How to Remove Mold & Mildew From Furniture

Mold and mildew grow on furniture in damp, warm, dim environments with poor air circulation. Popular areas for mould and mildew are in basements, cellars, closets and bathrooms. Mold and mildew can be identified on furniture by thin, black or white spots, a musty odour and rotting upholstery. The furniture should be cleaned as soon as the mould and mildew are discovered to prevent the furniture from rotting. There are certain techniques and solution that can be used to remove mould and mildew from furniture.

Take the furniture outside. Brush off the mould and mildew spores from the furniture with a broom.

Vacuum the furniture's upholstery with a vacuum attachment to draw out further mould from the fibres. Remove the bag from the vacuum and dispose of it. If the vacuum does not have a disposable bag, empty out the bag outside.

Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of water in a small bucket. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution.

Wipe the cloth thoroughly over the entire surface of the furniture to remove any remaining mould and mildew from the furniture. Do not get the furniture too wet, but just wet enough to dampen the upholstery.

Rub a thick towel over the furniture to dry the upholstery. Leave the furniture outside in the sun to dry completely. The sun will also kill any last remains of mould and mildew.


Test the alcohol solution on a hidden area of the furniture to ensure no damage occurs to the upholstery.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Vacuum with attachment
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • Small bucket
  • Clean cloth
  • Thick towel
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