How To Remove Move From Upholstered Furniture


If your upholstered furniture gets wet from flooding, or it stays stored for too long in storage units with no moisture control. Mold travels by spores, which thrive in moist environments.

Mold commonly produces a musty odor, and it appears white, black, or orange. It is essential to treat the mold quickly to prevent heal tissues. Clean mold from upholstered furniture by following these steps.

Prepare to Clean Mold from the Furniture

To clean mold from the fabric, gather:

  • plastic gloves
  • dust mask
  • small broom or soft scrub brush
  • newspapers
  • spray bottle 
  • liquid hand soap
  • rubbing alcohol
  • white vinegar
  • tea tree oil or grapeseed oil (optional)

Locate sources of leaks, and get them fixed to avoid future mold. Wear old pants and long-sleeves, you don't mind discarding. If possible, treat the mold before you move the piece back home from a storage unit.

Take the piece or detachable parts of the furniture outdoors, and lay it on newspapers. Removing mold outdoor helps to prevent spreading of spores. Otherwise, open windows, wear a dust mask, and lay newspapers around the bottom of the piece to catch mold.

Brush and Vacuum

Use the scrub brush or broom to dislodge visible mold and specks. Avoid brushing on spot without mold to prevent spreading of spores. 

Follow the mold scrubbing with a thorough vacuuming, running a drop cord, if needed, Ensure you vacuum all parts of the piece including under the cushions and inside pockets.  

If possible, use a filter vacuum attachment. Discard the vacuum cleaner bag and newspapers in an outdoor bin. 

Clean the vacuum cleaner canister and attachments. If you vacuum is bagless, rinse the dirt chamber thoroughly. Let the piece remain in the sun several hours to dry, or run fans or heaters to speed drying.

Clean with Rubbing Alcohol, Soap, or Vinegar

If mold is still present, combine equal portions of water and rubbing alcohol in a bucket Test the cleaner on a hidden area to check color reaction. Moisten a sponge in the mixture, and clean renaming mold. Alternately, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and water. Mist the piece, then let it air dry. 

For large patches of mold, combine hand-washing liquid with water until suds form. Scrub the area with the brush, then rinse with a damp cloth. To get rid of mildew smells, treat it with equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water.

Try Natural Oils

Tea tree oil and grapeseed oil are effective for treating mold. Combine 20 drops of grapeseed oil with two cups of water, fill a spray bottle, then mist the piece. Add two tablespoons of tea tree oil to two cups of water. You don't have to rinse either mixture.

Contact a mold removal company for more help.


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