Outdoor Wicker Furniture Repair: Mold and Mildew

When you have outdoor wicker furniture, there is a good chance that you will have to deal with mold and mildew on them at some point. When furniture sits outside in the weather, it will get wet at some point. With moisture sitting on the furniture for extended periods of time, mold and mildew can develop. If you need to remove mold or mildew from your wicker furniture here are a few steps that you should consider taking. 

Materials Needed For This Job

  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Bucket
  • Pressure washer (optional)

Step 1- Move the Furniture

Mold or mildew is usually the result of having moisture on the furniture for extended periods of time. Removing it from this location will help you to prevent future problems. You also need to move the furniture to a safe location for the cleaning process. As you will be using bleach, you do not want the furniture to be resting on anything that can be stained. 

Step 2- Mix Cleaning Solution

In order to clean the wicker furniture, you need to mix up a solution that can properly get rid of the mold and mildew. By using bleach and water, you can make a strong mixture that will remove the mold. Mix one part of bleach with nine parts of water in a bucket. 

Step 3- Spray the Furniture

Take a spray bottle and put some of the mixture into it. Spray the furniture with the bleach solution thoroughly. You want to get the furniture damp and make sure that the entire area is covered. Let the mixture sit on the furniture for a while until it dries. Leave the furniture out in the sunlight to dry as the sun helps to kill mold and mildew as well. Many times this will take care of the problem. However, if the problem still persists, move on to the next step.

Step 4- Scrub the Furniture

If the mold and mildew is still there, it is likely stuck to the furniture pretty solidly. This means that you will need to scrub the furniture in order to loosen up the problem. You may want to spray down the furniture with the spray bottle again as well. Take your scrub brush and dip it into the mixture in your bucket. Use the scrub brush to thoroughly scrub the furniture. This should help break up the hold that it has on the furniture. 

Step 5- Pressure Wash

If your mold and mildew stains persist, you will then need to use a pressure washer to eliminate them. In the vast majority of cases, this will work to remove the mold and mildew. If you do not feel like trying the first two methods, you could try this immediately. Put a little bleach water in the pressure washer and spray the furniture with it. 

Step 6- Prevent Future Problems

Once the furniture is clean, leave it in direct sunlight. Be sure to keep it dry in the future. With sunlight on the furniture, mold and mildew will not be able to grow again.