How to Remove Mildew from Different Corners of Your Home

Mildew infestation can be dangerous, it can trigger asthma attacks and various kind of skin allergies. Given below is a step-by-step guide on how to remove mildew from walls, wooden tables and clothes.

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Mildew is a kind of fungal growth. It appears as black spots in our homes. Warm and damp corners serve as breeding grounds for mildew. Areas of the kitchen and bathroom are highly susceptible. Mildew generally grows on natural substances such as brick, wood or some kind of clothing fabrics. How to treat mildew depends on the surface it is growing.

Ingredients to Keep Handy

a) Vinegar

b) Cleaning rag

c) Disinfectant spray

d) Bowl of plain water

e) Damp cloth

f) Dishwash gel

g) Gloves

h) Laundry detergent

i) Laundry sanitiser

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How to Remove Mould and Mildew from Walls

  1. Step 1: Treat with Vinegar

    Soak a cleaning rag in 1 cup of vinegar solution and wipe the mildew affected area of the wall with it. Wipe area with a damp cloth. And re-apply vinegar on the mould affected spot. Wait for 30 minutes.

  2. Step 2: Apply a Disinfectant

    After cleaning, you can disinfect the walls for better hygiene. Before using any product, always test on a small hidden area first and follow instructions on the pack to check usage instructions and test compatibility.

  3. Step 3: Allow it to Air-Dry

    After cleaning, allow the surface to air-dry thoroughly.

How to Remove Mildew from Wooden Tables

  1. Step 1: Dust

    Clean the wooden table to get rid of surface dust. Ensure that you are wearing protective gloves to avoid direct contact. Do not spread the spores further while cleaning.

  2. Step 2: Prepare Cleaning Solution

    Mix 2 drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl of warm water. Soak a cleaning rag in the solution and wipe your table with it. Throw away the rag once you’re done to avoid spreading of spores.

  3. Step 3: Allow it to Air-Dry

    After cleaning, allow the surface to air-dry thoroughly.

How to Remove Mildew from Clothes

  1. Step 1: Soak Your Clothes

    Separate the mildew affected clothes from the rest of the laundry. Soak it in cold water to remove any spores from the surface and let the garment dry under direct sunlight.

  2. Step 2: Wash

    Once the mildew affected garment has dried thoroughly, you can wash it normally. If you prefer to wash your clothes in a washing machine, you can use Surf Excel Matic Liquid, which is specially formulated for washing machines and is easily available in the market.

  3. Step 3: Sanitise Your Clothes

    You may also sanitise your clothes post-wash with a laundry sanitiser such as Lifebuoy Laundry Sanitizer. Follow pack usage instructions for soaking, and do not mix with detergent.

  4. Step 4: Run an Empty Cycle

    Ensure that there is no residue mildew in your washing machine. Run it on an empty load with half a cup of vinegar.

How to Prevent Mildew

Put on the exhaust fan while you are cooking or taking a shower. Dry your clothes in a shaded place with good air flow. Remove excess moisture from the room using a dehumidifier.

When it comes to treating mildew, time is of essence. Take action as soon as soon as spot the mildew.

Key Step

Check for leaky pipes regularly to prevent mildew growth in your walls.

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