How to Remove Mold From Bamboo

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Mold on bamboo furniture, placemats or window blinds can be an unsightly and a foul-smelling mess. If the mold is pervasive, it can also cause sickness and respiratory tract infections from breathing the spores. Removing mold from bamboo involves killing the fungus, then wiping away the brownish-green stains. With household cleaning products and a little elbow grease you can get the job done.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristle nylon brush
  • Old towels
  • Take the bamboo outdoors for cleaning. Working in the yard makes less of a mess and you are less likely to breathe the fungus.

  • Mix 2 oz. ammonia with a pint of water and pour into a plastic spray bottle.

  • Spray the mold liberally with the ammonia water solution and allow to soak for 15 minutes.

  • Gently scrub the moldy surfaces with a soft nylon bristle brush, wiping away the loosened mold with towels. Cloth towels work better than paper towels, which may disintegrate while you're trying to wipe mold out of coarse bamboo grooves and hard-to-reach areas.

  • Rinse the bamboo with clean, cold water.

  • Let the bamboo air dry completely. Leaving the bamboo in direct sunlight will kill mold spores that you may have missed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Move bamboo furniture indoors or to a storage shed when not in use for prolonged periods of time. Bleach can be substituted for ammonia when cleaning bamboo fencing. Avoid using bleach on stained bamboo such as window blinds and indoor furniture.

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