, get it fixed as soon as possible as this can result in much bigger mold problems.
Mold can also grow on furniture in the upper levels of the home as well. It is important no matter where your furniture is, to keep it out away from the wall. Often times we push our furniture directly against the wall to save room, but this is not the best thing to do. It prevents proper air flow from getting in behind and also gives mold a cool dark place to grow. When people are cleaning and pull out the furniture, they will find mold on the back of the furniture and in more severe cases, on the wall itself.
When ever you find mold on furniture it is best to consult with a professional first before cleaning. It may be okay for you to clean, but it is better to be safe than sorry!
Level 3 (XP: 650)
last year
How do you avoid getting mold on the furniture in the first place?
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