How to Get Mold & Mildew Out of Curtains
If you live in an area with high humidity, you're probably no stranger to mold and mildew. Even if you've seen in before, it's still not something you really get used to. Mold and mildew are harmful to your family's health and unpleasant to look at and smell. If mold and mildew have found their way onto your curtains, it can seem like a disaster. Though getting rid of it won't be the most entertaining chore you'll do all day, it may be the most important.
Take your curtains down carefully and take them outside. Vacuum the floor underneath the curtains to ensure that any mold spores that may have been shaken loose and fallen onto your carpet are removed immediately.
Brush away the loose mold and mildew from the curtains with a medium bristle brush.
Lay the curtains on a flat surface so that the affected area is facing up.
Mix laundry detergent in warm water to make it soapy and scrub the area with a clean cloth or sponge.
Rinse the area well with clean water and allow it to dry in the sun.
Squeeze lemon juice over the affected area and sprinkle it liberally with salt. Scrub the area gently to work the solution into the fibers and leave it to soak in the sun for 1 to 2 hours.
Launder the curtains per the manufacturers' instructions and hang them outside to air dry.
Things You Will Need
- Vacuum cleaner
- Medium bristle brush
- Laundry detergent
- Lemon juice
- Table salt
- If you used your vacuum cleaner to pick up mold, empty the bag or canister immediately to get the contents out of the house.
- This method is safe for washable curtains. If your curtains are wool, silk, or any other non-washable material, consult your local dry cleaner about the best way to remove mold and mildew from them.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals that may fade or damage your curtains.
- Wear gloves, a mask, and protective glasses when cleaning up mold.