Removing Mold Stains on Fabric

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Mold can grow on many surfaces, particularly in damp areas. This is a page about removing mold stains on fabric.


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January 29, 2005

My daughter's school bag has gone mouldy and we can't find anything to get out the mould stains.The bag is pink so we can't bleach it. Does anyone have any ideas?

Becky lee from Australia


January 30, 20050 found this helpful


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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

turn it inside out keep rubbing it with baby wipes.this worked on a new white table cloth .red sauce spilled on it no stains at all try it it wont it will smell great-------

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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

Whats the bag made of?
vinegar can kill mold, soak bag overnight in vinegar/water and wash as usual, line dry inside out in sun,

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By rosa (Guest Post)
January 30, 20050 found this helpful

try charcoal, newspapers, and or vanilla, I know vanilla works on nasty smells. went crabbing one time, and brought the crabs home in camper fridge, smelled soooo bad, I wiped it down with vanilla, then left it shut with a couple of cotton balls soaked in vanilla for a couple of days, smell was all gone, also works for campfire smell in campers.smelly tennis shoes too""

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By Gramms (Guest Post)
February 2, 20050 found this helpful

you didn't say what material it was made of so I'm guessing it was cloth.I'd turn it wrong side out and paint it with spray paint,one coat should stop the mold and make the bag look better sure and let it dry throughly.

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March 11, 2010

How do you get mold out of a quilt? It is cotton fabric with different colored butterflies on it. It has a water stain and mold where the roof leaked in my closet. Thanks for your help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


By SISSY from Dunlap, TN


March 11, 20100 found this helpful

After trying various solutions I have found online (such as lemon juice & salt, etc.) what I found to work very well is a combination of Clorox2 color-safe bleach and oxy clean. I added both of these to the hottest water the fabric would allow and the stains came out. I pretreated the stains first with some clorox2 by pouring it on the stain and rubbing it in gently prior to washing. Once the wash ran for about 15 minutes, I shut the washer off and I let the quilt soak in the washer for several hours. I then started the washer back up and let the cycle finish. The quilt came out beautifully.good luck.

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

I can't guarantee anything, but I have 2 things you can at least try. If you can't bleach it where the mold is. Try Peroxide. My other idea is Enzyme pet cleaned & odor remover. This Enzyme pet cleaned works by making natural organic stains break down & biodegrade quicker. Just spray it on, let sit & keep it wet with the product.


You may have to repeat this twice. I hope this works!

Also, you might try putting lemon juice on the stain then setting the quilt out in the mid-day sun. * If all else fails, take a nice lace doily (or a fabric that matches) & applique' or sew it over the stains. You might even use fancy buttons or cotton crocheted flowers & leaves in colors that match to cover the stains.

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August 29, 2011

How do you remove mold from suede, silk, and leather?

By Shelby from NE


August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Use Murphy's Oil Soap, take wet sponge work up a good lather and soap all pieces that have mold. Believe it or not mold is a good sign. Much better then being dried out. Anyhow, soap everything very well let set on leather till dry even, then take a damp sponge or cloth and remove all residue. You can then oil, with linseed oil or some other type of leather oil. Products can be found a tack shops or hardware stores.

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October 23, 2010

How do I get mold out of a tan coat?

By Teresa J Page from Robbin, NC


March 26, 20120 found this helpful

The best way to remove mold stains from fabric is to use an equal portion of Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonia. With any stain you should always test in an inconspicuos spot to ensure that it will not fade the color of the item being treated. This will also work for many other "organic" stains, such as yellow mustard, tea, coffee, etc.


First launder or clean the item. Being sure to follow proper cleaning method for the item. Using an equal portion of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia (both the standard stuff you can buy at your local super market), apply sparingly to the stain. Blot any excess solution with a white towel, and allow to air dry.

It can take several hours for the stain to go away. Sounds too simple to be true....but it really works! At least most of the time. If the stain remains after treatment, your best bet will probably be to call in a professional.

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March 29, 2010

I have a leather biker's jacket, it was in a damp place and has mould on the lining. How can I get rid of it and the smell?

By L Dysart from Blackpool


March 30, 20100 found this helpful

Get a new one! Ha, just kidding,
1 part rubbing alcohol
1 part water


Spray on or use on a dampened cloth. Use a clean white lint free cloth and replace as it gets dirty. Avoid direct sunlight and allow to air dry. You may also turn on a fan and allow it to gently waft over the surface. Good luck.

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September 20, 2006

I am looking for a recipe for an anti-mold application on fabric.

Sandip from Kolkata, India

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January 29, 2017

The fabric on a baby stroller can develop mold stains if closed up and stored while wet or placed in a damp area. This is a page about removing mold stains on stroller.

A used stroller outside near steps.

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January 22, 2017

Christmas stockings and decorations are often stored in attics, basements, and garages. Sometimes this can result in mold growth. This is a page about cleaning mold from a Christmas stocking.

A row of Christmas stocking in red and white.

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