Wool clothing stored in damp, warm, dim, or poorly circulated areas can easily attract mold and mildew. If permitted to grow, mold can cause considerable damage, sometimes completely ruining the wool clothing. Signs of mildew and mold in wool clothing include an unpleasant musty odor, discoloration, and sometimes holes in the fabric. Mold and mildew should be removed immediately from wool clothing, and preventative measures should be taken to protect your wool clothing from mold.
Things You'll Need
- Soft-bristled nylon brush
- Mild detergent
- Rubber gloves
Remove the moldy wool clothing from the house immediately and place it outdoors. Never try to clean moldy items in your house, as the mold spores can spread from the clothing to other objects in your home and cause further damage.
Brush off any loose mold growth from the wool with a soft-bristled nylon brush. After the mold is brushed off of the wool clothing, leave the clothing outside in the sunlight for three hours. Sunlight kills mold and mildew.
Soak the wool clothing in a bucket of cold water for one hour, and then rub a few drops of mild detergent on the moldy spots. Be sure to use rubber gloves when applying the detergent to the mold. Rinse the spots with water after applying the mild detergent to them.
Lay the wood clothing flat on a board or table outside to completely dry. The clothing needs to lay flat to prevent it from stretching and losing its shape. The sunlight will kill any remaining mold left on the wool clothing.
Tips & Warnings
- Never use chlorine bleach on wool clothing, as it can damage the wool.
- Photo Credit macro striped wool image by green308 from Fotolia.com
What Will Clean Mold Off a Wool Men's Suit?
Cleaning a man's suit can be a complicated task, especially if mold is involved. Sometimes it is possible to clean mold off...
How to Milk a Sheep
Ewe or sheep’s milk has been used for centuries as a mainstay food source. Sheep’s milk is richer than the milk from...
How to Complete Mold Removal and Clean Mildew
Mildew is a black fungus that can grow on most surfaces. It will spread rapidly and prolifically in dark unventilated places. It...
How to Remove Mildew From Wool
Mildew is a fungus that grows from spores of mold. It appears on many surfaces, including natural fabrics like wool. Mildew starts...
How to Get a Mildew Odor Out of Wool
Mold microorganisms are common, even existing in the air we breathe. However, mold requires moisture to grow. Take away the moisture and...
How to Remove Mold From Wool Clothing
Wool is one of the most susceptible materials when it comes to mold. As a result, even if you store your wool...
How to Get the Musty Odor Out of Fur Coats
If you have come into possession of a fur coat, and you detect a musty smell coming from it, what you are...
How to Clean Mold & Mildew on Clothes
As you go to pull out the clothes that you thought were safely stored away, you find that they're sporting some new...
How to Get Mildew Off Outback Coats
Outback Trading Co. manufactures a large variety of oilskin coats that are designed to repel water instead of absorbing it. However, if...
How to Get a Musty Smell Out of a Wool Blanket
Keeping wool blankets in humid rooms such as basements or attics makes them susceptible to an unpleasant, musty odor caused by mildew...