Help! How do I remove mould/mildew from a sofa?

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03 May 2010 00:00 by samcampbell Star rating in Costa Del Sol. 138 posts Send private message

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Now the sun has finally come out...... I have been able to strip down my two external sofa's and can see that the mould has not only permeated the sofa cushion covers, the cushions, the external cover for the whole sofa it has also got into the "skin" of the sofa too!

I have heard various tricks from baking soda, alcohol, bleach (!!) so if anyone has the same problem or knows the best way to remove and also how to wash the cushion covers in the washing machine that would be a great help.

Incidentally, I cannot wash the cushions themselves in the machine as they have a feather interior.

All suggestions eagerly welcomed!!!



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03 May 2010 16:54 by vicswitchblade Star rating. 10 posts Send private message

I think the best thing is to hoover it then wash it with a weak fairy liquid solution and if possible, put it out in the sun to dry.





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03 May 2010 18:35 by Daveline Star rating in Lancashire & Orihuel.... 42 posts Send private message

Hi, on aircraft sails we use Miltons sterilising solution for mould !!

 

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03 May 2010 22:33 by maud Star rating. 43 posts Send private message

We took our sofa outside to prevent spores spreading. We then hoovered it down as much as possible,  washed with mild detergent, followed by an anti fungal spray. We then dried it thoroughly.





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04 May 2010 00:18 by craig33 Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

try using a mild detergent and rub with a soft brush works with car interior





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04 May 2010 09:42 by SimoneIcough Star rating in Monda. 43 posts Send private message

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Hi,

 

I agree with Dave, Milton sterilising solution is a great alterative to bleach and this should get rid of the mould.

 

Good luck

 

Simone



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04 May 2010 13:16 by samcampbell Star rating in Costa Del Sol. 138 posts Send private message

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Well thank you all who have replied and mentioned Milton Sterlising Fluid!

Before I go and buy vast quantities, can you please advise me do I put it on neat onto the frame and the cushions?

With the washable cushions, should i put it on neat and then just wash on a mild wash using gentle detergent?



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05 May 2010 10:39 by SimoneIcough Star rating in Monda. 43 posts Send private message

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Hi Sam,

 

I just read up about Milton, just to double check, and the best way to use it is to dilute the solution. If used neat it will have the same affect as bleach and discolour the fabric, as it is a very mild bleach anyway. So maybe just try a little and dilute well :) Unless your sofa and cushions are white, then dont dilute as much ;)

 

Hope it works out for you :)

 

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