Getting Mildew Out of Veneer

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 27, 2014)

Have you ever noticed how mold and mildew can grow just about anywhere if the conditions are good enough? If proper steps aren't taken, then this can lead to some serious problems. One such problem would be in learning how you can get mildew out of antique furniture or items. This is a problem simply because many older types of furniture have a veneer coating on them. Getting mildew out of veneer is possible, though it may take a bit of work. Here are some simple steps that you can use to ensure that you get your job done right.

  1. Investigate the damage. You can start getting mildew out of veneer by first investigating the damage. Often, all you will need to do is simply look at the veneered surface, and see if the mildew will come off with a simple wipe. Unless the mildew has infiltrated the veneer into wood itself you won't have a difficult time. If the mildew has penetrated the veneer, and gone into the wood or frame, then the damage may be too extensive, or even expensive, to repair.
  2. Dehumidifier for smells. Clean off the veneer as well as you are able, and leave the item in room that has plenty of air circulation so it can dry. After a day or two, check the piece of furniture again, and see if there is any odor that remains. If there is, then seal the room and run a dehumidifier for a day or two. This should remove any minor odors that may be lingering.
  3. Remove the veneer. In the event that the dehumidifier doesn't work, that means that the mildew has infiltrated the veneer and gotten into the wood. To remove this persistent mildew, you will need to remove the veneer from the surface of the wood.
  4. Sand the wood. Once you have removed the veneer surface of the wood, put on a mask and begin sanding the wood. The mask will help prevent you from inhaling any wood or mold spores as you do your work. Continue to sand down the wood, until it looks fresh and clean again.
  5. Replace the veneer. Replace the veneer on the piece of furniture. You do not want to use the same veneer that you removed earlier, since it could still be contaminated with the mildew. Rather use a newer veneer, but if at all possible one that looks like the old.

Keep in mind that if this seems like too much work for you, or you are unsure of your restoration skills, you may want to seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with having a professional restore your antique furniture, or having a professional get the mildew out of veneer. Professionals have the experience, expertise, and tools to do the job right. They just tend to be a little more expensive than doing the work yourself.

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