How to Remove Mold from Wood Furniture

Mold spores are everywhere. They float through the air, inside and out, undetected by us all, until they start growing. Given the right conditions, in the presence of moisture, they begin to grow mold. It can be devastating to discover your cherished furniture speckled with mold spots. Even more devastating is working hard to clean the mold off only to realize your chosen cleaning method damaged the wood. Take precautions both with your exposure to growing mold to protect your health as well as your methods of cleaning mold in order to protect the integrity of the furniture. Learn how to remove mold from wood furniture properly.


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    Clean mold off furniture in a well ventilated area. Though not necessary, consider cleaning mold off wood furniture outside if possible to avoid scattering mold spores inside. If you are taking on this task indoors, open the windows and doors to ventilate the space. Use air cleaners during and after the cleaning to purify the space of any mold spores released into the air during the cleaning process.
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    Test a small section of the furniture with your chosen cleaner to see the results. Choose a spot that is out of sight to do your patch test on, like the underneath or the back side.
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    Begin with the mildest cleaner and work your way up to the more powerful ones as necessary to remove the mold spores. Different products will react in diverse ways to furniture because the array of woods, finishes and wax coatings is as individual as each piece.
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    Clean visible mold from the furniture's surface. Combine a mild household detergent with warm water in a bucket. Use a clean cloth to wash mold off the surface of the furniture. Other solutions you can try are to wipe the area with a clean cloth dampened with alcohol. You may also use a commercial wood cleaning product or antibacterial wipes. You do not want to add too much moisture to the wood, as moisture is part of the cause of the growth of the mold. Keep your rag barely damp. Rinse your rag out often.
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    Get to the center of it all. Because of wood finishes, most of the time mold will remain on the surface of the wood, not affecting the wood's interior at all. At other times, especially if the furniture is made of porous wood material or a soft wood, the mold will infect deeper into the wood. Try as you might to remove them, but sometimes it is impossible to wipe off stains left behind in the wood by mold. If this is the case with your battle with mold on your wood furniture, lightly sand the area to remove any discoloration. Select a very fine grade sandpaper to start. Move to coarser paper only if necessary.
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    Apply a clear coat finish or wax to protect the surface of your furniture. This stops mold growth and keeps moisture out.


  • Consider discarding the piece of furniture if mold growth is too aggressive.
  • Wear gloves and a mask.

Things You'll Need

  • clean cloth
  • bucket
  • water
  • mild detergent
  • wood cleaner
  • air purifier
  • alcohol
  • antibacterial wipes
  • sandpaper
  • wood finish

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Categories: Furniture and Cabinets