If you have wooden furniture in your home, then you understand the importance of protecting its integrity. This includes polishing it, cleaning it, and making sure that it doesn’t have black mold on it. Unfortunately, wood tends to attract black mold, which can be quite toxic to humans and animals alike. If you’ve recently noticed that your wooden table or desk is collecting mold spores on it, then it’s most definitely time to jump into immediate action. Keep reading to learn how to safely and effectively remove black mold from your wooden furniture.
Prepping to Clean Mold
Because black mold is so toxic when it’s inhaled, it’s unbelievably important to follow certain safety precautions when dealing with this type of project. While you should protect yourself, you should also protect your pets and children, so make sure they keep away while you’re doing this.
Getting Your Safety Gear Ready
1. Mold spores can be horrifyingly harmful to your lungs, as well as your overall health, so make sure that you wear an air mask, safety goggles, and rubber gloves throughout the entire cleaning process. It’s also important to ventilate whatever area you’re working in.
2. For the best protection from the harmful mold spores accumulating on your furniture, you should purchase an N95 mask from a hardware store before you do anything else.
3. Also, if you’re sensitive or allergic to mold then you need to cover up as much of your body as you can, so long-sleeved shirts and coveralls should be a part of your attire.
Preparing the Furniture to Be Cleaned
1. If you don’t have any other option, you can clean your furniture inside your house, but if you’re able to, move the furniture outside.
2. If you do have to remain inside your house, make sure to open plenty of windows and provide yourself with as much ventilation as possible. We cannot stress enough how toxic mold spores are to the human body.
3. If you’re cleaning the furniture inside, you also need to remove or cover up the other furniture and anything else in the room that the mold spores could travel onto.
4. Before you start cleaning, vacuum the furniture to remove any loose mold spores. Make sure that you pass the vacuum several times to make sure that you don’t miss anything the first time around. Once you’re done vacuuming, immediately remove the bag filled with mold spores and take it outside. You’ll want the bag to be sealed tightly or you could risk spreading the spores throughout the house.
Cleaning Light Mold
If you notice that you have just a few spots of mold, then you don’t need to do a heavy cleaning session, but you should most definitely follow these steps to ensure that the process is done correctly.
Fighting Light Mold with Good Old Vitamin D
Surprisingly, mold can be eliminated by the use of sunlight! Of course, you want to use the proper safety precautions regardless of how much mold you’re dealing with.
1. Position your furniture outside in the early morning. If there’s dew outside, wait until it’s evaporated before you place your furniture in the sun or you could risk damaging your furniture.
2. You can also mix equal parts of water and white vinegar to create a solution that can be sprayed on your furniture when you put it outside. This will help the sunlight do its job!
2. Bring the furniture inside when the sun begins to set.
3. Do this for two or three days in a row for the best results.
Using Vodka to Kill Mold
This may surprise you even more than the sunlight, but vodka can actually kill mold faster than sunlight at times!
1. Fill a spray bottle with cheap vodka. There’s really no need to spend too much money doing this, so the cheapest bottle you can find will do just fine.
2. Once you have the vodka in the spray bottle, mist the entire piece of furniture.
3. For the best results, allow the furniture to air dry in direct sunlight.
Using Dish Soap to Kill Mold
If the sunlight or vodka didn’t do the trick, then it’s time to get the dish soap out from underneath your sink.
1. Mix a mild household dish soap in a bucket with a bit of warm water.
2. Using a soft bristle brush or sponge, gently scrub the moldy areas with a circular motion.
3. When you’re finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp towel to wipe the surface area of your furniture.
4. If the mold is all gone, then wipe the surface of the wood with a dry rag. If there’s still mold, then repeat the process.
Using Distilled Vinegar to Kill mold
If the soap doesn’t get the job done, then you can try using distilled white vinegar to kill the mold.
1. Add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray the furniture down.
2. Wait for approximately one hour and then wipe the surface down using a damp cloth.
3. Reapply the vinegar if necessary and wipe the wood thoroughly with a dry rag once the mold has been removed.
Removing Stubborn Mold
So, you’ve got some stubborn mold on your hands and you don’t really know what to do, and burning the house down doesn’t seem like a logical option. Well, your first step is to get your safety gear on, and then you should follow these simple tips to remove that tough mold from your furniture.
Using Bleach for Tough Mold
While bleach is effective at killing mold, it will only clean the mold off of the surface of your furniture. If the mold is deeper than that, then you’ll need to use other products along with the bleach, such as a strong detergent.
1. In a bucket, mix 2 ½ cups of bleach, ¼ cup of household detergent, and 5 cups of water.
2. Using a utensil, stir the solution to mix it up thoroughly.
3. Dip a stiff bristle brush into the beach solution.
4. Using moderate pressure, clean the mold in a circular fashion.
5. Allow the furniture to air dry, and if necessary, repeat the process.
Sanding Off Resistant Mold
Sometimes that mold just doesn’t want to die, and when that happens, it’s time for a last resort method.
1. Using fine-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the moldy areas of your furniture.
2. You’ll want to do this while the wood is damp in order to prevent the mold spores from spreading onto other things.
3. After you’re done sanding, clean the freshly sanded areas with the bleach solution we spoke about before.
4. Allow the furniture to air dry thoroughly.
Unfortunately, even light sanding can cause damage to your wooden furniture. So once you’re done sanding, you’ll most likely have to go back and refinish the wood to make it shine again.
It may not be a difficult process to clean mold off of your furniture, but it can be a labor-intensive one. But as long as you’re using the proper safety precautions we touched on today, and you follow these simple tips, then your favorite wooden furniture should be mold-free in no time!