Can You Clean Mould out of Upholstery Cushions?

While upholstery cushions provide comfort and style to our homes, they can also be susceptible to moisture damage and mould growth. If you're facing this issue, you might be wondering if there's a way to salvage your beloved cushions. In this blog post, we'll explore whether you can clean upholstery cushions with mould and offer some guidance on how to tackle this problem.


Understanding the Issue

The transcript above features a concerned individual, Safka, seeking advice on how to deal with mould growth on her upholstery cushions. Upon inspection, it’s evident that the mould has taken hold inside the cushions, making it a challenging problem to address.

Mold is not just a cosmetic issue; it can pose health risks. When you sit on a mould-infested cushion, it can release mould spores into the air. Breathing in these spores can lead to allergic reactions, skin rashes, and other health problems. However, addressing mould in your cushions is not just about aesthetics but your well-being.

Can You Clean Mouldy Cushions?

The short answer is that cleaning mouldy cushions is only sometimes a straightforward solution, especially if the mould has infiltrated the cushion’s interior. Simply cleaning the outer fabric won’t eliminate the problem because the mould spores inside the cushion will remain in the air.

Mold growth inside cushions is a serious concern, and it’s essential to prioritize your health and safety. While you can clean and salvage some minor cases of mould on upholstery cushions, severe mould infestations like the one in Safka’s case require a different approach.

Consider Consulting an Upholsterer

One option to address mouldy upholstery cushions is to consult with a professional upholsterer. Upholsterers have the skills to work with furniture and cushions, and they can assess the extent of the damage and recommend the best course of action.

In some cases, an upholsterer may suggest replacing the cushion’s inner filling. This process is less costly than you might think and can breathe new life into your cushions. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly choice that prevents more waste from ending up in landfills.

Finding a Reliable Upholsterer

If you’re in a situation like Safka’s, where mould has taken a toll on your cushions, it’s crucial to seek expert help. Here are a couple of trusted professionals in the Cambridge area who can assist you:

  1. Adrian Reed (Water Beaches Upholstery): You can reach Adrian at 860 800. Known for his excellent work and customer care.
  2. Mickey (Mill Road): Mickey is on Mill Road, Cambridge, and you can contact her at 07763243879. Well known for her upholstery expertise.

Remember, a reputable upholsterer can evaluate the condition of your cushions and possibly replace the inner filling. They can then assess whether they can clean the fabric cover or if it needs replacing.

Dry Cleaning the Fabric Cover

If the fabric cover of your cushion is removable, an upholsterer or a professional dry cleaner can help with cleaning it. Dry cleaning effectively removes mould stains and odours from fabric, provided the damage to the cover isn’t beyond repair.

Farthings Dry Cleaners has two branches in Milton Road and Trumpington for those in the Cambridge area. They can handle upholstery fabric dry cleaning.

If you’re outside of Cambridge, consider seeking dry cleaning services at your local cleaners. Most reputable dry cleaners have the expertise and equipment to deal with mould-affected fabric covers.

Our Expert Explaining what’s in this blog:

Dealing with mould on upholstery cushions requires a cautious approach to ensure your health and well-being. In severe cases like the one Safka faced, however, it’s best to consult with a professional upholsterer who can assess the damage and then recommend the appropriate steps. One of these steps may include replacing the inner filling and cleaning or replacing the fabric cover. Remember, by taking the right steps, you can extend the life of your cushions and reduce waste in our environment.


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Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing and Admin Coordinator at Art of Clean.

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please do not hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901551 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio, and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning, and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry-Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge



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