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Preventing mildew growth on wooden furniture

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

MildewMildew is a fungus that grows in dark, humid, moist areas and it isn't something that should be ignored. When storing your furniture it’s essential to make sure you take the right precautions in order to prevent mildew growth; this is especially important if you’re storing your furniture in a garage, basement or attic. Although getting rid of mildew from wooden furniture isn’t difficult it’s much easier to prevent its appearance in the first place. If you need to store your wooden furniture in a damp, dark location then follow these tips to prevent any mildew growth.

Paper & Cardboard

If you need to store wooden furniture then it’s really important to store it in an area specifically for wooden furniture – i.e. don’t mix your wooden furniture up with all of your other belongings. If you’re storing more than just furniture then most other things are likely to be stored in cardboard boxes and delicate things wrapped in paper. Although it’s fine to store your belongings in boxes and wrap delicate items in paper these are generally the first things to be attacked by mildew because there’s nothing to protect them. If you store paper and boxes near your wooden furniture then they are likely to be the next target in the attack. The easiest way to avoid this progression is to make sure the space where your furniture is being stored is free from paper and cardboard.


Just because your furniture is in storage doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be cleaned especially when it could prevent the growth of mildew. Furniture that’s covered in dust because it’s been neglected for long periods of time will start to grow mildew. Even if your furniture is being stored in a room which is locked dust will still appear and the components within the dust such as skin and hair will start to decompose over time. It is this decomposition that causes mildew because the process releases gases and oils which leads to mildew. Regularly dusting your furniture is the only way to prevent mildew build up but if you use a furniture polish too then the effects of dusting will last even longer.


When mildew forms on wood it is generally because of the environment that it’s exposed to. Garages, attics and basements are the typical locations of stored furniture and all of these are generally pretty dark and humid which provides the perfect conditions for mildew growth. A dehumidifier is the perfect resolution as they absorb all of the moisture from the air meaning your furniture is no longer exposed to excessive humidity.


Perhaps the easiest, cheapest and most convenient way to prevent mildew growth on your wooden furniture is to invest in some plastic or cloth furniture covers. Nowadays you can buy zipped plastic bags which are often used when moving house to protect furniture during the move. These are a great option if your furniture is likely to be in storage for a long period of time as they will help to maintain its condition.

Preventing mildew is really easy to do and the condition of your furniture will be maintained meaning it’ll be like new when it comes out of storage if you follow these steps.

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