Household mold can be a huge problem for homeowners. When we think of mold, we often think of it on our food, on our drywall, on our bathroom tiles and on wooden surfaces. What most people don’t realize is that mold also loves finding a home on clothing and other fabric surfaces.
If you suspect that mold has taken your clothing or fabric hostage, there are a few options to get rid of the problem yourself before bringing in a professional.
Removing Mold from Clothes
First things first, there are a few chemical cleaners that can get the job done. These include bleach, borax and any specially labeled mold killing detergent. Other less harmful chemicals to kill mold are vinegar and baking soda. Whether you have mold on light colored or dark colored fabric, the best way to ensure all the mold spores are gone is to wash the clothing in hot water. We recommend a gentle spin cycle with hot water to ensure the mold is gone but the clothes aren’t damaged. For excessively moldy clothing, don’t hesitate to run your clothes through the wash cycle twice. Feel free to check them after the first wash and assess whether or not they need a second round.
Preventing Mold on Clothing in the Future
After you’ve successfully removed mold from your clothing or other fabric, be sure to take precaution to prevent it from returning in the future. Never let your dirty and damp clothing sit in a pile for longer than a few days. Mold loves dark, warm and moist environments and that pile of laundry is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Try not to leave your towels hanging in the shower and instead consider hanging them up in your bedroom. If your bathroom has a window, open it while the shower is in use to prevent moisture and mold buildup on both clothing and tiles.
If you notice that it isn’t just your clothes that smell or look moldy, then it’s time to contact our professional mold removal company in Peabody MA today because you could have an underlying mold issue that needs to be addressed.