Asked on Nov 21, 2019

How do I clean mold off a brown wicker chest?

JayceKathy Gunter LawNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


a brown wicker chest of drawers that has what I think is a very fine "dusting" of white mold ?

5 answers
  • Brooke Cribbs- Cribbs Style
    on Nov 21, 2019

    If it has mold, try taking it outside and mixing a 50/50 solution of bleach and water. Where rubber gloves and using a sponge wipe off the entire piece. Then follow up with just water. Let it air dry completely before bringing it into your home.

    • Jayce
      on Nov 21, 2019

      Thank you. I'll try a combination of your suggestion using the bleach solution after using Ann's suggestion to use the vacuum attachment. Since am only able to take the drawers outside, perhaps I'll dry the "frame and top" with a hair dryer.

  • First I would use my vacuum attachment on it. Then wipe it down with a mixture of vinegar and water. Wipe again with plain water.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Nov 21, 2019

    White cleaning vinegar, wipe down with a microfiber cloth.

  • Jayce
    on Jan 12, 2020

    Thanks everyone. The vinegar wipe down and letting the drawers dry in the sun removed the "dusting" of mold as well as the Musty smell. Painted the chest with a dark brown acrylic outdoor paint, including the palm tree handles. Used a tack brush on the woven areas and paint roller on the smooth door fronts. Still has a tropical look but no longer "1950's beachy". Decided to replace three dresser draw pulls with round Walmart knobs, painted brown, allowing me to use one of then extra palm leaf pulls to replace a broken one on the chest of drawers.

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