After prolonged periods of rain, mould can be a real problem. Not only is mould unsightly, but it’s also harmful. If left to grow, mould can cause health issues including eye irritation, nasal congestion, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. No matter how careful you are as a homeowner, mould is something almost impossible to avoid or prevent. And if you’ve lived through persistent periods of rain, it’s quite likely mould has made its way into your home and to your window furnishings.
How mould grows
The truth is that mould is a very common problem in homes, especially in tropical and subtropical areas. When heat from the sun comes in contact with cooler surfaces like windows, it creates condensation. Window furnishings like curtains, blinds and shutters absorb this moisture, creating the perfect environment for mould to grow. The reason why mould is particularly difficult to avoid is because it comes from tiny spores that float in the air. When these spores come in contact with damp environments, they settle, feed off organic matter (anything from wood and paper products to dust with dead skin cells on it) and grow into mould.
Removing mould from curtains
To begin with, take your curtains down from the window and give the fabric a good vacuuming. After vacuuming, you will need to throw away the bag as it will likely contain mould spores. If the vacuuming doesn’t do much, grab an old toothbrush or stiff-bristled brush and brush the curtains using a bit of pressure. Next, run your curtains through a cold cycle in the washing machine. Double check whether your curtains require dry cleaning before you do this. If they do, you will have to visit your local dry cleaners and explain you situation and what you are trying to achieve. The last step is to hang your curtains out to air dry. Do not put them through a dryer as this will cause shrinkage. If you’ve succeeded in removing the mould from your curtains, well done. If you haven’t, you may have to repeat the process a few times. Seek professional help if you are unable to remove the mould.
Removing mould from blinds and shutters
The first step to removing mould from blinds or shutters is to dust them. Using a feather duster will produce best results. This process removes any loose dirt or debris from the blind’s surfaces to make them easier to clean. Once the loose dirt has been removed, vacuum the blinds or shutters using an upholstery attachment. Then wipe each slat down with warm, soapy water using a sponge or cloth. Use a toothbrush to scrub any stubborn spots. You can use a few drops of clove oil in the warm, soapy water as it has natural antifungal properties. After giving your blinds or shutters a final wipe down with clean water, leave them down and open to air dry. Don’t make the mistake of rolling up your blinds without letting them air dry, as you’ll be creating that ideal environment for mould grow back.
Do not use bleach on your blinds. Some people like to use bleach to remove mould, but bleach has corrosive properties and stains easily, permanently damaging your blinds.
- Your Fashionline Team