Mold and Mildew Removal from Clothes, Walls, and More

By - 03/25/22
Mold and Mildew Removal from Clothes, Walls, and More

Are you looking for solutions to remove mold and mildew from your clothes, walls, and carpets? If yes, then read further for easy DIY solutions.

Mold and mildew development on wet and mist walls, clothes, and surfaces is legit. For example, walls stay wet because of rain; thus, you can easily find musty-smelling growth on wall corners. Similarly, mold can easily be found on damp clothes, carpets, etc. If you also face mold and mildew issues in your house, it means there is a water source somewhere in the basement, roof, or walls. 

Therefore, you should first address the root of the problem; to find the water source and shut it. Next, you must also want to get rid of the mold and Mildew from your clothes, walls, carpets, and more. This article will discuss how to remove mold from clothes and mold from such damp surfaces with all the products available at your home. 

Read further to know the tips about removing mold and Mildew from: 

  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Walls
  • Carpet
  • Non-Bleachable Clothing 
  • Upholstery
  • Painted Surfaces and more. 

Please note that it is important for you to use safety gear, including a face mask, eye gear, and gloves.

How to Remove Mold from White Clothes? 

Mold and Mildew develop in moist conditions; hence your clothes can develop mol when they are packed in a box and kept in a room with an unknown water source. Or you may have packed the hanging clothes while they needed more time to dry. Mildew and mold can destroy your clothes; therefore, it is important to remove them using bleach vinegar carefully. The use of bleach and other solutions is based on the cloth material. 

If you have a cotton white cloth to remove mold, you can use bleach powder—mix 1 part bleach with three parts of water. Now, pour the solution on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Now, you can wash your clothes as usual with washing powder and water. However, if the stain persists, you can redo the process until the mold vanishes. 

Mold Removal from Non-bleachable Clothes 

Several clothing materials are non-bleachable as they may get damaged. Therefore, you can use lemon juice and white vinegar to remove mold on clothes. You will need:

– Cotton Pads 

– Lemon juice 

– Or white vinegar

First, soak the cotton pad in lemon juice or vinegar, whichever is available. Now put the cotton pad over the mold and mildew stain. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes. After some time, remove the cotton pad and sprinkle salt on the stain. The salt will boost the impact of acid and ensure mold removal. If you are doing it during the day, then prefer putting the cloth out in the sun to try. It is because the sun’s rays also help in bleaching the stain. If the pigment is still there, you can repeat the process with vinegar and lime juice until it fades. Now, wash the cloth as usual. 

Mold and Mildew Removal from the Walls

Walls are prone to mildew development because of the dampness from the basement or roof. The leakage from various parts creates moisture in the walls and corners. In addition, the grouts in the walls also provide a hospitable environment for mold to grow. The black stains on the walls look very bad and smell bad. 

Therefore, the mildew removal professional suggests that you can use the following DIY technique and clean the wall and grout if the area with mold is less. You will need: 

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Dry Towel 
  • Protective Gear 

First, make a solution by mixing 1 part bleach in 3 parts of water and let it sit for a minute or two. Now, take the sponge and dampen it with the solution. Ensure that you squeeze any excess water to prevent creating any mess while removing the Mildew from the wall. Next, put the sponge on the grout having Mildew. Ensure that you are wearing your protective gear like eyeglasses, face masks, and gloves while conducting this procedure. After finishing, you must clean and dry the area using an old towel. 

How to Remove Mildew and mold from Upholstery?

Upholstery is the soft padded textile covering installed in furniture pieces such as sofas and armchairs. Mold growth on upholstery requires organic food sources because synthetic does not offer a hospitable environment for Mildew and mold to grow. However, when the upholstery accumulates soil and dirt in it, it is also capable of absorbing water, creating a healthy environment for mold growth. 

Therefore, it is always suggested to wipe off any spills from the upholstery and ensure it dries up properly to prevent mold or fungi growth. People also use blowers and hair dryers to dry up the wet area to prevent moisture buildup.

Following are some tips to remove mold from upholstery:

  • If the upholstery in your furniture keeps wet and has a good amount of mold growth, you should get it replaced. 
  • If you have small mold stains, you can use a hydrogen peroxide solution to remove them. Pour 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution on the stain and let it sit for a minute. Now, take a damp cloth and clean the area repeatedly. After the stain and solution removal, use a dry towel to soak up the remaining moisture and completely dry the area. If you need further heat to dry up, you can use a hairdryer to dry the stained area. The hydrogen peroxide solution may not completely remove the stain but lighten it.
  • If the stain persists, you can further consult a professional upholstery cleaner to use chemicals and the required equipment to make your furniture shine again. In addition, it is suggested to never try a DIY mol cleaning on silk, wool antique upholstery. 

Mildew Removal from Carpets 

Similar to upholstery, carpets are also made from different materials. Therefore, you must only get your silk and wool carpets cleaned by professionals. However, if the carpet has a very small stain, then you can use chlorine bleach to clean the stain without causing much damage to the carpet. However, before using the chlorine bleach, you must test a hidden part of the carpet for any color loss or surface damage. 

  1. Clean the carpet using dishwasher detergent or steam cleaner. If you are using a dishwasher detergent, ensure that you mix one teaspoon of liquid in 1 quart of water. 
  2. Now mix 1 cup chlorine bleach (hypochlorite solution) in 1-gallon water. You can use a sponge to dampen the stained area. 
  3. After 10-15 minutes, you can use a steam cleaner or dry cloth to soak up the moisture from the carpet. 
  4. Ensure that the carpet is completely dry to prevent further moisture and mold buildup. 

Final Words

Mold buildup on damp surfaces is common, and every homeowner has to go through the struggle of cleaning up the Mildew and mold from their clothes, carpets, furniture, walls, and upholstery. We hope the information above helps you understand how to get Mildew out of clothes and other places using DIY techniques. It is, however, suggested to consult a professional mold cleaner for the safe removal of Mildew without any damage to your property. 


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