Asked on Mar 9, 2018

Removing mildew or mold

BarbaraKathy Jones AdamsPatricia Bell


This is a bar with 4 chairs, we bought it to put out on our outside patio . Over time it looks like mildew has set in the wood. The guy we bought it from said it would be ok. Now how do remove the mildew ?
q removing mildew or mold
q removing mildew or mold
9 answers
  • Jewellmartin
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Give the whole set a good cleaning with vinegar, water and detergent. After that is completely dry, wash it again with bleach water. Since the damage is so deep, you want a deep cleaning. Then paint the set with a good preventive paint, like from the Rustoleum line. Then you can paint with chalk paint and triple seal so you can use the set outside. Be sure to polish or paint any leg caps or other hardware and seal that, too. ☺️
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Hi Sharon,
    If you have a power washer or can borrow one, power wash all the mold off and trust me it will come off, then give it a coat of marine varnish to keep the mildew/mold from coming back! You can also give it a quick coat of stain before the marine varnish if you want to change the color. Cheers!
  • Sharon Cassady
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Thank you so much!!! That will be my spring break project!!
  • Amanda
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Hi Sharon. I would spray it with a 50/50 mix of bleach and water, and then let it sit in the sun.
  • Wor19985617
    on Mar 10, 2018

    Whatever you wash it with, be sure to let it dry fully in the sun for a day or two - especially if you powerwash - otherwise the wood will not dry out all the way. They told me to let my deck dry for a week after powerwashing ...
  • Patricia Bell
    on Mar 11, 2018

    Hi, After you get this really clean, wipe it down everywhere with straight vinegar. Will not discolor and retards mold growth. We always wiped down the inside of our sailboat with vinegar and rarely had a mold problem.
  • Kathy Jones Adams
    on Mar 11, 2018

    Please u a mask dont like the color of some of that( we just went through a nightmare here) peroxide is the only thing that truly kills mold and zinsser paint the only paint that truly reatards it IF its been killed— not sure if you can add color to it today but check. Husband almost died mold in the house— Good luck.
  • Barbara
    on Mar 12, 2018

    I find peroxide is a better mold remover and that bleach only whitens the mold, not remove it.
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