How To Remove Mold And Mildew From Your Outdoor Teak Furniture

Teak wood is used in most outdoor furniture due to its durability, elegance and its weather-resistant properties. All these are made possible by the resins and oils that are found in the wood. However, mold and mildew may still find their way to your furniture. And even though they may not destroy the wood, the furniture may not be as appealing as it was before once it has been intruded by mold or mildew. The good news is that removing mold and mildew from teak furniture isn't that hard at all and can be done within a short period of time. Here is how you can do it.  

Clean Your Furniture Using Household Bleach

Household bleach, preferably oxygen bleach, should be able to do the job. And for an effective job, do the cleaning in a shade and when the furniture is dry.

Mix one gallon of hot water with one cup of oxygen bleach in powder form; stir until the powder dissolves in the water. Then fill a hand pump sprayer with the mixture. Spray the whole of the furniture that is affected by mold or mildew. Let the bleach solution sit on the furniture for around fifteen minutes; if it looks like the furniture is absorbing the bleach solution, spray again. You know your cleaning method is working when you see white bubbles popping up on the furniture. Finish the job off by scrubbing the furniture using a standard scrub brush. Also pour water on the furniture as you are scrubbing to wash away the mold.

Do not be tempted to use chlorine bleach; it is a strong oxidizer and can whiten the fibers of your wood.

Clean Your Furniture Using Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP)

TSP is a powerful mold and mildew clean remover and can be found in your nearby home improvement store. Before you start, remember to wear gloves as TSP is considered a strong base that can burn unprotected skin. If the mildew or mold stain is not that serious, mix two gallons of warm water with half a cup of TSP. Then add household bleach in the ratio of one part bleach to four parts water. If you are dealing with a heavy growth of mold or mildew, mix three quarts of water with one cup of TSP and maintain the household bleach to water ratio.

Once you are done with preparations, dip a scrub brush in the solution and use it to scrub your furniture. After scrubbing for around fifteen minutes, rinse the furniture with water.