Mold stains can be a challenge to remove, especially if left untreated for too long. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on a variety of surfaces, including clothes, and can leave behind unsightly stains. But don't worry, with the right approach and a few simple household items, you can easily remove these stains and restore your clothes to their original condition. These tips will help you get rid of the stains effectively. Keep reading to learn more about how to remove mold stains from clothes and prevent future growth.
Various (depending on type)
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that is usually green, black or brown in color. They can be dry or slightly damp to the touch and may have a musty or moldy smell. These stains are often caused by exposure to mold or mildew.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to kill the mold and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Mold Stains
Mold stains clothes because mold is a type of fungus that grows and reproduces by releasing spores into the air. These spores can land on fabrics, where they can grow and multiply if the conditions are suitable, such as high humidity and warmth. As a result of this metabolic process, molds produce pigments that can leave behind stains on the fabric. Additionally, mold can also produce enzymes that can break down certain fibers in the fabric, causing further damage. To prevent mold from growing on clothes, it is important to keep them clean and dry, and to store them in a cool, well-ventilated area.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Mold Stains
Bleach (for white fabrics only)
Detergent or laundry soap
Brush or scrubber
Step By Step Process To Remove Mold Stains
Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Soak the stained area of the fabric in the solution for at least 30 minutes.
Make a paste of baking soda and water, and use a brush or scrubber to gently scrub the stained area of the fabric.
If the stains are still visible, mix a solution of equal parts lemon juice and water and apply it to the stained area. Allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
If the stains are still present, mix a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and apply it to the stained area. Allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
For white fabrics only, mix a solution of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water, and apply it to the stained area. Allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Launder the garment in the washing machine using detergent or laundry soap, on the hottest water setting that the fabric can withstand.
Please note that hydrogen peroxide can cause color fading on colored fabrics, so it's recommended to test it on an inconspicuous area before use. Also, never mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar or lemon juice, as it creates peracetic acid which can be harmful if inhaled. If you're unsure of the water temperature that the fabric can withstand, check the garment's care label or consult with a professional.
Mold stains on washable fabrics are caused by spores from mold which can land on fabrics and grow if conditions are suitable. To remove the stains, use a mixture of white vinegar and water to soak the stained area, then scrub with a paste of baking soda and water. If stains persist, use a mixture of lemon juice and water or hydrogen peroxide and water. White fabrics can be treated with a solution of bleach and water. Remember not to mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar or lemon juice. Launder the garment in the washing machine using detergent or laundry soap.
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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.