Consider what needs doing around the house as summer comes to an end to make certain lawn furniture is ready to use again. There are ways to prevent wet weather, like rain and snow, from turning the fabric covering your cushions and patio furniture frames into a warehouse for mold and mildew. Amazingly there are a number of common household products that can clean mold and mildew from it and keep it in wonderful condition for years to come.
Removing mold and mildew from patio furniture is not impossible. This is extremely important since both are dangerous for humans as well as animals. This is especially true for children and the elderly.
Prevention is the first line of attack
Taking care of cushions
The most vulnerable part of lawn furniture to wet weather elements is the fabric that covers cushions. This is an area where mold and mildew can breed very fast. Both of these toxins makes patio furniture cushions unusable. These are expensive to replace. Use the money saved from not replacing lawn furniture cushions to enjoy other summertime activities by taking a pro active approach to mold and mildew forming.
Clean dirty patio furniture as soon as possible. Allowing mold and mildew to form and sit can ruin not only your fabric cushions, but also the wood and other framing material. Prevention is better than cleaning when possible. Taking care of any formation of mold and mildew is done with common household products.
Avoiding these toxins is far less expensive than replacing any furniture. There are several techniques to use before any problems or issues can even start.
The sun is one of the best deterrents. Not only is it the best, it is free of charge, easy to find and without chemicals. Sit furniture in the sunshine on every possible occasion. The sun keeps moisture from forming which is where mold and mildew like to grow and prosper.
Keep furniture dry. If rain or snow comes into contact with patio furniture or fabric cushions, remove excessive moisture quickly. Dry your furniture off and keep in a dry area for storage. Don’t allow rain or snow to sit on furniture and mildew and mold to breed and cultivate.
Coating furniture with a layer of car wax gives a protective coat so wet weather will bead and fall off preventing both of these contaminants a place to start growing. Fabric cushions are not protected with this method, but your frames certainly will be.
Store all lawn furniture, especially fabric patio cushions, in a cool and dry place to stop mold and mildew in their tracks. For limited storage space, storing just your cushions in a cool and dry place is a wonderful idea. Fabric cushions can host poisonous spores of these toxins faster than framing.
An easy way to avoid giving these poisonous materials a chance to develop is protecting furniture with covers. Multiple places sell these types of covers. Search for the type that fit your needs at the local home improvement store. Anyone handy with a sewing machine will have no problem fashioning some for outdoor furniture which can fit like a glove and typically less expensive than buying them.
What household products to use for cleaning?
One of the best cleaners around the house is vinegar. This product is natural and non-toxic as well as inexpensive for cleaning fabric cushions and patio furniture. Vinegar is one of the most common household products for removing mold and mildew from patio furniture.
White vinegar is safe for nearly all kinds of furniture frames like wood, wicker, plastic and metal. It is also a cleaner safe to use full strength. Protect indoor/outdoor carpet with vinegar as well.
Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and ammonia
Using common household cleaning products to remove toxic spores is wonderful. Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and ammonia are all great mold and mildew killers. These are not natural and non-toxic like vinegar but are useful for killing spores. Although effective for removal on fabric cushions and patio furniture, use in a well-ventilated area.
Power washing cushions and patio furniture is both a prevention and cleaning method. Power washes work well with or without a cleaning agent. Although they aren’t handy around the house for a lot of homeowners, a water hose works wonders for cleaning dirty outdoor furniture along with fabric cushions.
Power washing dirty furniture will avert poisons like mildew and mold for furniture. It can counteract the growing process after it starts.
Removal of these poisons is a tough job, but not completely impossible. Eradicating mildew that has accumulated and even tough mold stains makes old patio furniture beautiful and almost like new.
Not only do tough mold and nasty mildew make furniture smell awful, they are harmful to the health of animals and humans alike. Prevent these from growing on patio cushions and furniture using a variety of methods when possible. Nip both nuisances in the bud before they start to grow with several different cleaning processes with common household products.