Mildew Stain Removal
The Basics of Mildew Stain Removal
Mildew stain removal calls for immediate action. Allow the mildew to remain on the cloth for a little long and you will be left with a much weakened version of the original fabric. Mildew, if it is fairly recent, can be washed off quite easily. Ideally you should store your clothes in a cool, dry place so that the mildew is not allowed to form at all.
Mildew is a living organism. Moisture, warmth, and
darkness assist in its growth and help it survive. Mildew does not just need
living tissue to survive. It can feed on organic matter like cloth fibers as
well. It appears as a discolored area on the cloth. As it eats the fiber, it
tends to cause irrevocable damage by weakening the fabric.
For heavier and older stains, the first step in mildew
stain removal is to brush off the mildew from the affected area. The next
step would be to pre-treat the mildew stain by rubbing it with a strong
liquid detergent. The fabric must then be laundered in hot water. After that
you could bleach it in the hottest water that the fabric can tolerate. [Read
the fabric-care instructions to find out how hot you can make the water and
make sure that the fabric is bleach-safe and colorfast.] The bleach and the
residual stains should be rinsed thoroughly before putting it through the
wash. Adding some vinegar into the last rinse would help remove bleach
odors. After bleaching, allow the garment to be sun-dried.
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