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Furniture and Furnishings Mold Growth Removal and Repair

     Furniture and furnishings made from wood, cloth, and/or other cellulose-based materials can easily have mold growth, often hidden on the bottom and backside of the furniture and furnishings, or by hidden internal mold growth. All that is needed to get mold growing is to have the furniture and furnishings inside a home or building which has elevated levels of airborne mold spores and high humidity or another water source such as a water leak or roof leak.

     Moldy furniture repair: Mold spores and mold growth can often be effectively removed from furniture and furnishings, and even from upholstered furniture. Detailed instructions for each type of personal property are provided in the in-depth mold book Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Prevention, Inspection, Testing, and Remediation.

Furniture Mold Q & A
    
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April 5, 2012. I bought a couch in China and shipped it to my home in New Zealand. When I received it, it got mould growing everywhere in the couch from the inside to the outside, the seller denied this is their problem and his point is it has been left in the container for 3 weeks which I don't believe is the cause of the mould, so I want to do a inspection of the mould if there is a way to see how long the mould has been growing for. If the moulds have been there for more than a month, it will be very helpful to identify the responsibility of this problem. I will be very glad if you can give me some advice on this issue.
      
A. There is no way to test for how old the mold growth is.  Massive amounts of mold can grow in just a few days if there is adequate mold food (your sofa) and water (e.g., high humidity inside the shipping container). I have two major Asian clients who are manufacturers who, respectively, send furniture and clothing made in their factories via ocean containers to all over the world. I have spent weeks with both clients in their factories. With my help, both clients now send products in large quantities by ocean container with no mold growth during the trip. Traveling in ocean containers in the high humidity sea air is a good way to have big-time mold growth but there need to be contributing factors for the ocean trip to be a problem. The most likely cause of the problem is that moldy lumber was used internally in the manufacture of the furniture. Asian furniture manufacturers do not properly select mold-free wood for furniture building and they do nothing to remove mold spores and mold growth from timbers used in furniture building or to spray the wood with an anti-fungal protective coating. Second, the manufacturer did not properly check the ocean container for possible leaks (a very common problem), thus enabling water penetration into the container and thus mold growth. Third, probably there were no or too little dessiccants (drying agents) with the coach to protect it against high humidity. Fourth, there was likely inadequate packaging and protection of the couch against humidity (e.g., the coach was not in a sealed plastic cover/bag to protect against high ocean humidity and container leaks). The arrival of moldy furniture in NZ is proof positive that the shipper did one or more of the above mistakes. Don't accept moldy furniture for the well-being of your health. If you want me to make a notarized affidavit in detail about the above for your use, I can do so. Best wishes---Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, and Certified Mold Remediator.
 

 Photograph of Mold growth on the bottom of a bedroom dresser.
Mold growth on the bottom side of a bedroom dresser. The dresser was sitting close to a mold-infested wall.

Mold growing in the furniture.
Mold growth on mattress.

A furniture where there is toxic mold growing on it.
Mold growth on mattress.

Toxic mold growing in the furniture.
Mold growth on sofa cushion.

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