How to Clean Mold off Curtains

Mold and mildew in a house is not only unsightly but it also is unhealthy to breath. Sneezing and sore throat problems are often caused by allergic reactions to mold growing in various indoor areas. The mold that grows on curtains is one of the easiest mold problems to deal with and correct. The most common places where mold grows is dark damp areas of the house. Using a flashlight, periodically Inspect the curtains in the areas of your house that are most prone to mold. Mold will be dark and greenish or black in color. When you spot mold, take care of it right away.

  1. Take the curtains off the curtain rods.

  2. Place the curtains in the washing machine. Place in a few towels that need to be washed as well. The towels will help clean the curtains during the wash cycle. Set the washer on the hot water setting. Hot water will remove most mold but, if the curtains are very moldy, throw in a little bleach.

  3. Hang the curtains outside to dry. Remove the curtains from the washer and inspect them for traces of mold after the wash cycle is completed. If there are still traces of mold, place the curtains back in the washing machine and wash them one more time. Once the cycle is completed, hang the curtains outside on a clothes line. Heat and sunlight are also effective in killing mold. Let them dry thoroughly before hanging them back up inside the house.

  4. Rehang the curtains. Check them periodically for signs of mold. If you notice mold starting to come back, spray the area with plain white vinegar. White vinegar is the easiest and most effective way to control mold. It is completely natural and won't harm your pets.

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Robert Russell began writing online professionally in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is currently working on a book project exploring the relationship between art, entertainment and culture. He is the guitar player for the nationally touring cajun/zydeco band Creole Stomp. Russell travels with his laptop and writes many of his articles on the road between gigs.