Things You Will Need
- Washing machine
Mildew can grow almost anywhere, but it thrives in damp, poorly-ventilated areas. A house that's been closed up for a while, particularly in the a warm, damp climate, is a perfect medium for the growth of mildew.
If the damage is not extensive, you can alleviate the smell of mild mildew problems with some common sense and simple cleaning techniques.
- Eliminate moisture in the house. Moisture in the air encourages the growth of mold. Place dehumidifiers in the house as necessary to eliminate any residual moisture.
- Air the house thoroughly. Open all the windows and doors, and place fans to circulate air in and out of the house.
- Wash any bedding or draperies in the house with detergent and a mild bleach mixture. Dry these thoroughly, preferably on a clothesline, before hanging up or putting away.
- Clean any direct evidence of mildew on floors, walls, or other surfaces. A solution of bleach and water is one of the most effective methods of cleaning mildew from surfaces. Scrub the surfaces with a brush and the mixture of bleach and water.
- Vacuum carpets after sprinkling with baking soda. Give the baking soda a period of time to absorb odors--usually 3 to 4 hours is sufficient. Vacuum several times to remove all the baking soda.
If you're sensitive to molds or mildew, wear a filter mask while working in the house.