How to Get Mildew Off of Beach Chairs

Mix a simple solution to clean mold from beach chairs.
Mix a simple solution to clean mold from beach chairs. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If humidity and dirt have ganged up on your outdoor furniture to produce mildew, fight back with an arsenal of household staples. The furniture will look new in no time, and you may feel like celebrating by getting out of the hot kitchen and into the back yard with family and friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • 1 cup ammonia
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 gallon of water
  • Terry cloth towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Pail or dishpan

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Tackle mildew spots with a spritz of white distilled vinegar. Try a squirt of diluted vinegar followed by a brisk wipe. If that doesn’t work, use full strength vinegar on the mildew, wipe and rinse.

Mix ammonia, vinegar, baking soda and one gallon of water in a pail or dishpan for stubborn stains.

Dip a cloth in the solution and wipe over furniture. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a dry terry towel.

Mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia in 1 gallon of water to clean mildewed wicker furniture. Scrub with an old toothbrush to get between the weave of the chair.

Tips & Warnings

  • The above cleaning solution works on wood furniture.
  • Use 2 tbsp ammonia in 1 gallon of water for wicker
  • An old tooth brush will aid in cleaning wicker furniture to get in between cracks
  • Clean with the wind at your back on windy days if sensitive to odors and or cleaning solutions
  • Don't forget the rubber gloves to protect sensitive skin


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