“Mold thrives in places of high humidity and warmth,” explains Moldblogger.com. “This includes floors, walls, personal items, and yes – clothes.”
Some examples of what causes mold to form on clothes:
- Leaving soaking-wet garments in a plastic bag for days or even weeks
- Storing clothing in a basement with water leakage
- Allowing damp, soiled clothes to remain in a laundry hamper too long
- Leaving clothes or linens out on a screened porch during wet weather or in a baby stroller left outdoors or in a dark, damp place
- Failing to brush clothes that have been worn to clean out a crawl space
- Leaving a garment next to books, papers that are damp, or inside luggage that has become moldyThe first thing to remember, warns Moldblogger, is timing. “The faster you can find a mold-contaminated item, the better. Mold becomes increasingly hard to remove and to deal with as it grows and thrives.”
At Classic Cleaners, we agree. Put mold-contaminated items in a separate bag from other garments and bring it to our technicians as soon as possible. Using bleach or even vinegar at home can in fact help treat mold, but often at the expense of ruining the color of the garment.
Classic Cleaners professionals, who have earned a reputation for expert stain removal, and who are often called on to treat water-damaged household items such a drapes and bed coverings after a house fire, find that odors from mold and mildew can prove exceeding challenging to remove.
Mold can be a formidable opponent, dangerous to health as well as to clothes. But when alert customers team up with the dry cleaning professionals at Classic Cleaners, the odds are in favor of the good guys!
– by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team