How to Remove Mildew From Cloth Outdoor Furniture

Cloth patio or garden furniture provides you with a place to relax and enjoy your backyard or garden area. When the temperature and humidity levels rise, mildew can grow and spread on your cloth outdoor furniture. Attend to mildew on your cloth outdoor furniture before it has time to destroy the cloth fabric. While you can use chemical-based products to remove and kill the mildew, home remedies work just as well for less money and without introducing chemical fumes into the air.

Pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle. Undiluted white vinegar will kill severe mildew growing on your cloth outdoor furniture, according to Reader's Digest online.

Saturate the mildew on your cloth outdoor furniture using your vinegar spray bottle. Allow the vinegar to dry on the cloth surface for an hour or so.

Fill a bucket with hot water and 1 tsp liquid dish-washing soap. Dip a scrub brush in the soapy solution and scrub the mildewed areas on your cloth outdoor furniture. Frequently dip the scrub brush in the soapy water to remove mildew and freshen the soapy solution on the brush.

Rinse your cloth outdoor furniture with your garden hose to remove the dish soap solution.

Spray the cloth again with straight vinegar, then place your cloth furniture in the sun to dry. Spraying the cloth outdoor furniture with vinegar a second time will prevent mildew from returning.


Spray your cloth outdoor furniture with vinegar or lemon juice every week or two, depending on the level of humidity or precipitation in your area, to keep mildew from growing.


Moisture and heat are what cause mildew to grow. If you live in a hot, humid area, move your outdoor furniture to a sunny area where the sun can keep it dry and kill mildew.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • 1 tsp dish-washing liquid
  • Scrub brush
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.