I have found a pair of stunning blue curtains that I would love to put up in my bedroom. But when I opened them up I saw that they are both riddled with Mildew. How do I get them clean? Please help!
By Claireuj from South Africa
I don't know if Good Housekeeping knows what they are talking about, but this is what they say about removing mold from various items, including fabric:
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How do I remove mold from Curtains?
Jan from AK
My mother sometimes used to get mildew on whites if she sprinkled them for ironing, and then didn't finish all of the ironing on that day and the damp clothes sat in the basket in the hot summer. If you get mildew on cottons, it is harder to remove. You may have to use bleach and hang it in the sun to remove the stain.
If you mean mold like you get on bread or on fruit, or that poisonous black mold that makes people ill, I have had no experience with that on cloth. I would suggest washing and bleaching; use a hot water wash. Hang in the sunlight after drying in the dryer. Heat and sunlight and bleach kill mold and mildew spores.
I suspect that it is mildew that you have, which is relatively easy to get rid of, and not really harmful. (08/23/2007)