How to Remove Mold Spots From Fabric


Mold thrives in dark, warm, moist areas. If left untreated on fabric, mold will spread, staining the fabric and leaving behind a musty odor. Once you notice mold stains on fabric, you need to treat them immediately to keep the mold from spreading. Clean mold with care and diligence as mold can harm your health if ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • 1 qt. warm water
  • Container
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Mix 2 tbsps. of chlorine bleach with 1 qt. of warm water in a container.

  • Soak the fabric in the bleach solution. You can also apply the bleach solution to the mold stain on the fabric with a sponge. Blot the area instead of rubbing it.

  • Allow the solution to soak on the fabric for 15 minutes, then rinse off the fabric with cold water.

  • Soak the fabric in a solution of 2 tbsps. of white vinegar and 1 cup of water to remove any lingering odors and prevent the bleach from staining the clothing. Rinse the fabric with cold water and launder it in the washing machine, if possible. Follow care instructions on the label.

  • Hang the fabric to dry to ensure the mold is gone. The heat from a dryer can cause the mold stain to become permanent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always take dry-clean-only fabric to a professional dry cleaner to prevent damage.

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