If your leather sofa or chair has been exposed to water or moisture, mold or mildew can begin to grow on it. If you notice this, it is important to remove the mold or mildew as quickly as possible. Both can dry your leather sofa out, causing it to crack. Mold and mildew can also stain your leather sofa. Follow these steps to properly remove mold or mildew from your leather sofa or chair.
Move the Furniture Into the Sun
If your leather chair or sofa has mold or mildew, the first thing you want to do is remove it from the house and place it in the sun. When you are removing mold or mildew, you want to ensure your leather chair or sofa is completely dry. If it is not dry, more mold and mildew can develop. Placing it in the sun allows it to dry. Additionally, you want to remove the mold or mildew outside of your home, when possible. This helps to prevent the spores from flying to other parts of your home.
Cleaning the Mold or Mildew
Bleach is one of the best cleaners when dealing with mold and mildew. Unfortunately, you cannot bleach a leather couch or chair. As such, the best way to remove mold or mildew from a leather couch or chair is with vinegar. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in spray bottle and spray the affected area. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. The vinegar is acidic and will eat away at the mold and mildew. After a few minutes, spray a bit more and then wipe away the residue. Continue this process until the mold or mildew is removed.
Preventing New Growth
After cleaning the mold and mildew, dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol. Rub the rubbing alcohol into the affected area. The rubbing alcohol helps to kill any remaining spores and prevent new growth from forming. Allow the chair or sofa to dry completely before placing it back in the house and using it.
If you have attempted to remove the mold and mildew and you are unable to, or it has left behind damage, it is time to call in an expert furniture repair company. They can take a look at the damage and determine whether your leather chair or sofa can be salvaged and how to best go about doing that. Contact a furniture repair company today if you are in this position.