Finding mold on your metal patio furniture can be an unsightly yet inevitable problem when items are left in the elements or in the vicinity of vegetation. To prevent the risk of mold damaging clothing and surrounding property, you should follow a few steps to remove it.
Step 1 - Inspection
Examine the metal patio furniture thoroughly to locate every instance of mold so that it can all be cleaned away at the same time. Do not forget to check the underside of the furniture as well as the upper surface because mold will simply spread if it is overlooked. This will also give you an idea of the extent of the problem so that you know how much cleaning materials will be require and the amount of work that it will take.
Step 2 - Remove Excess Mold
Begin the process of removing mold from your metal patio furniture by using a scrubbing brush to remove any excess. Avoid using a wire brush as this can damage the surface of the furniture. Airbrush with stiff plastic or natural bristles will be sufficient.
This process should be undertaken in the open air while wearing protective clothing to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and to avoid harming your health. Hold the scrubbing brush vertically and use firm strokes away from you to reduce the risk of brushing mold spores back onto your protective clothing. Pay particular attention to any fasteners and the areas around them where mold can grow. Also, focus on all surfaces that come into contact with the ground.
Step 3 - Cleaning
After the excess mold has been removed from your metal patio furniture, a deeper clean can be undertaken. Dissolve some liquid disinfectant in a bucket of water in accordance with the instructions and soak a cloth in it before wringing it out to wipe the areas affected by mold.
Wear a pair of gloves during this process and work methodically to ensure that you do not miss any sections. Regularly rinse the cloth and renew the bucket of water when it becomes dirty. After completing the process, rinse the surfaces with a clean cloth and a clean bucket of water. The furniture can then be wiped dry to remove any traces of water. Inspect the furniture to ensure that you have not missed any patches of mold. Repeat the cleaning process for any mold traces that you may have overlooked.
Step 4 - Prevention
If your metal patio furniture is in a location where it can be affected by rain, make sure they are wiped dry when they become wet or move them into areas where there is less risk of rain. Fit rubber stoppers to the legs of furniture to prevent them coming into contact with the ground. Depending on the finish of your patio furniture, you may be able to find a suitable mold-resistant sealant at the hardware store to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.