Have you noticed mildew stains on your furniture? Having excess moisture in your home or storing furniture in the garage/storage shed could cause mildew to crop up. Here are the steps to get the mildew stains off your furniture:
1. Gather Your Supplies
To clean your upholstery, you will need a few essential items: some upholstery cleanser, bleach, a bucket of water, and some cleaning cloths. You should also gather some protective equipment, like rubber gloves, a ventilated mask, and something to wear over your clothing such as a plastic apron or coveralls.
2. Move the Furniture Outside
To keep the inside of your home safe, you should move the furniture outside. If you have a large piece, such as a sectional, you may have to clean it indoors. If this is the case, you should either move the pieces to a floor with no carpeting--such as the kitchen--or lay down several layers of thick plastic under your furniture. This will keep your flooring protected. Also, if you have to do the job inside, make sure you open the windows and doors to keep mildew spores from infiltrating the rest of your house.
3. Spray Cleanser on the Upholstery
Next, you need to spray upholstery cleaner on small sections of the furniture. Wipe each section with the cloth using small, quick strokes. Rinse the cloth in the bucket of water and move on to another section. Continue until you have cleaned all of the mildew stains.
4. Allow Furniture to Dry
Once you have cleaned the furniture, let it dry thoroughly. If the furniture is outside, try to move it to a sunny area, as the heat and fresh air will help naturally disinfect it.
5. Disinfect Furniture
To disinfect your furniture, mix one cup of bleach to five cups of hot water in a bucket. Wipe the areas where the mildew was on the furniture before you cleaned it. This will kill the mildew and should remove any residual stains left on the piece. If you are worried about bleaching out your furniture, you could test the solution on a small, unnoticeable spot. If you would rather stay away from bleach altogether, you could substitute some white vinegar instead.
If you have any wooden areas on the furniture, you may want to clean it as well, even if you don't see any mildew on it. Use a wood cleaner designed for furniture. If you are unable to get the mildew stains off, consider having a mold removal specialist look at it and provide you with their expertise.