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Remove mold and mildew

By Rachel Hartman
Info Guru, Catalogs.com

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Remove stubborn mold and mildew from your home
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Mold and mildew often grow in places that are warm and damp. Having them in your home can be unpleasant, yet sometimes they are difficult to remove. Depending on where the mold is, you can take steps to remove it. Here are some ways to remove mold and mildew from common household surfaces, and steps you can take to prevent these problems in the future.

Bathroom Surfaces

Mold and mildew are often found in showers, bathtubs and bathroom floors. In order to remove mildew from these surfaces, there are several household cleaning solutions than can be used. What ever product used, be sure to wear gloves when cleaning in order to protect your hands.

Clothing

Mildew and mold on clothing can leave stains and unpleasant odors. To remove them, start by taking a brush and brushing off as much mold as possible. It is best to do this step outside, so that you do not spread mold around your home. However, if you cannot get outdoors to brush off the clothing, place the item over newspaper and brush it off. Discard the paper after brushing. After removing as much mold as possible, wash the clothing. Dry the clothing in the sun. If the stain remains, consider pre-soaking it in a stain-removing agent before washing. You also can bleach the affected area. Try creating a solution of two tablespoons bleach in one quart of water. Be sure to test a small spot on the clothing first to make sure that the bleach does not discolor the item. Also, you may consider a mixture of lemon juice and salt for colored fabric. Another great natural cleaning supply is vinegar - it works wonders in removing mold and mildew from almost any surface...if you dont mind that pugnent smell. If the material cannot be washed at home, take it to a dry cleaning place and show them the stain.

Leather

If you find mold on leather shoes or luggage, begin the removal process by brushing off the mold. Then mix a solution of one cup denatured alcohol and one cup water. Using a cloth dipped in this mixture, rub the places where mildew has grown. Then allow the shoes or leather surface to dry well. Saddle soap is another option for removing mold and mildew from leather products.

Paper and Books

To remove mold and mildew from books or paper, first check the product to see if it is dry. If it is damp or wet, let it dry in a well-ventilated or breezy area. Then take the materials outside and gently wipe off any mold that you can with a dry cloth. After that, take a cloth, dip it in suds and wring it out. Use the cloth to wipe off the rest of the mold and mildew spots. Rinse gently with water. Once the stain is removed, dry the surface with a soft cloth. If the stain does not come off immediately, try using a mixture of bleach and water. Be careful not to get the pages of the book too wet. Instead, use a cloth dipped in the mixture and wrung out. Then rinse the area with clean water. Spread the pages of the book apart to dry after cleaning. You may want to set up a fan next to them to help them dry faster. If it does not dry quickly, sprinkle some cornstarch between the pages. Leave the cornstarch on for a few hours and then brush it away.

After you remove mold and mildew from the affected area, you can take steps to prevent them from coming back. Keep your house cool in summer with air conditioning, or open windows to increase the ventilation. Try to keep places dry and use dehumidifiers or fans if needed.

The process to remove mold and mildew varies, depending on the item. Once you remove the stains, you can take the necessary measures to prevent them from coming back in the future. Your home will be pleasantly clean and mold-free.

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