How to Clean Mold Off Leather Furniture
Leather furniture is a beautiful way to add timeless quality to your home. If you find genuine leather irresistible, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, this material is full of nutrients that can attract the growth of mold.
If you’ve noticed mold or mildew on your leather furniture, these are the preparatory steps to take. Before you start cleaning your leather furniture, we recommend that you take it outside. Not only will the cleaning process release mold spores into the air, which can be dangerous inside your home, but the sunlight can also help to kill mold faster.
Once your item is outside, let it sit in the sunlight for a couple of hours. This will help to dry the furniture out. As mold and mildew thrive in damp environments, this can remove as much mold as possible before you get started.
In the meantime, it’s important to clean the room in which your leather furniture lives. Thoroughly clean and vacuum the floor beneath it, in case any spores have spread.
To clean your leather safely, you’ll need:
- A very soft, dry cloth (microfiber works well)
- Leather cleaner, soap, or white wine vinegar
Once you’ve got your supplies, you’re almost ready to get started. If you suffer from allergies, don’t forget to take an allergy tablet beforehand.
Put your cleaning agent into a spray bottle. If you’re using mild soap or vinegar, mix this with warm water so you won’t be applying it neat. We recommend mixing one-part vinegar or soap to one-part water.
If you’re worried about whether your chosen cleaning agent is suitable for your leather furniture, always do a spot test beforehand. Simply apply a little bit to your leather and let it dry, as this will make sure that your cleaner won’t damage the material.
Once you’re happy that your cleaner is safe, spray it all over your leather furniture, focusing on the areas where mold or mildew is visible. Allow the cleaner to soak into the leather for a minute or so, before wiping it away with your cloth.
If any mildew stains are still visible, repeat this process. You may want to soak your microfiber cloth in your cleaner, soap, or vinegar solution and rub at the moldy spot directly. Keep going until the sofa looks and smells clean.
It’s true what they say – prevention is better than a cure! To help keep your furniture mold-free, there are a number of steps you can take.
As we mentioned earlier, mold thrives in damp environments. This means that keeping your rooms dry is an excellent way to prevent new mold from growing.
Place a dehumidifier in the same room as your leather furniture and make sure the area is well-ventilated. If the weather isn’t too cold, try to open the windows every day too. (There are actually several health benefits to opening your windows frequently, as well as helping to keep mold at bay).
If the problem comes back, you can also try cleaning your furniture using rubbing alcohol. This should provide a deeper clean which will keep your item mold-free for longer.
We hope this blog post has given you the confidence you need to tackle mold in your home. Leather furniture can really add style and quality to your décor – so it’s important to look after it properly. Mold-free leather can last for generations!
But what if you’ve got a mold problem that just won’t shift? At All Dry USA, our team of experts is qualified to carry out effective mold removal services. Call us now on (866) 971-9152 or fill out our online form to see how we could help.
Whether it’s a moldy item of furniture or damp in your office walls, All Dry USA can help you breathe easy today!