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What Happens To Your Furniture When Mold Removal Is Put Off?

May 5th, 2015 · 13 Comments

Winter is the season when your home is on lockdown. For the most part, the atmosphere is sealed off from the outside, forcing the ventilation and heating system to circulate the same stale air. Stuffy air and the lack of sunshine leads to one thing: mold growth. Though the air may seem drier in the winter, moisture can still become trapped in certain places because of the lack of air flow. If you find you have a mold problem that developed over the winter, call us at ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal services in Kansas City, MO.

We all know how dangerous and toxic mold can be, but did you know how badly it can damage your furniture? If mold is allowed to grow unchecked on your wood or metal furniture and upholstery, the results can be irreversible.

Metal furniture is the most resistant to mold growth because there is a smaller chance that organic materials will be present. However, if your metal furniture is painted, there is a strong chance there will be some form of cellulose in the paint. If you have house plants next to your metal furniture, it can transfer organic materials to the surface, allowing mold to grow. Mold growth on metal furniture can cause rust, tarnish, and other forms of weakening oxidation.

Wood furniture is much more susceptible to mold because it’s an organic material. Even wood varnish, wax finish and wood glue can contain organic materials to feed mold. Because wood is also so porous, it’s easy for mold spores to seep deeply into the grains. Mold-affected wood becomes weakened structurally, can be more vulnerable to rot, and spread mold further throughout the home.

Upholstered furniture is the most susceptible to mold growth. Most upholstery is made from organic materials like leather, cotton, linen, and silkā€”all food for mold. These materials are also porous, and mold can easily permeate deep into the fabrics and cushions to contaminate the whole body of the furniture. Besides slowly eating away at the fabric, mold that has infested upholstery becomes a mold spore bomb waiting to happen.

Winter ventilation can’t catch all the mold spores when the air is continually circulated. It often allows the mold to spread even more. Call us at ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal services in Kansas City, MO.

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13 responses to “What Happens To Your Furniture When Mold Removal Is Put Off?”

  1. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that wood furniture is especially susceptible to mold. My basement flooded a few days ago, and a few pieces of wooden furniture were wet for a pretty long time. I’ll definitely look into having someone clean up the mold on the furniture and in the basement before it gets worse. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Cool post! Thank you for helping me understand what happens if I procrastinate mold removal services. I like how you said that ” Besides slowly eating away at the fabric, mold that has infested upholstery becomes a mold spore bomb waiting to happen.” I have never had problems with mold with my furniture before but it is good to know that it is good to remove the mold before it gets worse.

  3. I really did not know that mold could potentially be toxic to your health. Having that be in your furniture is actually a pretty scary thought since you sit down regularly. Like you mentioned, that really is an incentive to not put off getting mold removal done. Thanks for the eye opening info!

  4. John Carston says:

    I’ve never checked under my furniture for mold problems but I’ll have to take a look. I have furniture with wooden construction so from what I understand it may be more susceptible to mold growth. I’m not sure if I can safely remove the mold myself but I’ll have to look into this more. Thanks for the helpful info.

  5. Braden Bills says:

    I’ve got some mold problems with my furniture. I didn’t know that putting off the mold removal could make it fall apart! It’s scary that it can be irreversible. I’ll be sure to have someone remove the mold for me as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Greg Duffy says:

    My wood furniture here is almost 2 years old now and I never check underneath on it. And I already bought mold removal and planned to remove mold next week for myself but I am thankful to see this informative write ups of you that applying mold removal on wood furniture could make it fall apart which is terrible. You saved my wood furniture’s life! Thank you so much!

  7. Thanks for the very informative read. You wrote that if mold is allowed to grow unchecked on your furniture and upholstery, the results can be irreversible. My mother has some older pieces of furniture that she received from her mother and they mean a lot to her. I’ll have to recommend she look for a quality mold inspection service to make sure that her furniture is safe from any potential problems.

  8. Braden Bills says:

    I didn’t realize that mold was such a huge problem! I’ll make sure that I get rid of any mold in my home before winter. I might hire a professional who knows where to find it, though.

  9. siaosi says:

    I did not know that mold removal was so vital. I need to get some of my mold removed. I would want to get some help fixing my furniture. I do not want it to go bad.

  10. John says:

    I had no idea that mold could rot furniture made of wood. Does this also occur within the wooden frames of the walls of a home? I’m worried my mother-in-law may have mold since I noticed a musty smell in her basement, so we better have it check out soon.

  11. Jane Ambrose says:

    My husband and I have noticed some mold growing around our house, so we’ve been wondering if it’s necessary to move it or if we can leave it for a while. I had no idea that upholstered furniture is the most susceptible to mold because they are porous. It seems like removing mold is necessary for keeping the features of your home in tact and to prevent it from spreading. I’ll be sure to share this information with my husband!

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