How to Remove Mildew From Cloth Outdoor Furniture

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How to Remove Mildew From Cloth Outdoor Furniture
Cloth outdoor furniture provides the perfect place for mildew to grow. (outdoor furniture image by isatori from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • 1 tsp dish-washing liquid
  • Scrub brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

    How to Remove Mildew From Cloth Outdoor Furniture
    A spray bottle allows you to aim directly for the source of mildew. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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