If you find white, black, gray, brown, yellow or green ‘fuzzy’ stuff on your patio furniture, there is a good chance that you are dealing with mold. Unfortunately, mold has a number of negative side effects on our health, including inflammation of the joints, allergic reactions, migraines, and breathing problems. If you have mildew or mold on your patio furniture, we are going to tell you about a number of different ways that you are able to remove it quickly.
The Best Ways To Remove Mold
- Scrub Your Furniture With Mild Bleach – Regardless of what the problem is, bleach always seems to do the trick. If you are using it on your cushions, you want to make sure that you water down the solution before you apply it. Otherwise you are going to have discoloration or spots on your cushions. We recommend that you use about a gallon of water and half a cup of bleach. If you are pregnant, it is never a good idea to use bleach. In addition to not using bleach when pregnant, you also want to avoid mixing ammonia and bleach together. This combination can produce toxic chemicals and it should be considered very dangerous.
- Lemon Salt – If you want to avoid using chemicals to remove mold and mildew, this organic solution is going to help you do just that. It is also relatively simple to make, just mix salt with some lemon juice and you are able to scrub away on your furniture!
- Hydrogen Peroxide – If you want to remove that damp, unpleasant smell associated with mold and mildew, hydrogen peroxide works well. Now this is NOT the time to start smelling the mold on your furniture to see what it smells like! Because you can inhale the little spores that mold is made out of is a good idea to wear a mask when you clean.
- Ammonia – We hinted at ammonia earlier, and it is a convenient cleaning solution. You can mix ammonia with water, vinegar, and baking soda to create your own mold fighting solution.
- Homemade Option – If you want something a little less strong than the other cleaners such as bleach, this homemade mold solution is going to help you remove your mold and mildew as well. You need baking soda, and borax. Put these ingredients into some hot water and mix until it all dissolves. Now make sure that you scrub in a circular motion and you will find that the mold and mildew comes off.
Removing Mildew from Patio Furniture
It is more likely that you are dealing with mildew on your patio furniture rather than mold. If you want to remove mildew, you first brush your furniture and proceed to vacuum the surrounding area. After doing so, you use a mixture of hot water and Lysol. It is possible combine the two or you can apply the Lysol before rinsing with hot water.