Checking for Outdoor Mold
Outdoor mold is a normal occurrence in areas with lots of rainfall and high humidity. However, mold can pop up anywhere there is excessive moisture on common outdoor surfaces such as seat backs on patio furniture. Once mold starts on one area, it can spread to almost any surface so it is important to contain and eliminate mold as soon as you spot it.
What is Mold
Mold and mildew are microscopic organisms that produce an enzyme that break down and digest organic matter in and around your home. There are fast growing fungi which reproduce through spores. These airborne spores are the cause of serious respiratory problems in people. There are thousands of different types of mold, but they all need moisture to grow says The Foam Factory.
What To Do If You See Mold
If you spot mold on a surface such as a chair cushion, the first step is to contain and eliminate it. Always wear gloves and a mask when treating mold. Treat mold on outdoor surfaces with a combination of 3/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water, and let it dry in the sun. The most important thing is to address the moisture problem so that the mold doesn’t come back.
While mold is a necessary part of our ecosystem, it doesn’t have to be a necessary part of your patio cushion. Be aware of the areas where mold is likely to form and minimize the conditions that