How To Clean Mildew From Wood: Mold, Furniture, Siding, Deck, Paneling, Cabinets



General Overview

The wood can be affected by the mildew and mold if left at the place with lots of moisture or does not have direct sunlight. Mildew and mold can also be the result of poor ventilation. The mold and mildew, if not treated on an immediate basis, will spread and cause huge harm to the other important valuables as well.

How To Remove Mold/Mildew From Wooden Furniture?

The basic steps to remove the mildew and mold from the wooden furniture surface are mentioned below:
  1. Prepare Solution: Take approximately one water gallon and add chlorine bleach into it(¾ cup).
  2. Clean Water: Fill another bucket with clean and fresh water.
  3. Wet Sponge: Damp the sponge into the cleaning solution and smoothly rub it over the areas affected from the mold and mildew till it diminishes.
  4. Dry: Keep on drying the wood while removing the mold and mildew from the wooden surface. Avoid moisture to set on the surface as it may cause the damage and wrapping of the wood.
  5. Rinse: Once all the stains are removed properly rinse the surface using clean and fresh water and make sure all the solution and bleach dirt are removed properly.
  6. Dry: Let the wooden furniture to dry completely prior to use.


Siding/Deck

Cleaning mildew from the deck and siding can be done with the following steps:

Items Required

  • Household Chlorine Bleach, Laundry detergent
  • Warm Water, Alkaline Cleaner.

Directions

  1. Scrub: The surface of the deck or siding needs to be properly scrubbed using a soft brush.
  2. Rinse: Once scrubbing is done use plain water to rinse the residue completely.
  3. Paint: Get the Mildew resistant paint for the exterior from the market and paint the surfaces with the same. Make sure to take the proper precautions before the application of the paint like wearing goggles, gloves, etc.
  4. Mildewcide: There are the special paints available in the market that are formulated with the mildewcide and are best recommended for the exterior siding and decks to make the mildew resistant. This is required to spray over the sidings once in a year.
  5. Bleach Solution: This is the alternate way to clean the mildew and molds from the exterior wooden surfaces. All needs to be done is to add bleach into the water gallon mix and clean the surface using a sponge. The use of wire or synthetic brushes must be avoided.


Paneling

The steps required to be followed to remove the mildew from the paneling are mentioned below:
  1. Vaccum: The mildew affected surface needs to be vacuumed properly as doing so will lose the mildew.
  2. Prepare Solution: Fill four parts of the water with one part of the bleach and mix.
  3. Cloth: Take a clean cloth and moist it with the solution and clean the wood paneling with the same but oversaturation must be avoided.
  4. Dry: Dry the paneling once treated by the solution with a towel to rub excess moisture.
  5. Regular Cleaning: To avoid future mold and mildew growth regular cleaning is recommended.


Cabinets

The steps to clean the mildew from the cabinets are mentioned below:
  1. Prepare Solution: The solution needs to be prepared by creating the blend of the hot water and non-ammonia cleaner in the spray bottle.
  2. Apply: Apply the cleaner over the affected surface and follow by scrubbing it immediately to vanish mildew. Hard to reach areas can be cleaned up using the old surface.
  3. Clean Rag: The clean rag needs to be damp into the clean water and follow by wiping the cleaning residue wiping and dry it using a dry rag.
  4. Spray: Repeat the spray process in case of mildew if any remained and dry the cabinet using a dry rag cloth for nearly fifteen minutes.
  5. Dry: Allow the wood cabinets to dry for at least eight hours with open doors. Meanwhile, putting the fan on can also speed up the process.
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