How to Clean Mold & Mildew from Outdoor Patio Furniture

by Updated May 24, 2020

After neglecting my outdoor deck chairs for too long, I finally decided to clean off the mold and mildew that had built up on them over a period of time (it had been a long time coming!).  Due to my deck not getting a lot of sunshine, the mold easily builds up on the outdoor fabric of the chairs. 

So after gathering up an old shower scrub brush and a few other supplies I got to work cleaning off the mold and mildew.  To my surprise, it turned out to be a much easier job than I suspected, even without a real Mold and Mildew cleaning solution and blocker, which I really should have used.  Instead I improvised a little bit and just used Method shower soap spray, a bucket of water with OxiClean mixed in, and an old shower scrub brush. Here's what I did:

  1. Gather supplies (scrub brush, Mold & Mildew cleaning spray, bucket of water with OxiClean).
  2. Spray outdoor furniture chair fabric with cleaning solution and scrub with shower brush until mold is removed from the fabric of the chairs.
  3. Clean chairs off with water to remove moldy soap suds and let them dry off.
  4. That's it.

All in all, it took less than a half hour to clean all four of the moldy chairs on my deck.  If I were to do this again, I would definitely get a bottle of Mold Armor.  Which ever cleaning solution you use, just be careful that it doesn't contain any bleech or stain that could damage or discolor your furniture.

Another solution is to get Wet and Forget, which will take longer to see results, since it requires no scrubing, but will work over a period of weeks.



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