How To Remove Black Mold Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 23, 2023
Black mold can not only be harmful to your health but also leave unsightly stains on your clothes. But don't worry, we've got the solution for removing those tough stains from your clothes. Keep reading to learn how to remove black mold stains from clothes.
A dark black or grey stain with a fuzzy or slimy appearance.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
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Hot water helps to kill the mold and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Black Mold Stains
Black mold stains clothes because it releases spores that can stick to fabric fibers. These spores, a by-product of its metabolic processes, contain pigments that give black mold its characteristic color and are insoluble in water. When the spores come into contact with fabric, they can transfer some of these pigments, leaving behind a discoloration or stain. Additionally, Black mold can produce mycotoxins, which can also cause discoloration or stain to the clothes. To prevent black mold from staining clothes, it is best to keep your home dry, well-ventilated, and clean, and to remove any mold as soon as you notice it. Also, it's recommended to avoid storing clothes or fabrics in damp or moldy areas, and to wash or dry clean clothes that have been exposed to mold as soon as possible.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Black Mold Stains
Dish soap or laundry detergent
Step By Step Process To Remove Black Mold Stains
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the mold stain and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
Mix 1/2 cup of borax with 1/2 cup of warm water. Apply the mixture to the mold stain and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 3 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the mold stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Apply lemon juice directly to the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the mold stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Wash the garment in warm water with a small amount of dish soap or laundry detergent. Wash the garment separately from other clothes.
Before applying any of the solutions, test them on a small inconspicuous area of the garment first to check for colorfastness. Also, you can repeat the process if the stain is not completely removed.
Black mold stains clothes due to spores that stick to fabric fibers and leave pigments and mycotoxins. To remove, use white vinegar, borax, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, baking soda and dish soap or laundry detergent. Mix white vinegar and water, borax and warm water, hydrogen peroxide and water, apply lemon juice, make a baking soda paste, and finally wash the garment. Always test a small area before using any products and repeat the process if the stain is not completely removed.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.