Keep Your Outdoor Hardwood Lounge Furniture Mould-Free this Autumn

Keep Your Luxury Outdoor Lounge Furniture Mould-Free

Winter in South Africa (particularly KZN, but maybe we’re biased…) brings beautiful, crisp days and the perfect opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space. However, the season also brings challenges, including dampness in some regions (Cape Town, here’s looking at you…), which can lead to mould and mildew, making an unwelcome appearance on your luxury outdoor lounge furniture.

 At Homewood, we’ve seen many homeowners grapple with this pesky problem, and we’re here to help you tackle it head-on with some practical advice.

1). Safety First

Before you dive into mould-busting mode, gear up like you’re heading into battle (because you kind of are). Mould and mildew might look harmless, but these spores can be toxic if inhaled or ingested. Suit up with goggles, a face mask that covers your nose and mouth, and rubber gloves.

2). Sunlight: Nature’s Disinfectant

    When it comes to cleaning mould and mildew off your outdoor furniture, location matters. Keep the furniture outside—bringing it into an enclosed space like your garage or basement is a big no-no. The sun is your ally here; its ultraviolet rays are germicidal and can help kill mould growth while drying out any lingering moisture. Win-win.

    3). Soap and Scrub: The Gentle Approach

    Spotted a bit of mould? No need to panic. A simple mixture of dishwashing soap and warm water for light infestations will often do the trick. Grab a soft-bristled brush and gently scrub the mould away. As you work, wipe off any excess liquid and dry the surface thoroughly with a towel.

    4). Pulling out the Big Guns

    If your mould problem is more than just a minor inconvenience, it’s time to bring out the big guns—distilled white vinegar. This natural remedy is safe for all types of wood, including our beautiful teak pieces. Mix the vinegar with warm water and spray the solution directly onto the mould. Let it sit for an hour, then wipe down the surface with a damp cloth and dry it off.

    FAQs : Mould on Outdoor Furniture

    Q. Can I prevent my furniture from getting mouldy?

    A. Absolutely! Prevention is better than cure, as the old saying goes, and regular cleaning is your first line of defence. Mould and mildew love dirt and dust, so keep your tables, chairs, and other furniture items as clean as you can, not forgetting to vacuum the cushions frequently.

    Q. Can I store my furniture away to help with mould prevention?

    A. Sure, with the right measures in place! If you store your outdoor furniture during winter, for example, ensure each item is completely dry before putting it away. Adding a moisture barrier, like a plastic sheet or tarp, can also help.

    Monitoring your outdoor space’s humidity levels is crucial—if they stay high for an extended period, perform a mould check and address any areas prone to moisture.

    Q. What should I do if my furniture is already mouldy?

    If you’ve spotted mould on your outdoor furniture, don’t wait. Follow the steps we’ve outlined: gear up with safety equipment, clean the furniture outside in the sunlight, and choose the appropriate cleaning method based on the severity of the mould. Regular maintenance and prompt action are key to keeping your furniture mould-free.

    Q. Can I use commercial mould removers?

    While commercial mould removers can be effective, they often contain harsh chemicals that might damage your furniture or be harmful to the environment. Stick with natural solutions like soap and vinegar for a safer, equally effective approach.

    In Conclusion

    Autumn is a fantastic time to enjoy your outdoor space in South Africa, and with a bit of care, your luxury outdoor lounge furniture can remain as inviting as ever. So, gear up, get cleaning, and keep your outdoor entertainment space mould-free—ready for all the laughter, braais, and relaxed winter evenings to come.

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