Learn 5 Steps on How to Get Mold Out of Clothes

Learn 5 Steps on How to Get Mold Out of Clothes

Mold on clothes can be a source of stress in the home. Mold stains can be tough to take out from clothes so getting rid of them quickly is necessary. Because the longer mold is left on clothes, the more difficult it will be to remove. 

When mold eats organic material such as cotton clothes, it will destroy the material slowly. Continue reading and learn a few tips on how to get mold out of clothes.

 

How to Get Rid of Mold on Clothes

Check the following steps on how to get mold out of clothes:

1. Always check your clothes/garment care labels. 

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, especially when it comes to washing and drying. Follow the suggested water temperature for the garment and how it should be dried, too.

2. Use a mold stain remover or scrub it off using a toothbrush.

Using the products that will be tackled below, just apply the solution to the mold stain. If the fabric is tough, such as cotton or denim, gently scrub off the mold with a clean toothbrush and the solution of your choice. Be extra cautious not to damage the fabric in the process.

3. Pre-soaking or drying in the sun is necessary.

 Depending on the type of fabric, drying in the sun is effective in removing mold stains and helps to kill mold spores in the fabric. However, sunlight has a natural bleaching effect which can fade colors and damage fabrics that are delicate.

 Pre-soaking the mold-stained fabric/garment in one of the suggested solutions below for up to an hour can be a solution for delicate garments.

4. Washing your clothes/garments in hot water can kill mold and mildew.

 Hot water is effective not only at getting rid of allergens and bacteria but killing mold spores, too. But follow the care label’s instructions for the recommended and safest temperature to wash your clothing. If your clothing or fabric can’t be washed, you can take them to the dry cleaner.

5. Give a final hang-dry of your clothing in the sun. 

For the remaining mold stains, you may repeat some of the previous steps. Drying in the sun again will help zap any remaining mold.

 

Choosing the Right Product 

Now that you know how to get mold out of clothes, choose the most appropriate product below for your clothes. Make sure to test it on a concealed part of the fabric or clothes first and check the safety precautions recommended on the product’s label.   

  • Soap/laundry detergent – In bar, powder, or liquid form, you can directly rub in and rinse out with water. Then dry in the sun. 
  • Bleach – Chlorine bleach is effective at killing mold, but it will also fade any colored fabric/clothes.  
  • White Vinegar – Diluted vinegar can be applied directly to the mold stain. You can also pre-soak the clothing in a pail of water mixed with a cup of vinegar. In addition, you can also add 1-2 cups of vinegar to your washing machine per cycle. This can kill any moldy smells and mildew smells not only in clothes but in your home as well.  
  • Baking soda You can use it to wash white shirts and effectively deal with mold stains. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply the paste to any mold patches. Then scrub it with a toothbrush and rinse with hot water.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – To make a solution, combine 1 part 20% hydrogen peroxide with 4 parts water. This should only be used on organic fabrics such as cotton, linen, etc. 
  • Borax – Mix a half cup of borax with hot water according to instructions. Then add the solution directly into your washing machine, and wash the clothes as normal.

 The solutions suggested above are good for eliminating mold not only in your clothes but in other areas of your home as well such as in your bathroom, basement, etc. 

Prevent Mold on Clothes 

Avoid mold in the first place. Let’s jump in for some tips. 

1. Dry your clothes quickly. 

 Take your clothes out of your washer right away and dry them in a dryer or outside. Mold is more likely to grow in moist fabric or clothing.

2. Prepare a mold prevention spray.

You can spritz your clothes with vinegar spray, baking soda solution, or any natural mold remover of your choice every 2 weeks. This can prevent musty smelling of any clothing or clothes, thus leaving them smelling fresh. 

3. Maintain moisture levels at their minimum.

Mold in clothes can occur frequently especially if the humidity level in your home is 60% or more. Thus, maintaining low levels of moisture is key when it comes to prevention. Using a dehumidifier is an efficient way of controlling the levels of humidity. 

4. Maintain good ventilation in your home and closets.

Let fresh air circulate inside your home by opening windows and turning on fans. Close windows on rainy days to keep off humidity.

5. Check HVAC filters.

Screens are usually found in any ventilation, cooling, or heating system. So it is necessary to change the filter every one to three months to prevent mold growth and allergens.

Contact Professionals for Mold Remediation Services

The smell of mold on clothes can easily spread to other unaffected clothing items and eventually spread to your property. Mold spores are airborne and can easily proliferate to different areas and materials in your home. 

How to get mold out of clothes right away is very important to prevent damage and health issues in the future. Allow Superior Restoration to take care of the job. We offer professional mold remediation services.

Contact our local office, Water Damage Murrieta. We also provide services for water damage and fire damage restoration. We are available 24/7.                                                                                                                                                                               

Learn Tips On How to Get Rid Of Mold in The Attic (1)

Learn Tips on How to Get Rid of Mold in Attic

Homeowners usually focus their attention on removing mold in different visible areas of their homes such as the bathroom. However, there is one important space that is often overlooked and neglected. And that is —– the attic. If you are not able to check the walls, floors, sides, and corners of your attic, then it needs a thorough check. Because ignored attics are likely to have a mold infestation. Moreover, if mold stays in your home for a long period of time, long-term effects can harm you and your family.  Please read on to learn a few tips on how to get rid of mold in the attic. In addition, hiring a professional for mold removal can be of big help in completely eradicating even the mold spores in your property.

 Why is there mold in the attic?

 Determining the cause of mold growth in your attic is the initial step in any mold remediation process. When there is an excess moisture problem in your attic plus the dark environment, it creates a perfect breeding ground for mold including black mold.

The top causes of mold in the attic are:

  • Inadequate / poor ventilation
  • Roof leaks
  • Siding or window leaks
  • Improper / insufficient insulation / poorly installed insulation
  • Poor or incorrect venting from the home’s bathroom, kitchen, or clothes dryer
  • Uninsulated air ducts
  • Improper installation of water heaters or furnaces

 If your home’s ventilation is not sufficient or the venting has not been properly installed,  the moist, warm air from the bathroom, kitchen, and clothes dryer will rise up. And it will go into the attic. When warm, moist air mixes with the cooler attic air ( especially in the colder months and high humidity), it can create a condensation issue that will lead to mold problems.

How to prevent mold in the attic?

 Prevention of mold is way better than spending a lot of time and money on damages (structural and health) in the long run. First, make sure where the moisture is coming from and repair any venting or insulation issues that you might find. 

  • Proper insulating your attic to keep off mold growth.
  • Reduce moisture by sealing the sources such as gaps and cracks where the moisture seeps through.
  • Make sure that there is adequate ventilation in your attic. You can do this by determining the amount of roof ventilation required for the attic space.
  • Make sure there is a minimal difference in temperature inside the attic and outside to prevent condensation on the underside of roof sheathing.
  • Make sure to check for blocked ventilation or damage. Rafter ventilation or baffles should not be damaged or blocked with insulation. Fix broken or improperly installed rafter ventilation/baffles.
  • Check the roof for any leaks or damages. Repair the roof if necessary.
  • Air seal all points of entry such as fans and hoses in the bathroom or recessed lighting/ pot lights. Use low-temperature light bulbs (LED) and install or repair weather stripping around the attic hatch. Moreover, seal around holes, gaps, and cracks inside the attic including wiring, plumbing vent pipes, or ducts (in some instances).
  • Vent appliances used in your bathroom, kitchen, and dryer should blow the air to the outside.

 How to get rid of mold in the attic?

 After correcting the source of mold in your attic, you can also try the following ideas to correct mold issues yourself. Check how:

  • Protect yourself completely by using protective gear such as a disposable mask, goggles, rubber gloves, etc.
  • Remove all items from your attic and place them in thick bags. Get rid of all items that are covered by mold-like carpeting, drywall, etc.
  • Close all openings, including windows and vents with plastic.
  • Treat moldy areas by using cleaners and disinfectants of your choice, chemically or naturally. Bleach is effective in removing surface molds. Natural products such as vinegar, baking soda, borax, tea tree oil, etc. are also useful and effective in eliminating mold in your attic.
  • Spray the moldy areas with a solution of your choice and use a wire brush to scrub the attic. Allow it to dry before removing the plastic sheeting.

Does homeowners insurance policy cover mold in the attic?

 Your homeowner’s insurance will only cover mold damage if the damage occurred from an accident that has been reported right away.

 Mold damage in the attic can be covered as water damage in this area of a home and can go unnoticed for months. For instance, if you are hit by a harsh winter with much snow, ice, and rain, water leaks can enter through your roof going into your attic. If this is the case, your insurance will likely cover the damage.

However, the homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover mold damage in your attic due to negligence. For example, if you have not been up to your attic for over a year and when you do, you suddenly find out that mold has formed on the walls.  But there is no sign of any leaks or cracks.

 Seek Attic Mold Removal Experts

 After a few days/ weeks in spite of your effort in getting rid of mold in the attic and mold keeps returning, consider hiring an expert. Especially if the affected area is more than 10 square feet, you should contact an IICRC certified company. Superior Restoration offers professional residential and commercial mold remediation services.

 Please don’t hesitate to contact Water Damage Murrieta. We offer mold cleanup, water damage, and fire damage restoration. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.