So, you've recently discovered a mould problem in your home; you've already contacted a mould removal specialist and had the necessary abatement done. However, you're now left with mouldy clothes that were affected by the problem. You're not sure what to do with them; you don't want to have to pay to replace the clothing, but you're also not sure if you can completely remove the mould. In most cases, with proper cleaning and laundering, you can remove mould from your clothes and wear them again in no time.
DO Brush Off Excess Mould Outdoors
For mould that's caked on, start by putting on a respiratory mask, take the clothes outdoors, and shake them of brush them off so as to remove any excess mould. It is extremely important to do this outdoors, as brushing off the clothes indoors could allow the mould spores to re-enter the air that you and your family are breathing, which could be dangerous to your health. Brush off as much of the excess mould as you can before throwing into the washer with a strong detergent.
DO Know When to Dry-Clean
For certain clothing items that cannot be washed in your home's standard washer, you'll want to bring the clothes into your local dry cleaner to be properly handled. Just be sure to put the clothing into tightly sealed bags so as not to transfer any mould spores into your car. Also, contact the dry cleaner's ahead of time to let them know that you have mould stains on the items you'll be bringing in. Not all dry cleaners will deal with mouldy clothes, so you'll want to give them a heads up.
DON'T Put Clothes in the Dryer
Finally, should you wash your own clothes at home to remove mould, avoid putting them in your clothes dryer. Instead, hang them to dry in the sun; heat from a clothes dryer can make mould spots even more difficult to remove, especially if the clothes need to be re-washed. After all, there is a good chance that you'll need to wash your clothes multiple times in order to remove all traces of mould.
Dealing with mouldy clothes following a mould problem at your home can be a real hassle. However, the good news is that by following the proper steps, you shouldn't have to replace all of your clothing; instead, the majority of the mould should be able to be removed by washing. Contact a professional to learn more.