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    Mould is not only unsightly, it can also create an unpleasant odour and can sometimes be harmful to breathe in. Knowing how to get mould out of fabric properly is important, whether it’s removing stains from clothes, upholstery or other household items. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through each step of the process, from identifying the mould to preventing future growth and removing it once and for all.  

    It’s time to say goodbye to those stubborn mould stains and hello to a clean and healthy home environment. Let's dive in! 

    Step 1: Identifying the mould stains

    The first step in effectively removing mould stains from fabric is to identify its presence. They may be fresh or you may need to remove old stains. Look for visible signs, such as dark spots or discolouration, musty odours or a damp feeling. Remember to check both the front and back of the fabric, as mould can grow on either side. By recognising the extent of the mould problem, you can determine the appropriate treatment method. 


    Step 2: Preparing the fabric for mould removal 

    Start by taking the fabric outdoors or in a well-ventilated area to prevent the spread of mould spores. If the fabric is machine washable, check the care label for any specific instructions. For delicate fabrics or items that can't be washed, consider spot cleaning or dry cleaning options.  


    Step 3: Treating the fabric 

    Now that you've identified the mould and prepared the fabric, it's time to treat the affected area(s). Start by brushing off any loose mould spores with a soft-bristle brush or vacuum cleaner. You may choose to wear a mask whilst doing this, so you don’t inhale any harmful spores. Removing the mould from the fabric first will help to prevent it from spreading during the cleaning process. 


    Step 4: Washing and drying 

    After treating the mould stains, the next step is to wash and dry the fabric. When removing mould, in particular black mould, from fabric, it’s important to wash the fabric on a hot wash to kill bacteria. However, make sure to follow the care label instructions and use the appropriate temperature setting for whatever it is you’re washing. This is particularly important if you’re trying to get mould out of clothes, so you don’t ruin your garments. 

    Once washed, check the fabric for any remaining mould stains before drying it. Hang the fabric to air dry in a well-ventilated area, preferably under sunlight, as that will help kill mould spores.  


    Step 5: Preventing future mould growth

    Keep fabrics dry and well-ventilated, especially in areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms or in basements. Use dehumidifiers or fans to reduce humidity levels. Regularly clean and inspect fabrics for any signs of mould and promptly address any issues. 

    Removing mould from fabric doesn't have to be a daunting task. With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be ready to confidently tackle mould on fabric to maintain a clean and healthy home.