How to Remove Mold and Mildew Stains from Leather Furniture
Natural leather furniture is simply divine. Leather furniture is loved for its look, feel, and smell. It’s almost as if the perfect piece of leather reaches out to you and invites you to relax for a while. Leather is warm and inviting to all who enter.
Leather Clean believes that any piece of this personality deserves to be cared for!
What happens when your leather chair becomes stained with mildew and mold? Nothing is more inviting than cuddling up on a chair or a couch that smells like an old basement.
Step 1: Get Outside
It is best to deal with mildew and mold in an open, ventilated environment. Mold and mildew spores will be released into the atmosphere once you have started cleaning the item. We don’t want mold and mildew lingering in our homes, so we encourage you to clean the pieces outdoors whenever possible.
Even better? You can even leave the furniture outside for a while before you begin cleaning. Mold can be caused by moisture, so you need to dry the furniture in as dry a place as possible to remove mold from leather. This approach also kills mold and mildew in direct sunlight. The leather absorbs Vitamin D and will also shed spores at a record pace!
It’s time for the piece to start getting active after it has had a chance to sunbathe. It is a good idea to take any allergy medication and ensure you have a mask and gloves. Although most of the spores should have died by now, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Be sure to sweep the floor under the furniture. It would be best if you cleaned the entire area around the furniture to get rid of these spores.
Cleaning with Soap
It is possible to clean leather with soap, even though many people don’t know this. Mix a mixture of mild soap or saddle soap in a spray bottle with warm water. To eliminate mold and mildew, spray the mixture on the affected area.
To remove spores, clean the area with a dry towel after spraying. Next, wipe the area with a second towel to remove the soap. To prevent regrowth or discoloration, you must clean the entire surface.
Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar is an acidic base that is great for cleaning up mold and mildew. There are two options available to you at this point. Either pour the white vinegar directly onto the stain using a spray bottle or soak a clean rag to scrub it.
Spraying allows you to cover a large area quickly but also allows for more coverage. Although the cloth can control the amount of vinegar applied, it may not be easy to clean tight corners or seams. Every situation is unique, so you’ll need to examine the stain and decide what steps to take. We often use a combination of spraying the stain with scrubbing with a cloth to remove it completely.
Use the vinegar to clean the mold and mildew. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the results.
Preventing Mold Growth
Mildew and mold thrive in damp areas. It would be best if you made sure the area is dry. You can place a dehumidifier inside the room to pull out moisture from the air. A mildew problem is less likely to occur if the air is dry.
To prevent new growth, you can also use rubbing alcohol. To prevent the leather from becoming too saturated, dry it completely.
Have questions? Give Leather Clean a shout. Leather Clean can assist you from start to finish. We will even do it for your convenience if you prefer. You love your furniture. We want you to love it.