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Keeping Mould Growth Off Your Closets and Clothes

One of the things that homeowners try to avoid is the growth of mould in their homes. Moulds usually appear in very moist places, such as around leaks in pipes, windows, and roofs. Moulds can grow on most things, like upholstery, fabric, carpet, drywall, insulation, wallpaper, paints, and dust. You can see them on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard and paper products.

They are classified as microbes that grow outdoors and indoors. Open vents, windows, doorways, and air conditioning and heating systems are entry points of moulds. They can be airborne and attach to your pets, shoes, and clothing. You’d be surprised to know that there could be mould growth inside closets, which is somewhat an unlikely area to be moist.1

If your fitted bedroom wardrobe smells earthy or musty, you can be sure that there’s mould growth somewhere inside your closet.

Preventing mould from growing in your wardrobe

You may think that your bedroom closet is dry. But improper clothes storage can cause the accumulation of moisture inside your wardrobe, which can lead to mould growth.

When this happens, here are the things that you should do.

  • Ensure that your clothes are completely dry before you put them inside your closet. If the clothes are still moist, it can hasten the growth of mould.
  • See to it that you only store clean clothes and other items in your closet. Organic substances and dirt clinging to the clothes that you’ve already worn are a possible source of food for the mould.
  • Air should circulate freely inside the wardrobe, so any moisture is removed. Thus, do not overcrowd or cram all your clothes and other items into every available space in your closet.
  • Avoid storing items on the floor of your closet so that moisture is not trapped under them.
  • Empty your closet periodically so you can clean and dry the interior. Leave the closet doors open for several minutes to allow air to circulate inside and keep your closet aired out and fresh.

Removing mould growth from your closet

If you spot mould growth in your closet, so should remove it immediately. Bleach is a good mould remover, but it is not advisable to use it on delicate wood. It can also ruin the closet’s finish. So you need a cleaning solution that’s gentle and appropriate to use on wood.

You’ll need a soft cloth, towel, water, small brush and undiluted white vinegar.

  • Mix an equal amount of water and vinegar. Mix just enough to remove the mould stain.
  • Dip the brush into the solution and apply it over the mould growth to remove the moulds’ outer layer and get rid of the black stain.
  • Moisten the cloth with the solution and wipe over the area with the mould growth. Repeat a few times.
  • To completely remove any mould left after the cleaning process, treat the area with undiluted vinegar. Allow the vinegar to dry.
  • Rinse off the vinegar with fresh water and dry the area with the towel. Allow fresh air to dry the closet completely before putting your clothes back.

Mould is harmful. It can affect people with asthma and allergies, so it is vital to prevent its growth to prevent respiratory ailments from occurring. Ensure that your closet remains dry and remember to clean it regularly.

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