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There’s nothing more terrifying than seeing a patch of mould on your favourite chair or sofa! Unfortunately, if your furniture is kept in a damp room, mould growth can occur.
Usually, mould grows in dark, humid and poorly ventilated places. Once it starts feeding on dust, dead skin cells, dirt or any other organic matter, it will continue to spread unless you undertake the right measures.
So, if you:
Then you are at the right spot! Keep on reading to find out how to effectively remove mould from your fabric furniture.
To remove mould from fabric furniture, it is essential to understand why the mould appeared in the first place, so you can treat it accordingly.
Firstly, for mould to grow it needs to have some sort of organic matter – an old food stain, some breadcrumbs underneath the cushions, dust and other foreign substances. Otherwise, it can not appear on a clean synthetic fibre.
Secondly, moisture provokes mould growth. All the dust and debris on your mattress, sofa or chair need to maintain the moisture for an extended period of time to actually form a ground for the mould to grow. This is why it is important to store your upholstery items in a dry and well-ventilated place. If the humidity levels are above 50%, then it is highly likely for mould to appear.
Commonly, homeowners store their upholstery items in plastic, to prevent them from accumulating dust over time. Whereas plastic is effective against dust, it can retain moisture. If the furniture has been slightly damp before storing, the plastic won’t allow the air to go through, leaving the items wet. And as we have already established – mould loves moisture.
If after removing mould from the furniture you need to store it, we recommend choosing a dry and ventilated room or, as an alternative, you might find it helpful to store your furniture in storage units.
There are several things you have to remember before removing mould from fabric furniture:
Mould can grow on many types of fabric, causing unsightly stains and odours. It is important to remove mould as soon as you notice it. Failure to do so could damage the furniture piece or make the problem even worse and spread on the other items. The following methods show you how to remove mould from fabric furniture yourself.
Vinegar is a universal cleaner that can be found in almost every kitchen. Because of its versatility and natural origins, a lot of households use it as a basic ingredient for green cleaning products. It has also proven to remove a great number of upholstery stains, including such a persistent stain as spilt red wine and even pee stains.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Because vinegar is mildly acidic, it stymies many forms of bacteria and fungus, making it a perfect cleaner for the mould as well. This is how you remove mould from fabric with vinegar:
Once your furniture has aired outside enough, vacuum the stain to collect the powdery mould residue from the furniture. We recommend using an upholstery brush attachment if you have one;
Combine water and rubbing alcohol in 1:1 proportion and, using a tapping motion, apply the mixture with a clean sponge;
Next, spray some vinegar mixed with water in equal proportions on top of the stain and let the furniture piece dry outdoors.
Bear in mind, that mould can attach itself to any surface and easily spread. That is why it is better to change the used vacuum cleaner bag or wash it thoroughly. The same applies to vacuum cleaner filters and the attachment.
This method can be quite effective on the fabric that you know won’t get washed or fade during the cleaning process. Those are usually synthetic fibres that have been dyed in the middle of the fabric making process. Nylon, polyester, and acrylic fabrics are some of those.
However, we still recommend performing a small spot test on a hidden part of your upholstery item before applying the bleach to the actual stain!
Here is how to remove mould from fabric upholstery with bleach:
Lemon juice acts the same way as vinegar – it’s mildly acidic and can kill mould from both porous and non-porous materials. Once the juice gets into contact with mould, it breaks it down, making it easier to remove the remaining bits of the stain.
The good old soap that we use for washing and cleaning can also quite effectively remove the mould stains from upholstery furniture.
This is another alternative method of cleaning mould from fabric furniture, as hydrogen peroxide has anti-fungal qualities. For this method, you will need a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
Baking soda is a safe and effective alternative for cleaning upholstery and soft furnishings. It’s also safe for humans, but don’t forget to wear protective gear when doing the job.
This is how you remove mould with baking soda:
Essential oils naturally have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. In nature, plants produce natural oils to repel predators and pests, including mould and bacteria. Even after it’s processed for regular use, the oil still continues to be mould repellent. These oils include cinnamon essential oil, tea tree oil, lemon essential oil, peppermint essential oil, etc.
However, when treating your upholstery with essential oils, you need to remember that it’s effective only for a small affected area. The essential oil solution will not work on large quantities of mould. Additionally, it doesn’t remove mould completely, it only cleans the stains. For deep cleaning, the best solution would be to call a professional cleaning company.
So, to remove mould stains with essential oils, you need:
Mould growth can appear on the surface of your upholstery item. Unfortunately, if it’s already visible, most likely the spores have spread deeper within the furniture piece. Small spores are not visible to the naked eye, which makes the problem even harder to deal with on your own. Once you notice the problem, it’s a good idea to address it and do it the right way.
Professional upholstery cleaning is exactly the right solution for this occasion. Highly qualified specialists will pre-treat your furniture without any damage to the fabric. With a hot water extraction method, they will collect all the dust and grime from your mattress or sofa, leaving it clean as new. Additionally, the items can be treated with antiviral detergents that destroy almost all the bacterias.
If this is the solution you wish to go with, then you can check out the upholstery cleaning service by Fantastic Services! Simply type in your postcode and we will be able to give you a quote.
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