Required materials for mold and mildew upholstery cleaning
Before you begin the cleaning process, you need to gather all the right materials for the job. Items essential to effectively cleaning mold and mildew from upholstery include:
- A sunny, well-ventilated area
- Mask or respirator
- Pants and long sleeves
- Vacuum with filter
- White vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol
Procedure to clean mold and mildew from upholstery
Prepare to remove the mold and mildew from your upholstery by dressing in long sleeves and pants you don’t mind throwing away after cleaning the upholstery. Put on goggles, gloves, and a mask to prevent inhaling mold spores. To clean mold and mildew from upholstery, follow these steps in a well-ventilated area:
- Take the item outside and into direct sunlight because sunlight kills the mold and prevents it from spreading through the house as you clean the upholstery.
- Sweep any visible mold off the fabric with a broom, but don’t sweep unaffected areas as this can spread the mold.
- Using a vacuum with a filter, use the brush attachment and vacuum clean the upholstery. When you finish vacuuming the upholstery, empty the vacuum canister or discard the vacuum bag to prevent the spread of mold spores back into the air.
- To remove a large quantity of mold from upholstery, mix mild soap or detergent and water until it’s full of suds then wipe only the suds onto the upholstery and rub thoroughly into the fabric. Follow by wiping the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove the soap.
- Allow the item to sit in direct sunlight for several hours to ensure elimination of the mold and mildew.
Once the item has dried, examine it for mold and check for mildew smell, and if any remains, spot treat the affected areas with equal parts water and rubbing alcohol in a cleaning solution. If you don’t want to use rubbing alcohol, use equal parts water and white vinegar, spray the fabric and let dry in direct sunlight. Following the cleaning, thoroughly rinse the vacuum canister, hoses, brush attachment, filter, and broom with straight white vinegar and set them in direct sunlight.
Additional options for mold and mildew upholstery cleaning
For a more natural approach to cleaning the mold and mildew from your upholstery, try antifungals such as grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil.
- Grapefruit seed cleaning solution – 20 drops grapefruit seed oil in 2 cups water, mix, and then spray with mold spray onto mold areas.
- Tea tree oil cleaning solution – 2 teaspoons tea tree oil in 2 cup water, mix and then spray onto mold areas.
Mold and mildew thrive in moist areas so prevent the return of their spores by using a dehumidifier and fade-resistant upholstery pieces in direct sunlight. If you’re uncertain about using any cleaning solution on your furniture, it’s better to let Embassy Cleaners professionally clean your upholstery in NYC.Professionally Clean My Upholstery
Great advice to leave cushions out in the sunlight. I didn’t know that sunlight helped kill mold and bacteria but that is really nice to know. Thanks for the tips.