How to Remove Mold From Cushion Covers


If you have mold on your cushion covers, chances are they are outdoor cushions, have been stored in a dark, warm area or are used in an area with high humidity. When you first notice the mold, isolate the cushions from other fabrics or furniture before it spreads. Then, as soon as you can, use one of several methods to remove the mold.

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon or stiff brush
  • Bleach
  • Rag, cotton swab or spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Set cushions out in direct sun with the mold side facing up. Sunlight can dry and help stop the spread of mold. After the mold dries, scrape the mold off with a nylon-bristle or another stiff brush. Do this outdoors, away from any outdoor furniture.

  • Mix 9 parts water and 1 part bleach. Use chlorine bleach for whites and other bleach-safe fabrics or non-chlorine bleach for other fabrics that will fade with chlorine bleach.

  • Apply a small amount of solution onto the mildew stains with a cotton swab or end of a rag. Use a spray bottle for easy application. Leave the bleach on the cushion cover for about 30 minutes. If that doesn't work, try a 50-50 solution of bleach and water. If you use are using a color-safe bleach, use a full concentrate of bleach. Rinse by dabbing on a wet, clean sponge, rinsing and wringing it out often in clean water.

  • Remove the cover if possible, especially if much of the cushion cover is covered with mold. Many covers have a zipper you can unzip for easy cleaning. Soak the cover in 9 parts water and 1 part chlorine or non-chlorine bleach for a half-hour. If that doesn't work, try a 50-50 solution. Rinse well in clean water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sunlight may fade your cushions.

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