Easy step-by-step guide to getting rid of molds on your clothes.
What causes these molds?
Mold infestation in your cabinets can be a major problem, not only for the appearance of your home but also for your health (These molds can cause respiratory and skin problems to a severe extent if left untreated!). The musty smell and unsightly black spots can make your home feel uninviting and unclean. However, there are steps you can take to prevent and eliminate mold growth in your cabinets.
First, it's important to understand that mold thrives in warm, humid environments. To prevent mold growth, make sure your cabinets are well-ventilated and keep the humidity levels in your home low. You can do this by using a dehumidifier or with the help of moisture wicking desiccants, or simply try your best to leave gaps between the fully dried clothes to allow for increased airflow.
What to do if your clothes have mold?
Molds will always gradually spread and grow once they have found their spot. Leaving the molds for a long period of time would cause the substrate (The organic surface they are growing on) to degrade over time. This goes for clothes as well, eventually reaching a state of irrepair, whereby you will have to discard them.
Here are 6 steps to take for a DIY approach to getting rid of molds on your clothes!
1) Separate your clothes, not all can be washed! Leave your delicate luxury clothes to professional dry cleaners!
2) Use cleaning vinegar & baking soda to treat the moldy spots on your clothes! Spray on and give it a light warm scrub and let it sit for 15 minutes!
3) Machine wash the moldy clothes with hot water (50°C to 60°C) mixed with a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda mixed with your detergent.
4) Dry out the clothes well, use the ultraviolet rays from the sun to kill molds! Make sure they are completely dry. Clothes get moldy due to the moisture when it is not well dried!
5) Check for patchy mold spots, if you do still spot them, repeat the above process again.
6) Ensure proper ventilation for wherever you are storing your clothes! High humidity in Singapore combined with stagnant moisture due to low ventilation is a giant factor for molds to grow! Consider using moisture wicking desiccants & dehumidifiers to lower the moisture!
Asides mold growths on your clothes, also take note of the growths on the cabinets themselves as these can definitely spread back onto your clothes. If small patches are visible, you can clean using the same vinegar and baking soda mix.
However, if the patches are spreading fast and wide, drop us a message :)