How to Get Mold Out of Cushions

Cushions used to make patio furniture more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing are often exposed to moisture and humidity.
Clean cushions as necessary to prevent mold formation.Clean cushions as necessary to prevent mold formation.
When not allowed to dry properly, mold spores grow on the cushions and quickly spread to other nearby surfaces. Although you can take measures to avoid mold on cushions, prompt treatment gets rid of any that's already in existence and returns the cushions to a clean, fresh-smelling condition. Left unattended, mold eventually ruins cushion material with its invasive stains and odor.

Step 1

Dry cushions in sunlight to kill mold.

Lay an old sheet in a sunny location. Set the moldy cushions on top of the sheet and leave them there for four to five hours, turning the cushions over halfway through the allotted time so both sides can dry. The sun kills mold spores.

Step 2

Brush off mold spores using a natural-bristle brush. Do this outdoors, away from your patio, to avoid transferring mold to other surfaces.

Step 3

Scrub away mold stains with a bleach and detergent solution.

Mix 3/4 cup all-fabric bleach, 2 tsp. dish-washing detergent and 1 gallon warm water in a bucket. Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from coming in contact with mold. Dip the scrub brush into the bleach solution and then scrub the cushions to remove mold and its accompanying stains.

Step 4

Dampen a clean cloth with water. Repeatedly wipe off the surface of the cushions, rinsing the cloth as needed.

Step 5

Press a clean, dry cloth into the cushions to absorb moisture. Prop up the cushions in a dry location to allow them to air-dry completely. Rotate the cushions to ensure air circulates around them and dries all sides.

Things You Will Need

  • Old sheet
  • Natural-bristle brush
  • 3/4 cup all-fabric bleach
  • 2 tsp. dish-washing detergent
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Clean cloths

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.